Wakefield Trinity Ladies’ Emilia Povall-Clarke was delighted to get her first 80 minutes in Red, White and Blue as we fell to defeat against Barrow on Sunday.
With players missing through injury, which got even worse when Abbie Millward was forced off the pitch within the opening 10 minutes, head coach, Charlie Doherty, had to make some changes to the pack.
Bringing in the likes of Beth Cain and Povall-Clarke, who was pleased to make an impact on the wing.
“I thought it went really well, experiencing my first full game in Super League,” said Emilia.
“I’m delighted I got a full 80 minutes under my belt and was in the starting 13. Starting made me a bit nervous in the first five minutes of the game, but after that, I got really stuck into it.”
The result wasn’t one the team would have hoped for, however, bringing through players and offering them the chance at Super League rugby is what Wakefield Trinity is all about.
After a tough start, Kacey Davies opened the scoring for the away side, latching onto Sophia Liu’s offload to dot down midway through the second half.
Barrow ran away with the victory, though, but positives can be taken from the overall defensive performance of the side.
Despite the result, I think we all played really well,” Emilia followed.
“The communication on the pitch from everyone was there and helping each other out in tackles, too.
Personally, I think, for my first proper game, my performance was pretty good. I made some good runs to get us yards and a lot of tackles down the wing as well.
“In defence, we definitely applied what we had done in training in the week, moving up and sliding to follow the ball. We can take huge amounts of confidence from the game, in the respect that, we all had great communication and picked each other up throughout the whole game.”
Looking ahead to the future, Trinity has some tough tests with sides in and around them in the Super League table, August proving to be a big month with clashes again both Leigh and Castleford.
The side will now look to the future, and Emilia is confident that the side can end the campaign in a strong position.
“The spirit within the team always stays up no matter what and we take what we need to improve on into training through the week.
“The positives from the game will help us want to improve each game until the end of the season.”