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en5AlbionW2.Jpg Leader of the pack...Al bion prop Latasha Reriti who is ready to fend off a Blues player has team mates Maggie Gollan, Georgia Holland, Pagan McCallum and Samantha Weily close by during a Southland-wide senior women’s game last week. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Fitness was the difference between the Albion Eastern Southland and Blues women’s rugby teams in their game last week.

The halftime score at the Gore A&P Showgrounds was 10-5 to the Blues, but the Invercargill team pulled away in the last 20 minutes to win the game 51-10.

The Albion team is coached by Kevin Holland and Kevin Heads.

Holland said that while he thought the team held its own for most of the game, the Blues finished the second half well, adding 41 points to their total.

“They were just probably a wee bit fitter than us, which showed in the last 20 minutes,” Holland said.

“They ran us around, really.

“To be honest, they had three breakout tries which inflated the score.”

Second five-eighth Libby Pannett-Miller had a good game.

“She put great pressure on their backline.”

Prop Latasha Reriti also played well.

“The extra footy .. is doing her the world of good.

“She’s coming on in leaps and bounds.”

The team had been together for two years and was benefiting from the experience.

“It’s making a huge difference.

“We’re going from strength to strength.”

The team is sitting third on the table, and the coaches said they were pleased with the way it was performing.

Having fun was important to the players, Holland said.

“I say to the girls, be the best team in the world but we’re going to have a helluva lot of fun”

The team’s next match is against Pioneer at Gore’s Newman Park on Sunday.