WINDSOR Dames captain Chloe Humphreys is taking the positives from a 70-7 defeat against Old Albanians in the National Intermediate Cup on Sunday, writes Rob Stevens.

A converted try from Jess O'Sullivan was the best the Dames could do in a brutal loss at Home Park.

Humphreys admits it was not their finest moment, but she insists Windsor can take a lot from it ahead of their return to league action this weekend.

She told the Observer: "We had a few injuries so couldn't get a full-strength squad out on the pitch. We had a lot of regular starts that weren't able to do so, with others playing out of position.

"It was a challenge for the new girls as well but our resiliency was good within the squad, especially in the pack, and the experienced players stepped up as well.

"Old Albanians are a couple of leagues above us so it was a new challenge and good to work on our defence, and the scoreline wasn't reflective of the game.

"With the ball in hand we were sometimes better than them but we've got to work on finishing our chances.

"When you come up against a team from a couple of levels above you can learn things from it, like game management.

"We can take a lot of positives from it and can now look forward to the game this Sunday and playing a team back at our level."

Windsor return to action in South East West One with a visit from Havant, and Humphreys believes it will be a good challenge to see how far the Dames have come.

She said: "Havant have really improved this season, but it's an opportunity to show what we can do and we're really looking forward to it. There's a lot to work on this weekend."