WINDSOR Dames are guaranteed at least third position in South West One East this season after a 27-19 win against Crowthorne.

In their final home match of the campaign, the Dames beat their county rivals with tries from Kate Hallett, Rachel Humphries, Joe Hockly, Chloe Baker and captain Sophie Barnett. Humphries also booted a conversion.

“We had a squad of 22 and they were all excited and up for it,” Barnett told the Observer. “It was a good hard game and an excellent result as well. It was really nice to end the season at Home Park on a high. I was really happy.

“Crowthorne are quite a good side as well even though they just had 15 players and lost one through injury. We could have used that to our advantage a bit better but they still pushed us right until the last minute.

“In the first half we had good phase play but had injuries at the beginning of the second half and got a little less focused. There were a few silly mistakes and we got a bit sloppy, but overall we did really well.

“Their attacks were based around their key player, who was really quick, but we made some really good breaks and overall we done well for the most part.”

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PHOTO: Zoe Daines of Windsor Dames is tackled at Home Park.

The Dames could leapfrog Newbury into second place with an away win in their final league game of the season on Sunday, 19 March, but Barnett would be happy with third.

She commented: “We’ve got to congratulate Reading Abbey (champions). They’ve done really well this season.

“At the beginning of the season I said it would be good to end up in the top three and I’m really pleased with third.”

Windsor will continue with the defence of their National Junior Plate crown with a semi-finals tie away at York on Sunday, March 12.

Barnett said: “I’ve no idea what York will be like but I like that, not knowing about the other team. We will be really up for it and give them a good game because we want to keep our name on the trophy.”