This was our toughest bout to date and, whilst we maintained a lead throughout the game, we had to fight for every point in the 210-147 victory.
Brest were amazing hosts, welcoming us into their homes, feeding us the tastiest post bout tartlets known to man and showing us a raucous Breton night out on the town. We can't wait to roll out the pasties and Plymouth gin when they come over for the rematch in 2014.
One of PCRG's newest members, L'il Obscure, said this of her experience: "I started derby in January 2013 after a year long wait to get in on the Fresh Meat action. Needless to say I fell in love with the game. A tough six months as an ex-rookie later and I get given the opportunity to play my first international bout. In fact not just a first for me, but PCRG's first international too.
Despite the logistical arrangements it didn't seem real until I boarded the ferry (my little gremlins in tow) - from that moment I would have the most enjoyable, exciting and emotional 38 hours of my life!
The team atmosphere was mixed, and going into the bout against a higher ranking team on foreign ground was, for me, quite nerve wracking. After a couple of jams the team settled and I quickly slotted into place. I was on the edge of the line up bench for the whole bout - even more so in the closing minutes.
Coming out with a win was the most elating experience we had, and to share it with some of the most amazing people we met out there was awesome. Our French hosts did themselves proud and accommodated us in every way possible. I'm grateful to have been able to share such a high with PCR, and having my little boys there cheering me and the team on fills me with such a sense of pride. I've learnt that derby isn't just a sport, it's a family, and it's a way of life."