Women’s rugby Cats get up and running with victory over Devizes
THE Cats recorded their first South West One victory against Devizes Women since winning promotion in a game they dominated for long periods. Defence was key and, although both sides were guilty of taking the ball into heavy traffic, once out it was Cats who had the edge.
Georgina Bessell and Rachael Branch let little past them and, on the odd occasion when the Cats line was threatened, Charlotte Hynam snuffed out any threat from open play.
The Cats scored first after 19 minutes when flanker Joanna Pratt went over after a break by Branch.
Rihanna Williams, operating at hooker, took three against the head in the first period and, with skipper Hannah Pearce at No 8 making good yards off the base, it was in open play that the hosts looked the most dangerous. A searing outside break from Bessell took her to within two metres of the line and Williams was on hand to pick and go over from the ruck.
Poor discipline in their own half gave Devizes territory, and some weak tackling let Emma Matthews in for a soft try, which was converted by fly-half Denise Warburton.
On 60 minutes, the Cats finally put the ball wide for replacement winger Taylor Woodman to cross for a touchdown. However, more sloppy play gave No 8 Sammy Tibbetts the chance to score a second Devizes try and the conversion from centre Jen Marston made it a one-point game.
Williams collected her second try after burrowing through a maul close to the line, then Hynam showed what she is capable of with the ball in space by hitting a line off fly-half Fiona Penfold to go in from halfway, before adding the conversion herself to make the game safe with six-minutes to go.
Leaders St Mary’s Ladies were handed a home walkover after Oakmedians were unable to raise a side.
Bristol Bears Women United suffered their first defeat of the season, going down down 32-12 against Wasps Ladies seconds at Shaftesbury Park. Serena Settembri bagged both tries, with Becky Hughes adding one conversion for the Bears.
In South West North Two, Gordano Ladies beat Chipping Sodbury Ladies 31-12, Hornette’s Ladies won 41-5 against Thornbury Ladies, while North Bristol Ladies went down 24-17 at Bath Ladies after conceding a try in the final five minutes of a pulsating match. Kirsty Horner, Izzy Wild- goose and Dani Rigby scored North’s tries.
Old Bristolians Ladies were unable to raise a side for their trip to Westbury Ladies.
Tries by Morgan Caines, Maddy Chappel (2), Issy Jones and Hattie Veal secured a 25-20 victory for Dings Girls Under-15s against Chipping Sodbury.
Dings Girls Under-18s’ game against Winscombe was abandoned after three girls were injured at Shaftesbury Park.
Georgina Bessell in action for Chew Valley Cats