Women’s rugby Cats get up and run­ning with vic­tory over De­vizes

Bristol Post - - SPORT - John WHITE post­sport@b-nm.co.uk

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.

Pic­ture: John White

Ge­orgina Bes­sell in ac­tion for Chew Val­ley Cats

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