Women’s rugby Cats maul visi­tors in ruth­less, high-scor­ing dis­play

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

CHEW Val­ley Cats cruised to a 69-7 vic­tory over Oak­mea­di­ans at Lob­bing­tons Lane. There wasn’t much in it on the 12-minute mark, with the hosts hold­ing a 10-7 lead. But from then on the Cats purred along nicely to add ten more tries with­out re­ply.

Full-back Char­lotte Hy­nam was the star of the show, rack­ing up an im­pres­sive 29-point haul thanks to a hat-trick of tries and seven con­ver­sions. The visi­tors did have the edge in the line-out and the Cats had to play the ma­jor­ity of the game mi­nus in­flu­en­tial vice-cap­tain Ri­hanna Wil­liams af­ter she left the field with a twisted knee. But ev­ery­thing else fell nicely in place for the home side, who moved up to sec­ond in South West One as a re­sult of their lat­est tri­umph. Nancy Portsmouth and Fiona Pen­fold both claimed try dou­bles, while Rachael Branch, Claire Hather­all, Tay­lor Woodman and Ge­orgina Bes­sell also crossed the white­wash for the Cats.

St Mary’s Ladies, mean­while, con­sol­i­dated top spot af­ter knock­ing over New­ton Ab­bot 25-0. Poor weather con­di­tions in Devon dic­tated that the or­der of the day was to keep it tight, and Saints did that bet­ter than the All Whites. Sammy Knighton was out­stand­ing for the visi­tors, and was in­stru­men­tal in the bonus-point vic­tory.

Vic­to­ria Shak­s­peare, Tammy How­ells, Chloe Tucker and Jo Smith all touched down, with Jade Gam­lin adding a con­ver­sion and a penalty for the Bradley-Stoke based side.

An out­stand­ing de­fen­sive per­for­mance, in which scrum-half Tina Best ex­celled, paved the way for Chip­ping Sodbury Ladies’ 5-0 win over Bath Ladies at The Rid­ings. The home side took an early lead when full-back Katie Sum­merville went over for an un­con­verted try, but spent most of the re­main­der of the match de­fend­ing their line.

Bris­tol Bears Women went down 32-15 to Tyrrells Premier15s reign­ing cham­pi­ons Sara­cens Women at Shaftes­bury Park. Kim Oliver’s side strug­gled to con­tain Sar­ries close-quar­ter power game that saw them cross for three tries in each half.

There were en­cour­ag­ing as­pects, though, with young­sters Esme Bird and Simi Pam catch­ing the eye for Bris­tol. Bry­ony Cleall (2), Lisa McKenna, Zoe Har­ri­son and Lotte Clapp (2) all crossed for Sar­ries.

The Bears’ - now in sixth-place - points came cour­tesy of tries by Pam and Macken­zie Car­son and a penalty and con­ver­sion from Elinor Snowsill. Bris­tol trio Amelia Buck­land Hurry, Poppy Leitch and Clara Niel­son have been in­cluded in the Na­tional Acad­emy squad to face a USA Women’s Se­lects team at New­bury RFC next Tues­day (7.30pm) and Canada Women A at Cob­ham RFC on Novem­ber 21 (7.30pm).

Mean­while, fol­low­ing their re­cent se­lec­tion camp, head coach Jo Yapp has se­lected an Eng­land Women Un­der-20s squad for this sea­son.

Eight Bris­tol Bears Women are in­cluded for the three fix­tures this sea­son, against the Army and then home and away to France (de­tails TBC). Char­lie Budge, Hol­lie Cun­ning­ham, Mer­ryn Doidge, Ebony Jef­feries, Florence Long, Phoebe Mur­ray, Lu­cie Skuse and Jes­sica Thomas are all named.

Pic­ture: Jayne Hy­nam

Nancy Portsmouth on the at­tack for Chew Val­ley Cats against Oak­me­di­ans

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