Caernarfon secured their place in the Ladies Supercup final courtesy of their offloading out of tackles and highly commended support play. The 90 points to 5 victory may appear to have been a stroll but Llandaff North were game to the very end and contained the Cofis during the latter stages. The final at Bedwas next Saturday will be a repeat of last years final, seeing the Cofis oppose Swansea.
Scrum half Jess Kavanagh Williams pounced from the off, sprinting on a looping path to the try line within the first minute. This was followed by a fine team try with Beth Davies splitting the defence and securing the service of Rachel Taylor at her side to run in and score.
Llandaff North then contained the Cofis for some ten minutes and were unlucky not to put points on the board when a lovely break by flanker Cerys Ballet left all but one of the Cofi defence floundering.
Caernarfon varied their play by reverting to using their forwards to gain ground and from one such sustained period of pressure it was Emma Edwards who picked up and ploughed over. Soon the Davies - Taylor combination worked again with the latter sprinting clear.
Caernarfon maintained a high tempo and had an element of luck when a high up and under bounced kindly for the advancing chasers to grant Jess Kavanagh Williams her brace.
Number 8 Nicky Crawford paved the way for Beth Davies to score her second and the sixth of the day that also led to her sixth successful conversion. The 100% record was lost when Rachel Taylor collected a Cenin Eifion offload and spotted a gap along the touchline to score her third of the half in the corner.
Beth Davies got back in the groove before the break converting two further tries one which she created for centre Molly Shuttleworth and another when fellow back Elinor Davies chose the perfect angle to outfox the defence.
The second half saw Caernarfon with the slope and they soon extended their lead when Beth Davies adjusted to her scrum half role to touch down from the base of the scrum. She soon scored again, this time hoofing the ball downfield and collecting another kind bounce to squeeze over despite the sterling chase and tackle of Cerys Ballet.
Molly Shuttleworth was next to outsprint the cover before Rachel Taylor stormed through with fifteen minutes to play. When it was expected that Llandaff North would throw in the towel they in fact rose to the challenge and exerted pressure of their own. Beth Kenure constantly found her target at the lineout and with flanker Kira Philpott in overdrive throughout the visitors found themselves on the front foot. Elin Huxtable appeared to be try line bound but for an excellent tackle by Molly Shuttleworth, however they persisted and eventually gained a thoroughly deserved try when quick offloading finally brought a gap for Rhian Gower to exploit and score.
However it was the Cofis who had the final say when standoff Iona Evans sold a dummy and drifted through to score. Beth Davies's conversion brought up the ninety points, her tenth success from the tee during the afternoon. Here's a foot that needs to be kept in cotton wool during the coming week since one kicking opportunity may be all that separates the two final bound teams next Saturday.
Updated 22:15 - 15 May 2018 by Gary Williams