Abbey Nuns Make it Three from Three
Abbey Nuns continued in the same vein as Abbey men’s 1st XV by showcasing a dominant performance against island visitors Guernsey to assure them safeguarding their place at the top of Championship South West 2.
Four tries from fly-half Annette Tomas, allowed from a dominant platform from the pack, assured Abbey Nuns a hard-fought bonus-point victory in front of a record home crowd. Early pressure from lock Nat Mitchell ensured Abbey were on the front foot, and it wasn’t long before prop Harriet Driver crossed from close range. Subsequent team tries, finished by centre Megan Watts and Tomas, as well as a huge team effort in defence when Guernsey threatened their line, ensured a comfortable half time lead.
The start of the second half saw a period of Nuns indiscipline, when centre Louisa Burgham was binned for dubious persistent offside and Guernsey bit back with a well-worked try of their own, capitalising on their one-man advantage and a momentary lax Abbey defence. Abbey Nuns were quick to respond and replied with two tries from Tomas as well as a superb individual run from Abi Wall, having moved from flanker to centre due to a Watts injury.
The Nuns continues to apply pressure to their home end; flanker Pippa Robinson stole a try from a sterling run from halfway as well as hooker Claire Stevens following a charge down which prop Jess Potter intelligently recovered. Everything was playing the right way for the Nuns and any loose ball was pounced upon, resulting in Tomas’ fourth try.
This was a really first-rate performance from the Nuns; scrums and lineouts gave the backs a superb platform to play off and defence was first-rate. Handling skills ensured the Nuns were on the front foot from the off and the stage is set for the all-Berkshire showdown away to Newbury on October 22nd.