Wasps Suffer final game defeat
Top of the table prove too much for Wasps Ladies
Wasps travelled to Cleve Rugby Club to play title chasing Bristol Ladies in the final round of the Women’s Premiership on Sunday 26th March 2017. Bristol knew that a win would see them clinch the title away from Lichfield who were dominant in the final game the day before.
Wasps started the game well and had an opportunity to take the lead as early as the 6th minute but were held up on the line and failed to convert the chance. This appeared to awaken Bristol Ladies and they took the lead in the 9th minute through Clara Nielson, Wasps could feel hard done by as there appeared to be crossing in the build up which allowed Bristol to break the defensive line. The Conversion was missed. Bristol extended their lead in the 12th minute, Wasps again could feel hard done by after a potential forward pass was missed by the officials and Poppy Cleall went over and set the ball down behind the sticks. 4 minutes later Bristol went over again, Wasps made some good yards and after some flowing rugby had the chance to reduce the deficit but some good defending led to Cat Mcnaney stealing the ball and running the length of the field to make the scores 17-0.
Bristol’s dominance continued and in the 27th minute increased their lead further with Nielson crossing for a second time in the game. A catch and drive from an attacking line out led to Nielson bundling over. With 33 minutes on the clock Bristol crossed the try line once again. Bristol played some wonderful flowing rugby with two offloads which led to Sarah Bern’s score. The conversion was successful and the score at half-time was 29-0 to the title chasers.
Wasps came flying out of the blocks in the second period and got a well-deserved try through Vicki Jackson. Flowing rugby led to wasps gaining yards before a nice offload from Hannah Edwards enabled Jackson to bully her way over, Edwards converting the score.
Bern scored for a second time and this came from a line break in the midfield and the try was scored with ease as Bristol physicality began to take its toll on Wasps. The tries continued to flow for Bristol with Cleall crossing again. Another line break and another offload again proving to be the influencing factor for the try this time round. After 64 minutes Bristol lead 41-7. Bristol would score one more try from the final play of the game, A tap and go penalty put the ball in Bern’s hands who ran with brute strength and running through 2 tackles to complete the scoring. The conversion was again successful and the final score was 48-7.
Bristol secured top spot in table after this dominant performance.
Wasps now look ahead to the Cup Final next weekend against Aylesford at Royal Wooton Bassett RFC 15.30KO.