Wasps FC Ladies take home the all important Win after they beat DMP Sharks 28-32
Wasps secure 5 points on the road
This weekend saw Wasps FC Ladies travel north and take on DMP Sharks in the third round of Tyrrell’s Premier 15’s. It was a game of two halves with Wasps dominating the first, scoring 5 tries including two from debutant and England Legend Rocky Clark and one from fellow debutant England International Millar-Mills. DMP Ladies came back strong in the second half to score 4 tries but narrowly miss out on the win by 4 points.
The first 10 minutes saw play taken into Wasps FC Ladies half with DMP Sharks in possession- the hosts looking like a strong side to take on. An early penalty gave DMP Sharks a LO just outside Wasps’ 22, only to be stolen by second row Alex Powell. Wasps were not letting the game get away from them that easily.
Wasps FC Ladies soon took the game back into DMP Shark’s 22 and set out to sting in attack. The first try of the game came at 14’. Following some hard graft from the pack on the 5m, the ball was passed out to the backs and into the hands of Captain Kate Alder who took it over the line.
Having put the first points on the board, Wasps FC Ladies looked fierce. A forwards pass from DMP gave Wasps the Scrum and the chance to go again. The second try came from England Legend Rocky Clarke on her debut for Wasps who took the ball over the line to leave the visitors 10 points up.
Wasps FC Ladies went on to score a further 3 tries in the first half. The first from winger, Abby Dow, following a scrum, which, stolen by hooker Sarah Mimnagh, was passed back to England international Millar-Mills, who took the ball up the field giving the visitors some space to play. The second came from Wasps debutant Millar-Mills who, after the visitors were held up on the line, took the ball from the back of the scrum and put Wasps over the line and up by 24 points. In the closing minutes of the first half, Wasps found themselves back on the 5m with a scrum to DMP. Stolen again by Wasps, the ball was passed out wide and when put back in the hands of the forwards, was taken over the line by Rocky Clarke- her 2nd try of the game.
The second half couldn’t have been more different than the first. DMP made a half time substitution with England international Katy Mclean coming on at fly half. The presence of the England number 10 on the pitch gave DMP a new lease of life and put them on the front foot from the off.
Not long into the first half, DMP put their firsts points on the board with a try from Claudia McDonald. Katy Mclean then added the extras from the touchline. With DMP piling on the pressure on the wasps defence, it wasn’t long before they got their next try from their fullback Katherine Hobson on 55 minutes. Katy Mclean again added the extras. Following this try, Wasps introduced some fresh legs for Sarah Mitchelson and two try hero Rocky Clark making way for Nic Smith and Sarah Battley respectively. The reinforcements seemed to steady the ship but the penalty count continued to rise and Wasps kept putting themselves under pressure from the DMP attack.
Two further substitutions of Hannah Edwards and Charlie Veale coming on for Louise Dodd and Sarah Mimnagh. DMP continued to pile on the pressure which started to show on the Wasps defence. Charlie Veale came rushing out of the defence and caught the attacker high in the tackle which the ref deemed to be worthy of a yellow card. This prompted further changes from the Wasps bench with Sammy Graham and Kate Hallett coming on for Sammy Wong and Justine Lucas. However, being a man down showed with DMP once again crossing the whitewash and Mclean adding the extras. Wasps managed to turn the ball over from a handling error from DNP and after a few phases DNP gave away a penalty which Hannah Edwards duly knocked over to increase the led by 11 points with a few minutes to go. This did not deter DNP who regained the ball from the kick off and crossed the whitewash to secure a losing bonus point and a try bonus point to finish. A huge 5 points for Wasps to take back to London was exactly what this team needed.