Wasps FC Ladies secure the win over Worcester Valkyries
Round 17 of Tyrrell’s Premier 15’s saw a physical game for Wasps FC Ladies as they faced Worcester Valkyries on home turf. After an unsettled start to the game, the team went on to put 50 points on the opposition ending the game in a 55-5 victory.
Worcester Valkyries started the game fierce, their defence right up on the home side. The first points hit the score board just 4 minutes in with a try from Worcester Valkyries number 11 down the wing. Unconverted, the score board was set at 0-5. In reaction to Worcester’s threat, Wasps turn up the pace and a break from Louise Dodd took play into Worcester’s 22. A pass out to captain Kate Alder, making her debut in the 10 shirt, took play into the 5m channel and left the forwards to finish the job. Sarah Mitchelson brought the team level just 9 minutes in and a successful conversion from Louise Dodd, put Wasps ahead.
With both sides having crossed the whitewash and the playing field level, the next 10’ saw an intense fight to edge ahead. At 20 minutes Worcester Valkyries gave away a penalty at the scrum and a line out to Wasps on the 5m line from which they set up a driving maul leaving Hannah West in prime position to take the glory.
With a flying defence forcing errors from both sides, play saw a series of scrums. However, Wasps pack proved dominant- flanker Liz Crake capitalising off this and making metres each time. At 37 minutes, Liz Crake took play into the 5m channel from a Worcester scrum. A penalty against Worcester saw the packs set for another scrum on the 5m, Nicola Smith picked from the base of the scrum and took play into dangerous territory for Worcester and Sarah Mitchelson, with her second try of the game, finished the job.
The final minutes of the first half saw another try from Wasps FC Ladies after Vicki Lee Jackson found a hole in Worcester’s defence and took play into their 22. From here, the ball fell into possession of Wasps pack and Kany Afilaka sealed the deal leaving the half time score at 24-5.
The second half kicked off to a strong start for the black and gold side- their first try coming 10 minutes in again from hooker, Hannah West, from a Wasps line out and driving maul. Eager to make a comeback in this half, Worcester turned up the pressure in defence, but the home side rose to meet them. To complete her hattrick, Sarah Mitchelson increases Wasps lead with a try following a Wasps scrum on the 22m line. With the try scoring bug in her boot, minutes later Hannah West matched with a hattrick of her own, from a Wasps line out on Worcester’s 5m.
The last 10 minutes of the game saw Wasps’ backs take play into their own hands with two tries led by Michela Dorrian, making her debut for the 1XV. The first following an astonishing display of skill from the backs setting winger Tova Derk loose to beat Worcester’s defence to the line. The second from scrum half, Sammy Wong, who dodged her way through Worcester’s defence from the 22m line to take the glory over the whitewash.
It was a nail biting start to the game for black and gold side, but their fire was soon lit and their sting sharpened to lead them to a nine try victory over Worcester Valkyries, which should see the team into playoffs. A fantastic performance from the whole side, but a special mention to Sarah Mitchelson who ends her season at Wasps with a hattrick before leaving for Army duties.