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Ladies 1st XV - Match centre

Firwood Waterloo Ladies
Bristol Ladies
A Neale
Full time
A Buckland-Hurry, C Mattison, I Noel-Smith
B Stott
L Tuima
B Stott (3)
A Reed
Sat 30 Sep 14:30 - Tyrrell's Premier 15s - Premier Division

Bristol rely on a powerful maul to secure an away win against Firwood Waterloo 20-16

Firwood Waterloo execute their game-plan well but are unable to come away with more than a losing bonus point

Heavy pre-match rain made conditions tricky and both teams committed early penalties. With ball in hand Bristol started quickly, fast-paced running, good lines and a cleverly placed kick pressured the home team although their defence was alert and held well. Securing the ball from a line out Bristol pushed forward, their maul gaining the 5 meters needed for Amelia Buckland-Hurry to score the 1st try 9 minutes in.

From the re-start Firwood Waterloo’s the home side looked for any opportunity to keep the ball in the opposition half. Bethany Stott’s (sponsored by Eddy Warrington) kicking proved effective in kicking for territory, linking up well with a great chase from the backs to pressure Bristol’s attempts to secure the ball. Playing in the opposition half came with rewards 18 minutes in with a try from Co-Captain Ash Neale. Neale’s usual ‘smash and grab’ style of rugby, which broke two tackles, came from linking nicely with the forwards who had quickly secured the ball. Bethany Stott kicked the conversion from a tight angle allowing the home side to take the lead 7-5.

Firwood Waterloo’s relentless kicking stopped Bristol putting together a run of play for much of the half, forcing errors for knocking on, not rolling away and obstructing Rebekah Wilson (sponsored by Eddie Warrington) as she put in one of many great kick chases. The home team capitalised on good field position, changing tack and having Bethany Stott slot away two penalty kicks. Bristol managed to keep in touching distance, their fast-paced attack gaining ground. A breakdown infringement by one of the Firwood Waterloo ladies allowed Amber Reed to close out the half with Bristol just 5 points behind at 13-8.

The second half saw a return of the rain and worsening conditions. Bristol came out of the break fighting but Firwood Waterloo quickly started to re-apply the pressure as in the first half. They could not break Bristol’s defence which held firm on the try line and Firwood Waterloo could only put another 3 points on the scoreboard through a Stott penalty.

Bristol maximised the opportunities they had when in possession of the ball, their persistence was rewarded when their powerful forwards used a set piece from a 5m scrum to get their 2nd try, the conversion pulling them within 1 point, 16-15.

The home side upped their tempo and once again tested Bristol’s defence with Michelle Davis (sponsored by Karl Winrow Tiling Contractor & Property Maintenance), Rebekah Wilson and Lauren Delany (sponsored by Roast Coffee & Kitchen) all making big runs in the second half. Although there were several missed tackles and lots of ground gained by the back threes Firwood Waterloo were unable to increase their lead. In a cruel twist for the home side, it was Bristol who broke through the line. Slipping tackles Noel-Smith gave the visitors their 3rd try, the lead and secured the win for Bristol Ladies 16-20.

This is a season of learning for Firwood Waterloo, the improvement in the team over the first three games this season is evident and as a Wolfpack they are growing stronger. Firwood Waterloo coach Rob Tilsley said after the match “performance, effort and work-rate all fantastic today, we have to keep building, keep learning. Like we have said to the players we’ll come again every week and look to improve.”

By Stuart Lee

Key moments

9:00
Try Amelia Buckland-Hurry scores for Bristol Ladies
18:00
Try Ashleigh Neale scores for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
18:00
Conversion Beth Stott kicks a conversion for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
25:00
Penalty Beth Stott kicks a penalty for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
28:00
Penalty Amber Reed kicks a penalty for Bristol Ladies
33:00
Penalty Beth Stott kicks a penalty for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
46:00
Penalty Beth Stott kicks a penalty for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
53:00
Try Caity Mattison scores for Bristol Ladies
53:00
Conversion Lagi Tuima kicks a conversion for Bristol Ladies
66:00
Try Issy Noel-Smith scores for Bristol Ladies

Highlights

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73:00 Sub Off
Mhairi Grieve is substituted off for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
73:00 Sub On
Caoimhe Morris is substituted on for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
66:00 Try 16 - 20
Issy Noel-Smith scores for Bristol Ladies
66:00 Sub On
Carys Phillips is substituted on for Bristol Ladies
66:00 Sub Off
Keisha Hendricks is substituted off for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
66:00 Sub Off
Poppy Leitch is substituted off for Bristol Ladies
66:00 Sub On
Leigh Hewison is substituted on for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
61:00 Sub Off
Michelle Davis is substituted off for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
61:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
61:00 Sub Off
Georgia Westwood is substituted off for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
61:00 Sub On
Georgie Perris-Redding is substituted on for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
53:00 Conversion 16 - 15
Lagi Tuima kicks a conversion for Bristol Ladies
53:00 Try 16 - 13
Caity Mattison scores for Bristol Ladies
46:00 Penalty 16 - 8
Beth Stott kicks a penalty for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
44:00 Sub On
Becky Hughes is substituted on for Bristol Ladies
44:00 Sub Off
Amber Reed is substituted off for Bristol Ladies
40:00 Sub Off
Lucy Attwood is substituted off for Bristol Ladies
40:00 Sub Off
Rachel Thomas is substituted off for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
40:00 Sub On
Freya Hellin is substituted on for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
40:00 Sub Off
Claire Hutchinson is substituted off for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
40:00 Sub On
Caity Mattison is substituted on for Bristol Ladies
40:00 Sub Off
Sarah Acheson is substituted off for Bristol Ladies
40:00 Sub On
Phoebe Murray is substituted on for Bristol Ladies
40:00 Sub On
Emma Hutchinson is substituted on for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
End of period 1
33:00 Penalty 13 - 8
Beth Stott kicks a penalty for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
28:00 Penalty 10 - 8
Amber Reed kicks a penalty for Bristol Ladies
25:00 Penalty 10 - 5
Beth Stott kicks a penalty for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
18:00 Try 5 - 5
Ashleigh Neale scores for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
18:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Beth Stott kicks a conversion for Firwood Waterloo Ladies
10:00 Sub Off
Kate Newton is substituted off for Bristol Ladies
10:00 Sub On
Jessie Hood is substituted on for Bristol Ladies
9:00 Try 0 - 5
Amelia Buckland-Hurry scores for Bristol Ladies
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Firwood Waterloo Ladies
  • Bristol Ladies
  • 0
  • Amelia Buckland-Hurry Try 9:00'
  • Jessie Hood Sub On 10:00'
  • Kate Newton Sub Off 10:00'
  • Ashleigh Neale Try 18:00'
  • Beth Stott Conversion 18:00'
  • Beth Stott Penalty 25:00'
  • Amber Reed Penalty 28:00'
  • Beth Stott Penalty 33:00'
  • Claire Hutchinson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Emma Hutchinson Sub On 40:00'
  • Freya Hellin Sub On 40:00'
  • Rachel Thomas Sub Off 40:00'
  • Lucy Attwood Sub Off 40:00'
  • Phoebe Murray Sub On 40:00'
  • Sarah Acheson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Caity Mattison Sub On 40:00'
  • Becky Hughes Sub On 44:00'
  • Amber Reed Sub Off 44:00'
  • Beth Stott Penalty 46:00'
  • Caity Mattison Try 53:00'
  • Lagi Tuima Conversion 53:00'
  • Michelle Davis Sub Off 61:00'
  • Georgie Perris-Redding Sub On 61:00'
  • Georgia Westwood Sub Off 61:00'
  • Sub On 61:00'
  • Leigh Hewison Sub On 66:00'
  • Issy Noel-Smith Try 66:00'
  • Carys Phillips Sub On 66:00'
  • Poppy Leitch Sub Off 66:00'
  • Keisha Hendricks Sub Off 66:00'
  • Mhairi Grieve Sub Off 73:00'
  • Caoimhe Morris Sub On 73:00'

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League round up

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Loughborough Lightning
19
40
Harlequins Ladies
Worcester Valkyries
0
74
Saracens Women
Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC
29
0
Richmond FC

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC 8 25
5. Bristol Ladies 9 21
6. Loughborough Lightning 8 21
7. Richmond FC 8 14
8. Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 9 13
9. Firwood Waterloo Ladies 8 5
10. Worcester Valkyries 8 0

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