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Your News South West Women lose to the North

The South West Division Senior Womens side returned bloodied but unbowed from their trip to Lymm RFC where they lost narrowly to the North, 34-22, last Sunday (Mar 6th), in the second of their new look Divisional matches.

A last minute converted try from the Norths replacement Corrine Allmark flattered the scoreline after South West flanker Juliette Shorts try, converted by centre Ceri Large, had got had them to within five points of their hosts and trailing 27-22 with 10 minutes to go.

The South Wests performance was very tenacious with great teamwork between the backs and forwards who linked well, commented the South Wests team manager Claire Wright.

The visitors actually opened the scoring when some neat and tidy passing through the hands of the three-quarters ended with wing Lucy Demaine touching down.

Although the North went ahead soon after, courtesy of wing Ruth Laybourns touchdown converted by her Leodiensians clubmate and fly half Bethany Stott, the visitors again went in front from a 21st minute Large penalty.

But, a Stott penalty levelled the match at 10-10 and it was a second Laybourn try that had the home side ahead by the break, 15-10.

And, they had added a further two touchdowns within seven minutes of the restart when first Darlington Mowden Park Sharks lock Sophie Spence rounded off a good handling move and then her clubmate and right wing Jen Edwards raced in for Stott to add the extras and put her side, 27-10, in front.

Back came the South West however and, from some solid play in the home sides half, finally pierced the Norths defence with a try from full back Clare Simpson in the corner.

More pressure was rewarded with 10 minutes to go as the visitors got to within five points of their hosts, courtesy of Shorts try, only for the North to, once again, stretch their lead in the final minute when replacement Allmark dabbed down and Stott ended the match with the conversion.

The South West Senior Women will be back in action on March 20th when they take on the Midlands at Cheltenham RFC.

Note: The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players from u15s upwards progress from playing club rugby to potentially representing their country. Current England stars who have qualified through the player pathway included Margaret Alphonsi and Emily Scarratt.

Players selected for the Divisional Programme have been selected by their Constituency Body and if they successful could go on to try out for England this season, or qualify for the Under 18s and Under 15s RFUW National Talent Development Groups, which looks to develop the future talent of England Womens rugby

South West Division: Clare Simpson (Cheltenham University); Sally Tuson (Cardiff University and Bristol), Amie Wilson-Hardy (England U20s and Bristol), Ceri Large (England U20 and Worcester), Lucy Demaine (England U20s,Exeter University and Bristol); Sarah Holloway (Bath Ladies), Charlotte Keane (England U20s); Pip Payne (Cheltenham Ladies), Emily Hunter (Bath Ladies) Sarah George (Exeter University); Kate Newton (UWIC and Bristol - c), Zoe Saynor (Exeter University and Bristol); Juliette Short (Plymouth MarJohn), Sophie Pascall (Bristol), Poppy Cleall (University of Bristol and Bristol). Reps:- Daniker Willamore (England U20s and Bristol), Rachel Bennett (Bath Ladies), Kayleigh Winsor (Cheltenham Ladies), Sarah Graham (Bristol), Harriett Hewitt (Exeter University), Kate Hancock (Plymouth)

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