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Your News South West Women and U18s defeat Midlands in new look Divisional Championship games

A hat-trick from Cardiff University and Bristol centre Sally Tuson earned the South West Womens team their first win in the revised RFUW Divisional Championship beating the Midlands, 19-14, at Cheltenham RFC last Sunday (Mar. 20).

Having previously lost to both the London & South East Division and the North it was a particularly fine display by the depleted South West squad having supplied a good number of players to the various international squads.

As the RFUWs South West Talent Development Officer Kevin Moggridge said: It was fantastic to be honest with the side that we had out and it was a very good performance.

Its also been very positive to see the improvement of players over the recent Divisional games.

Tusons opening try followed a superb team effort running through five different phases before the centre rounded it off and early replacement full back Ceri Large banged over the conversion.

The Midlands had levelled the score at 7-7 by half-time however after fly half Debbie Masons try, that she also converted herself.

But Tuson and her South West teammates werent about to let the visitors get on top and, following the centres 40 yard defence breaking sprint before being tackled, the ball was quickly recycled out to the wing and then back inside for Tuson to round off and for scrum-half Sarah Holloway to convert.

Back came the visitors, once again, with a superb 40 metre scoring sprint up the tramlines from wing Lydia Thompson and again converted by Mason to level the match, 14-14, before Tusons final flourish.

This time it was on the end of a bout of constant pressure from the home side that finally opened up the space for Tuson to race over for the winning try and her hat-trick with three minutes to go.

Tuson was unquestionably the player of the match along with No.8 Juliet Short whos late injury and subsequent trip to hospital with concussion caused the game to be ended a few minutes prematurely denying the chance of a second conversion for Holloway.

That completes the South Wests opening RFUW Divisional Championship campaign and leaves them bottom of the table behind the North by a one point margin in their points difference.

Were happy with the win and the progress weve made and now weve got to move on for next season, summed up Moggridge.

South West Division squad v Midlands: Harriett Hewitt (Exeter University); Lucy Pascall (Bristol), Amy Wilson Hardy (England U20s, South West), Sally Tuson (Cardiff University and Bristol), Katie Mason (England U20, Bath Uni., Bristol); Charlotte Keane (England U20s, South West), Sarah Holloway (Bath Ladies); Daniker Willmore (England U20s, Bristol), Emily Hunter (Bath Ladies), Sarah George (England U20s, Exeter University); Kate Newton (UWIC and Bristol - c), Rachel Bennett (Bath Ladies); Charlotte Fredrickson (Penryn), Kayleigh Winser (Cheltenham Ladies), Juliet Short (South West). Reps - Sofia Luxton (Bath Ladies), Lucy Demaine (England U20s, Exeter University, Bristol), Kate Hancock (Plymouth Albion), Sarah Graham (Bristol), Ceri Large (England U20 and Worcester),

Head Coach - Mark Hawkes

Assistant Coach - Nathan Kelly

Physio - Keith Graham

Manager - Claire Wright

U18s make it a super Sunday for the South West

Two tries from Chipping Sodbury centre Daisy Mayes helped the South West U18 side claim their first win of the new look four team Divisional U18 Championship season, 31-19, having drawn, 15-15, against London & South East in their opening match.

Mayes grabbed one in either half, including the games opening try, before hooker Charlie Notman touched down a second which, along with the first of Megan Goddards three conversions, gave the South West a 12-5 interval lead.

Player of the match, full back Alex Smith, and replacement No.8 Kate Turnbull added the second-half touchdowns with Goddard converting both.

It was scrappy early on until the game settled down and then there was some good quality rugby played, commented the South Wests watching RFUW Talent Development Officer Kevin Moggridge. The forwards were very dominant and led well by skipper Emily Kingston while lock Kate Ormond who also had a fine game.

But, overall, it was a credit to U18 rugby through the systems.

The South West U18s will complete their Divisional matches facing the North, away from home, in April.

South West U18 Division v Midlands: Alex Smith (Launceston); Holly Molesworth (Plymouth Albion), Rachel Roberts (Hartpury), Daisy Mayes (Chipping Sodbury), Devon Holt (Reading); Megan Goddard (Gloucester Reds), Alice Stean (Newquay Hornets); Lucy Aylesbury (North Dorset), Charlie Notman (Cornwall), Emily Kingston (Gloucester - c); Kate Ormond (Melksham), Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Minety); Kelly Kennard (Exeter Saracens), Megan Oaten (Bristol Ladies), Becky Wilson (Gloucester Reds). Reps - Becky Harris (Thornbury), Zoe Roach (Gloucester Reds), Fran Strong (Exeter Saracens), Katie Turnbull (Thornbury), Lauren Chenoweth (Newquay Hornets), Bianca Blackburn (Gloucester Reds).

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 include 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.

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