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The South West Womens Senior side put up a battling performance against a very experienced London & South East squad at Newbury RFC last Sunday (Feb.26), in their opening RFUW Divisional Programme match, before going down 17-5.

The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players go from playing club rugby to representing their county. Current England stars who have qualified through this pathway include most recently Emily Braund, who got her first cap for England last weekend in the RBS 6 Nations against Scotland.

Players selected for the Divisional Programme have been selected by their Constituency Body and if they are successful could go on to try out for England, 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.

With five players making their Divisional debuts the South West held their visitors to a score apiece for much of the second half before London grabbed their second try and a third to end the match.

Overall it was a very tough game for us, admitted Kevin Moggridge, the South West RFUWs Divisional Talent Development Officer. London have a lot of experienced players and a very good pack that stopped us getting enough ball to go forward.

But it was a battling performance and the South West back line looked dangerous when they did get the ball.

Trailing 5-0 at the break to a converted Nicola Hoole try the South West girls started to win more ball in the opening stages of the second half.

And, it was a great cross field kick from Daryl Poole, who had taken over the fly half role, that was latched on to by wing Mary-Anne Gittings for the touch down that proved to be the South Wests only try.

Flanker Sophie Nichols try, well-worked off quickly recycled ball, stretched the visitors lead to 10-5 soon after and, with the final play of the game, Laura Kapo snatched up a loose kick and ran in from midfield for London's third, converted by Georgia Peedle to end the match.

South West Senior Women: Kate Hancock (Plymouth/Devon); MaryAnne Gittings (UWIC/Gloucs), Sally Tuson (Bristol/Somerset), Daryl Poole (Saracens/Herts), Lauren Therrin (Bristol/Somerset); Sarah Holloway (Bath/Somerset), Sian Moore (Bristol/Somerset - c); Poppy Davis (Exeter Uni/Devon), Charlie Notman (Penryn/Cornwall), Kate Newton (Bristol/Somerset); Janet Pole (Henley Hawks), Zoe Saynor (Exeter Uni/Devon); Kayleigh Winsor (Cheltenham/Gloucs), Megan Oaten (Bristol/Gloucs), Poppy Cleall (Bristol/Somerset). Reps:- Clara Nielson (North Tawton/Devon), Marcassus Gaelle (Newbury/Berkshire), Rebecca Hughes (Bristol/Somerset), Kelly Wallis (Buckingham Swans/Bucks), Louise Dennis (Worcester/Gloucs), Rachel Bennett (Bath/Somerset), Jessica Irvine (Bracknell/Berks).

Coaching Staff: Head Coach: Nathan Kelly; Asst Coach: LJ Adams; Team Manager; Daryll Hill; Physio: Keith Graham; Kevin Moggridge DTDO

Remaining South West Divisional Fixtures:-

Midlands at Whitchurch RFC Mar. 11

North at Hartpury College Mar. 18

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