On the 8th November, Cardiff and Swansea’s Ladies Rugby teams met for the first time this season at Swansea University, in a much-awaited clash. It was Cardiff who drew first blood, scoring through Gen Harvey with an excellent attacking play from the backs. The game was tough, with Swansea putting in some big hits. There were excellent carries by all of the forwards, making the hard yards. Swansea had a couple of lucky line breaks resulting in their scores, but the Cardiff team came back strongly to the few breaks in defence and did not let this dampen their spirits throughout the game.
Further scores came from Maeve Liston and Anna Mawhinney and two conversions slotted over by Jess Coxon. With minutes left on the clock the score was level at 17-17 when Rosie Foley muscled her way over the line giving the Cardiff team the winning score. The game ended 24-17 to Cardiff. This goes some way into repairing the heartache of Varsity and gives Swansea a taste of what Cardiff can bring to a game. Cardiff demonstrated real grit and determination against a strong Swansea side but the team kept playing until the last whistle and as a result gained the victory.
However, on the 15th November, Cardiff faced Cardiff Met, an equally tough game which saw Cardiff lose by only five points, the score being 22-17 to Cardiff Met. Met brought a real physicality to the game, putting up a real contest in the breakdown area, but Cardiff were able to hold them off for the most part. Scores from Cardiff came from Molly Danks, Alana Borthwick and Claire Morgan, with Claire also slotting over a conversion. The game was physical throughout with both Cardiff and Met putting in some big hits. The forwards carried well but there were a few breaks in defence which led to Cardiff Met’s scores.
There was real grit shown by the Cardiff team who kept playing until the last minute but couldn’t find a way through their defence. Cardiff demonstrated a strong scrum and were physical in the tackle area. There were some weaknesses in the breakdown, but the team gave their all. There are plenty of areas to improve on in training, but overall a good performance was put in by the team. The next game is a friendly against Whitchurch RFC on 19th November, a development fixture allowing members of the club who are new to the sport to give it a go. The next BUCS fixture is on the 29th November against Bath. Previously in the season, Cardiff have beaten Bath 53-0 and the team are hoping for a repeat performance in two week’s time when we travel to Bath.