After a few weeks of disappointing results, the girls faced Southampton in the hope of gaining a wanted victory. The game started strongly, with Cardiff being very dominant in all areas of the game. There was an early try from Liliana Podpadec which set the ball rolling for the rest of the game. The Cardiff team were on the attack, with strong carries from all the forwards.
There were a further three tries from Liliana in the first half, providing Cardiff with a strong footing for the rest of the game. Scores also came from Anna Mawhinney, Gen Harvey and Rebecca Eyres with conversions kicked by Claire Morgan, to see the final score at 58-5 to Cardiff. The intensity of the game was high and the Cardiff team dictated much of the play throughout the game. Southampton were strong in the breakdown, however, Cardiff dominated the contact area and were strong in the set piece. There was a change to the usual format of the team due to a number of injuries suffered in the first leg of the season.
Over the past few games, there have been issues in defence, however, Southampton were only able to break the sea of red once, resulting in their only score of the game. The Cardiff team have been struggling with injuries leading up to the game against Southampton, but the squad pulled together and produced a team performance, leading to the victory. The attacking play from the backs was strong, combined with the physical nature of the forwards created a great platform for the team to play from.
Despite the victory, there are always areas of the game to improve upon. Southampton were very strong in the ruck, gaining some turnovers but the Cardiff defence remained strong so there was little chance for the Southampton team to capitalise on their possession. The Cardiff team have areas to improve on in training sessions including the speed with which they are able to reach the breakdown, but this element of the game is much improved from previous performances. Over the past few weeks, the girls have been struggling to turn their play into points, however this was not the case today with a strong points tally.
Over the Christmas break the girls will continue to work hard at home and hope to replicate results like this in the new year. The girls ended 2017 on a high and look to continue their season after the Christmas break with similar victories. The first game after Christmas for CULRFC is Swansea, at home on the 31st January.