Cardiff 7-23 Bristol
Last Wednesday, Cardiff’s women’s rugby team took on the tough challenge of facing Bristol women’s formidable side. After the last encounter with Bristol, which ended in a 17-all draw, Cardiff were pumped for a home tie.
Cardiff started off well, holding their defence and attacking when in possession of the ball. They were put under pressure by Bristol, especially when passing the ball out to the wings.
Bristol played very well from the outset, with their attack as strong as their defence. The two sides were matching one another at the rucks and scrums, with Cardiff winning the lineouts generally.
It took about 25 minutes of deadlock for anyone to get on the scoreboard. It was Bristol’s number 13 who managed to break through the defence and outrun the Cardiff girls to score the first of Bristol’s tries, which was then converted. Just before the end of the first half, Abigail Berry came on for Cardiff in place of Anna White, who had taken a knock to the head.
Once the second half started and a few positions were shuffled up, things went slightly downhill for Cardiff. Bristol were consistent in exploiting their weaknesses and causing gaps in the defence. This then allowed Bristol to score three more tries, two of which were converted.
Throughout the rest of the second half, Bristol kept putting Cardiff under pressure, causing unforced errors and turnovers at the rucks. During the sceond half, Rosie Harris, Laura Ann Waddilove and Emily Houghton were put on for Beth Stafford, Nicola Earl and Kasia Davies.
For about 10 minutes, Cardiff had a great spell of play, which lead to Houghton scoring Cardiff’s only try, with Elinor Davis converting. But unfortunately Cardiff let that great play fall, letting Bristol score another try. Bristol’s number 13 proved to be the star of the day, scoring most of their tries by breaking through the Cardiff defence.
Despite losing the game, Cardiff played well and learnt where their weaknesses lie. They now have a well-deserved break until they play Plymouth in March.
Cardiff University squad: M O’Sullivan, H Brench-Jones, H Hearle, E Davis, N Earl, K davies, A Stean, N Harrison, A White, C Butler, H Cox, L Cooper, A Fleming, J Benton, B Stafford (C), K Davies, A Berry, R Harris, C Francis, L Sutton, E Houghton, L Waddilove, M Compton