Tigers put on brave display against table toppers
Cheltenham Tigers Women put on a brave display against top of the table Thurrock on Sunday, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the win.
The Tigers haven’t quite hit the rich vein of form of last season and went down narrowly away to Reading Abbey the week before, however remained unbeaten at home.
It was an even start with both teams having periods of possession and territory but it was Thurrock who managed to get over the white wash first with a strong run from their flanker who managed to hand off half the Tiger team on her way to the line. Thurrock capitalised on this lapse in concentration and soon added another score.
It was then the Tigers turn to show some attacking intent and although a period in the 22 didn’t bear and fruits, it wasn’t long before a turnover just outside the 22 by Cat Slevin saw the backs and forwards combine perfectly to put Maisie Jerrim-Wyse in for a score in the corner. This took the score to 5-10. Unfortunately for the Cheltenham Women, another try was conceded before half time, making it 5-15, but still with all to play for.
The start of the second half was all Tigers, with some great carries by Bryony Narbeth and Meg Reid and the centre partnership of Meg Youdan and Jo Hurd combining well. The difference of this half was Cheltenham were able to capitalise on their visits to the 22, starting with a snipe from scrum half Laura Hale who touched down for her 6th of the season.
It wasn’t long before Tigers were back pushing for more and after being denied in the first half, Shelley Dobson-Stevens got her first try in a Tiger shirt. This took the score line to 15-15 with around 20 minutes remaining.
Cheltenham defended gallantly for most of the remaining minutes, but Thurrock showed their class and managed to get over for a score out wide. The Tigers then struggled to get out of their 22 or get back any meaningful possession and Thurrock snuck over in the last minute to take the final score to Cheltenham 15 – 27 Thurrock.
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|04/11/2018||2:00 pm||Women's Championship South 1||2018-19|