Gloucester-Hartpury make it two from two with dogged win over Wasps
It was always going to be a momentous occasion, Gloucester-Hartpury’s first home game in the top flight. However, few would have predicted the drama that was to follow!
They first had to overcome the late withdrawal of Gemma Sharples due to illness, and also a ferocious opening from the visitors. In fact, it was somewhat against the run of play that Susie Appleby’s side took the lead.
Rachel Lund, who scored two tries last week at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, continued her hot streak as she picked up a loose ball, stepped a defender and sprinted home. Megan Goddard converted.
Wasps were quickly back on terms as number eight Sarah Mitchelson muscled her way over after a period of pressure, Hannah Edwards converting.
Playing expansively, Gloucester-Hartpury then squandered a number of chances but finally got their reward as they kept things tight, Hari McCormack touching down after a driving maul which featured a number of backs supporting the pack.
However, once again, it was Mitchelson who inspired her side, scoring a similar try to her first as the teams went into half-time level at 12-12.
The home backs came out firing in the second half and quickly extended their lead as Kelly Smith crossed with Goddard again converting, before Ceri Large ghosted over, Goddard’s third conversion of the day making it 26-12.
Things were looking good for Gloucester-Hartpury but the visitors weren’t done just yet. A try from a driving maul narrowed the gap to 26-17 before Tova Derk finished well to set up a grandstand finish.
Nerves were jangling but a terrific defensive effort kept the black and golds out and Gloucester-Hartpury had another bonus point win.
Wasps FC Ladies lose to Gloucester Hartpury by 4 points
This weekend saw Wasps FC Ladies travelled west to face Gloucester Hartpury. After their win against DMP Sharks last week, Gloucester Hartpury’s line up remained apart from hooker Hari Mccormack and second row Molly Morrissey. Wasps FC Ladies saw the return of Nic Smith and Maria Waghorn to the forwards and debut run out for hooker, Helena Ironton. With four tries a piece and a very well-matched game-it was a frustrating defeat for Wasps FC Ladies.
Wasps FC Ladies kicked off the game and with both teams looking strong in defence and forcing knock ons, it was set to be a tough game. The hosts put the first points on the board as their centre, Rachel Lund, took the ball over the line down the outside. Ceri Large converted and put the hosts up 7points in the first 10 minutes. Wasps FC Ladies responded quickly and 4 minutes later, former captain and number 8, Sarah Mitchelson, scored a try which, converted by Hannah Edwards, set the score board level.
Wasps, having fought back in attack, set out to make their mark in defence as Gloucester Hartpury battled on the 5m. With Wasps FC Ladies a player down for a high tackle, the hosts capitalise and score from a driving maul in the 15th. The remainder of the first half saw Wasps FC Ladies’ Sarah Mitchelson put 5 more points on the board to leave the score at 12-12 on the half time whistle.
The second half saw Sammy Wong back at 9 from her stint on the wing and Abby Dow brought back onto the wing. Gloucester Hartpury started the second half strong, scoring a try under the posts in the 41st minute, after Wasps left themselves short in defence, and a second in the 50th minute by their no.10.
With the score at 26-12 and 30 minutes left to play, Wasps were not prepared to let the game get away from them. Making changes in their forwards pack, Wasps looked to sting back. The next 15 minutes saw Wasps make a statement in attack scoring two tries. The first won following a Wasps line out on the 5m from Amy Atkinson, brought onto the flank. The second from winger Tova Derk, who outpaced Gloucester Hartpury from the half way to bring the score up to 26-22.
The final 10 minutes saw the majority of play in Gloucester Hartpury’s 22. Despite the ladies’ hard graft, the hosts successfully defended their try line and left Wasps 4 points short of a win.
Looking onto next week, Wasps FC Ladies head north to face DMP Sharks where they will be looking to build on lessons learnt from the first two rounds and secure that first win of the new competition.
|23/09/2017||4:30 pm||Premier 15s||2017-18|