Gloucester-Hartpury finalised a successful double header at Kingsolm Stadium with a 15-12 victory against Worcester Warriors Women.
Gloucester-Hartpury won the battle against the local derby rivals with a last minute penalty in their Allianz Premier 15s fixture on March 6.
Gloucter-Hartpury’s Sisilia Tuipulotu reflected on the game and said: “We can’t predict the score. the team preformed the way they did and we got the win at the end of the day”.
“I’m proud of the way we preformed.”
Despite the local derby rivals’ early attempts to dent the home-side’s defence, their early mistakes gave the Cherry and Whites the ball time they needed to claim the first try.
With Gloucester-Hartpury’s back line running like clock work, the Warrior’s were instantly on the back foot to get Bethan Lewis over the whitewash on the third minute.
The Cherry and Whites’ Emma Sing was denied the conversion but still had a five point lead in front of their home-crowd. Repeatedly, the Warrior’s forwards were put to a halt as Hartpury tested their strength off the visitor’s line outs.
Despite the Warriors’ best intentions within the home-side’s 22, the crowd were roaring as Hartpury were awarded back the ball.
Worcester’s simple penalty giveaways served as the fuel for Hartpury’s manipulative attacking strategy.
Unluckily for the Warriors, Hartpury’s connected defence and intimidating tackles limited the visitor’s possibilities to claim a try in the first half.
Worcester’s Washington and Varley’s blinkered vision to the posts was put to a standstill, after Hartpury’s Lewis’ sneaky turnover and crowd cheering sprint alerted Worcester’s back line to recover the ball.
Once again, Warriors’ Varley’s try time was postponed as she broke through Gloucester Hartpury’s defence but dropped the ball. Hartpury’s Sing’s unescapable hand offs were soon back in motion alongside Hannah Jones’ powerful line breaks; which teased the crowd for another try.
On the 39th minute, the Cherry and White’s rising star Tuipulotu was awarded the second try under the posts. Sing’s granted conversion, left Hartpury finishing the first half on a high with a 12-point lead.
On the 52nd minute for the first time of the evening, the home-side were under the post after McNaney’s corner try.
With penalties thrown to and fro, the Warriors creeped into Hartpury’s 22 and Nicholas soon set up the tee in hopes to add three points to the Warrior’s team sheet.
The penalty points were denied by the posts and Worcester kept fighting in Hartpury’s danger zone. On the 66th minute after a long time defending, Gloucester’s unit cracked as Bricknell got the ball over the white wash for their second try.
After Nicholas’ conversion, tension built as the score equalised at 12-12. Hartpury’s Rachel Lund was cut short from the try line which soon led to Sing setting up the tee for a penalty.
With Sing’s shot on target, Hartpury happily cemented the night with a 15-12 lead for the final whistle.
Next, Gloucester-Hartpury hope for another home victory as they face Wasps Women in the Allianz Cup on April 2.