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Gloucester-Hartpury Suffer Tough Defeat At The Stoop

By Will Blowers

Gloucester-Hartpury were beaten 26-12 by defending Allianz Premier 15s Champions Harlequins in a physical game at the Twickenham Stoop.

What Happened?

Early attacking pressure from the home side greeted an in-form Gloucester-Hartpury team at the Twickenham Stoop. This pressure led to the first score of the game for Harlequins Women from Shaunagh Brown, following the successful conversion the score read 7-0 in Harlequins’ favour.

However, following the restart the Cherry and Whites began to find their rhythm in the opposition half, leading to a penalty outside the attacking 22. A kick to touch meant that Gloucester-Hartpury would have a lineout on the Harlequins’ 5 Metre line. The successful driving maul resulted in Hooker Connie Powell dotting down for her second try in as many games, converted by Emma Sing, levelling the scores after 10 minutes of play at the Stoop.

A tight first half continued with attacking play from both sides, but on multiple occasions both defences remained strong which kept the score at 7-7 for much of the first half. This continued until a penalty conceded at the scrum lead to a driving Harlequins’ maul crossing the line for an Amy Cokayne score, which was successfully converted again, 14-7 to Harlequins Women.

An inspired Gloucester-Hartpury attack began to make inroads into the Harlequins half, finding themselves deep into the 22 on multiple occasions, but each time momentum began to build for the Cherry and Whites, the Quins defence managed to hold on, keeping their one score lead. This was until the home side turned defence into attack with a break from Izzy Mayhew following a turnover, with Lagi Tuima scoring in the corner and converting, making the score 21-7. Harlequins would carry this 14 point lead into the half as Gloucester-Hartpury could not turn a line break into points as the clock turned red, following a fluent attack.

The second half began with early defensive intensity from Harlequins, this caused a loose ball in the Cherry and White 22 following a charge down, a superb defensive effort from Hannah Jones prevented what looked like a certain try for the home side.

After spending significant time in the Gloucester-Hartpury half, Harlequins Women won a penalty from the scrum, leading to a lineout and driving maul, resulting in a second score of the afternoon for Amy Cokayne, securing the bonus point for Harlequins Women. As a result of the score, Quins’ lead became 19 points with the score 26-7.

A determined Cherry and White team continued to fight to re-establish themselves in the contest, having a driving maul held up over the line. With the clock in the red, they did manage to turn a continued presence in the opposition 22 into points, with replacement scrum-half Bianca Blackburn crossing for the consolation score. The full-time score at the Stoop, 26-12 to Harlequins Women.

After the game Head Coach Sean Lynn spoke about his team’s performance, in particular, them not being able to convert territory into points throughout the game.

Key Moment – Connie Powell

A Connie Powell try early in the first half levelled the score, which established a platform for the Cherry and Whites to build on.

What’s Next?

Gloucester-Hartpury welcome Exeter Chiefs Women to Kingsholm on Saturday 5 February.

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