Gloucester-Hartpury suffered another close defeat, losing 32-36 to an in-form Exeter Chiefs Women side at Kingsholm.
The first half of this afternoon’s double header kicked off with a game between Gloucester-Hartpury and Exeter Chiefs Women. An exciting first half got going with Exeter on the front foot with Kobayashi crossing in the corner for the visitors, a try which was converted making the score 7-0 to the Chiefs Women with 5 minutes on the clock.
After the first score of the game the Cherry and Whites began to hit their stride with constant pressure in the opponent 22, leading to Exeter conceding a penalty under their own posts. Emma Sing slotted the penalty giving Gloucester-Hartpury their first points of the contest, the score 3-7.
Following the penalty, possession for both teams stayed in the middle of the pitch until a Zackary line break for Exeter, leading her to run the ball in from halfway for the try, 14-3 to Exeter after the conversion.
A Gwen Crabb try soon after narrowed Exeter’s lead, following multiple Gloucester-Hartpury phases in the 22. A second successful kick of the afternoon for Emma Sing made the score 10-14 after half an hour of play.
The remainder of the first 40 was a back-and-forth affair with both teams very even in terms of possession. Cherry and White possession in Exeter’s 22 just before the half lead to a Gloucester penalty under the posts. Opting to kick, Emma Sing further narrowed the lead to one point as they reached the half, the score 13-14.
The second half began much like the first with Exeter Chiefs Women on the front foot, with Rachel Johnson scoring a minute into the second half, an unconverted try making the score 13-19.
The Cherry and Whites then began to make their mark on the second half, following a line out, ball through the hand lead to Hannah Jones scoring in the corner, with the Emma Sing conversion giving Gloucester-Hartpury their first lead of the game, the score 20-19.
Two successive unconverted tries followed for the Chiefs, from Zackary and Doidge, Exeter stretching out to a 29-20 lead after 60 minutes.
Gloucester-Hartpury continued to test the Exeter defence, resulting in a Connie Powell as a result of their attacking pressure, coming from a driving maul. The score now 25-29 following a missed conversion, setting up a tight final 10 minutes.
Unfortunately for the Cherry and Whites, Exeter kept possession for most of the final 10 minutes. Zachary went over under the posts for another Chiefs try, the conversion followed, the score 25-36 with 5 minutes remaining.
With the clock in the red, Sisilia Tuipolotu scored from a driving maul, Emma Sing converted securing a losing bonus point for Gloucester-Hartpury, the final score 32-36.
Speaking after the game Head Coach Sean Lynn had a positive outlook on taking 2 points from the game, happy with his team’s attack, ‘scoring 4 tries against a side like Exeter’, a team who are known for their defensive record.
Key Moment – Sisilia Tuipolotu
A late try for the Gloucester-Hartpury second row secured both a 4 try and losing bonus point, ensuring her side took 2 points from a close game.
The Cherry and Whites travel to face Saracens on Saturday 19 February.