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Gloucester-Hartpury kick off season with bonus-point win over Chiefs

Match Report | Gloucester-Hartpury v Exeter Chiefs
(c) Lauren Couchman

Gloucester-Hartpury 34 - 14 Exeter Chiefs | Report by Laura Shana 

Winger, Kelly Smith started off the game with a blinding score down the side-line for Gloucester-Hartpury’s first score. The home side then kept up their momentum looking fierce in attack. The second score came from the back of a driving maul, Hooker, Connie Powell powered over the try line extending the Cherry & White’s lead. Exeter Chiefs answered back with their captain, Linde Van der Velden scoring the visitor’s first try with Taylor Black adding the extras.

In the second half, Gloucester-Hartpury showed their dominance. An early second-half score came from Zoe Aldcroft flying over the whitewash with Ellie Underwood slotting the extras. Hannah Jones then showed her presence on the pitch scoring a powerful try from short range and securing the bonus point. Exeter found the try line once again through Kate Zackary and Taylor Black kicking the conversion. But Gloucester-Hartpury answered almost instantly with Daisy Fahey dotting down followed by Aldcroft’s second try of the game. Daisy Fahey added the extras and secured the win for the Cherry & Whites.

Gloucester-Hartpury:

15 Hannah Jones; 14. Ellie Underwood, 13. Rachel Lund, 12. Tatyana Heard, 11. Kelly Smith; 10. Ceri Large, 9. Mo Hunt (capt); 1. Ellena Perry, 2. Connie Powell, 3. Cerys Hale; 4. Sarah Bonar, 5. Zoe Aldcroft; 6. Sian Williams, 7. Gwen Crabb, 8. Shona Powell-Hughes

Robyn Lock, 17. Ellie Gilbert, 18. Kathryn Buggy, 19. Shya Pinnock, 20. Bryonie King, 21. Bianca Blackburn, 22. Millie Wood, 23. Daisy Fahey

  • Scorers: Smith, Powell, Aldcroft (2), Jones, Fahey
  • Conversions: Underwood, Fahey

Exeter Chiefs:

15 Merryn Doidge; 14. Jennine Duncan, 13. Lottie Holland, 12. Lauren Cattell, 11. Garnet Mackinder; 10. Taylor Black, 9. Ffion Lewis; 1. Michaella Roberts, 2. Emily Tuttosi, 3.Sachiko Katoh; 4. Abbie Fleming, 5. Mckinley Hunt; 6. Ebony Jeffries, 7. Kate Zackery, 8. Linde Van Der Velden

Lauren Leatherland, 17. Jess Thomas, 18. Charlie Budge, 19. Rosanna Moynihan, 20. Daisy French, 21. Flo Robinson, 22. Gabby Cantorna, 23. Louise Burgess

  • Scorers: Van Der Velden, Zackery
  • Conversions: Black (2)
Kelly Smith (c) Lauren Couchman
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