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Gloucester-Hartpury open Allianz Cup campaign with West Country win

Report by Enya Lackie

Gloucester-Hartpury 31 - 12 Bristol Bears | Report by Enya Lackie

Gloucester-Hartpury tasted a sweet 31-12 victory against West Country rivals Bristol Bears at Alpas Arena on Saturday 30 October.

The Cherry and Whites' mixed start to the season didn’t stop them from prevailing against their rivals and league leaders on home soil.

11 minutes in and Gloucester-Hartpury’s centre-duo shattered the Bears’ defence to get Tandy over the white wash with the ball; which granted her the first try of the evening.

Not long after, Gloucester went for it again and Pinnock turned over the ball with a monstrous tackle. However Bears’ Stoeger soon recovered and shocked the Gloucester-Hartpury defence. But the rush soon died as her hands faltered inches before the try line.

This gave the Bears the ammunition for a try.

However the home side quickly bounced back as Underwood paced over the line. For the second time George was denied by the posts.

In the 36’ minute, Gloucester’s textbook maul snuck Caplice over the line. George’s conversion was granted.

As the half-time whistle crept closer, Bears’ winger fled though the home defence; but confused mumbles quickly disrupted the stands as the Bears were called back and awarded a penalty deep in Gloucester’s 22.

Soon, they were celebrating their first try of the evening at 17-5.

47 minutes in and Bears’ Lovibond waltzed through the defence and recycled to Burgess, who tricked the Cherries’ under the posts alongside Skuse’s conversion.

17-12 to Gloucester-Hartpury on the scoreboard.

Despite repetitive callbacks deep in Bears’ 22, Lund flooded through the Bears’ defences and claimed her first try alongside a granted conversion.

After kicks back-and-forth, Lund doubled up on her tries as she claimed the last try of the evening.

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