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Gloucester-Hartpury run rampant in West-Country Derby

Gloucester-Hartpury Women 36 - 0 Bristol Bears Women | Report by Sophie Tandy

Gloucester-Hartpury Women 36 - 0 Bristol Bears Women | Report by Sophie Tandy

The sun was shining on what turned out to be an outstanding performance from Gloucester-Hartpury. From the moment the whistle was blown, Gloucester showed their true potential. Emma Sing found herself on the ball and sliced through the defence. Minutes later Natasha Hunt put the first points on the scoreboard, space opened up around the ruck and Hunt took her chances, diving over the try line. Fahey added the extras.

Cerys Hale causes disruption around the breakdown getting Gloucester-Hartpury a penalty. Natasha Hunt took it quickly and we found ourselves in Bristol’s 22 once more. A clean ball from the line-out gave the backs free range, Hannah Jones was given the ball early and she cut through the defence, an inside ball dummy and Jones ran over the whitewash. Fahey got the conversion. Bristol finally got ball in hands and we saw a glimpse of how dangerous they could be, with Murray making a charge through the defence.

Not only was Gloucester showing an attacking master-class, their defence was outstanding. With huge hits coming in from Tabitha Copson and Georgia Brock. It wasn’t long again until Gloucester got the ball back in their hands and were edging towards Bristol’s try line. A deliberate knock on from Bristol’s 11, saw them reduced to 14 players. Moments later Gloucester were also shown a yellow card to Georgia Brock for taking a player over the horizontal line in a tackle.

The second half saw the return of England Red Roses, Zoe Aldcoft and Ellena Perry after lengthy injuries. Their skills were then put to the test straight away with the first scrum of the day. Good set piece gave the backs room to play, Rachel Lund finding space through the middle of the pitch and quick ball puts Robyn Lock over the gain line. Kelly Smith is given the ball who uses her feet to score her 50th try in the Allianz Premiership. Fahey missed the conversion.

A free kick was given to Gloucester-Hartpury and the ball is shipped out to Gwen Crabb, she lined up the defence and offered a pass into space to Zoe Aldcroft who drove her way through defenders. Pure skill from the second row, saw her offload the ball to Natasha Hunt who scored her second try of the day. Conversion missed by Fahey.

A mistake from Gloucester’s kick put Bristol on the front foot. A powerful run from their loose head was stopped by a gutsy tackle by Bianca Blackburn. Bristol had quick ball which allowed their 11 to use her pace down the touchline. But the ball was knocked forward which cut their attack short.  Fahey used her boot to kick long for touch which put us back in Bristol’s half. Ellena Perry had a strong carry and put hard runners into space. Gloucester-Hartpury got the break they needed, Ellie Underwood was released with ball in hand down the wing, she showed pure strength by driving over the line whilst carrying Bristol defenders. Straight off the bench and on to the score sheet for Underwood. Conversion missed, Fahey. It wasn’t long before Underwood got her hands back on the ball and she beat one defender to score a 40m try. A fantastic finish under the sticks and a phenomenal couple of minutes for the super-sub. Conversion was good by Fahey.

We look forward to welcoming DMP Sharks to the Alpas Arena next week.