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Lindsay rues inaccuracies as Bears fall to final day defeat

Bristol Bears Women slipped to a heavy defeat on the last day of the season against a strong Wasps Ladies outfit and Tom Lindsay believes the host’s cohesion and experience proved the difference.

Rownita Marston crossed in the first half and Chelsea Jones bagged her maiden score in the second as Wasps ran out 62-12 victors at Twyford Avenue.

“Playing Wasps, a top four team with their internationals back and how connected they are as a backline and a forward pack was always going to be a big task, but I feel as though Wasps didn’t have to work to get those tries,” said Lindsay.

“We got into some good positions as a team but a couple of errors or inaccuracies, carrying on our own allowed Wasps to turn the ball over and they’re so dangerous on the transition – it’s always going to be a tough.

“In comparison to the Wasps team and the strength they had in their starting line-up, we had Ella Lovibond at fifteen, Georgia Newman on the wing and Jenny Hesketh on the bench – they’re all at the start of their careers and on the path with the England U20s.

“In three- or four-year’s time we’re going to see the other side of these players and the young core of the Bristol Bears team being where we want it to be and putting a performance in against this Wasps team.

“We’re still going to make sure that we stick to our processes. Work through the game and look at the areas we need to improve as well as what we did well.”

It has been a turbulent year for Bristol Bears Women which has seen performance levels on the pitch tail off, however Lindsay can’t fault the players and staff for not shying away from the challenge and sticking together through tough times.

“We’re at the end of the season now which is a relief for everyone, but we have still got to acknowledge this year and what has gone on, also how we get better as players and staff.

“One thing that I can’t fault the girls and staff for is that we didn’t roll over. No one said ‘I can’t do this’ and walked away, everyone stayed tight, and we worked together.

“Even in our darkest times people stood strong and that does say something for the badge.”


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