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Report: Bristol Bears Women 24-53 Gloucester-Hartpury

Gloucester-Hartpury come out on top in the West Country derby as Bears Women are defeated in their final home game of 2019.

What happened?

Gloucester-Hartpury opened the scoring inside the opening ten minutes as Tauasosi picked up from the base of a ruck to rumble over the line after the initial break from Hunt.

It didn’t take long for the Bears to respond as Marston went on a barn-storming run in the Cherry and White’s twenty-two, fending off three defenders before offloading to Nielson to dot down and draw the sides level.

The visitors hit back with a swift score through Dougan, before Underwood scored a fine solo effort to stretch their lead out to 7-19 after twenty-six minutes.

Snowsill reduced the deficit to nine after converting a penalty goal, but Gloucester-Hartpury immediately stepped on the accelerator as Smith and Large both crossed before half-time to make it 10-31 to the visitors.

Both sides battled to get on the front-foot at the start of the second period and it was Gloucester-Hartpury who landed to first blow as Febrey burrowed her way over the line after a period of sustained pressure on the Bears line.

Clara Nielson the opener for the Bears (via JMPUK).

Murphy’s score no little than five minutes later saw Gloucester-Hartpury extend their lead to 10-43, before the Bears responded through Pam.

Snowsill put the ball into the corner from a penalty and the Bears managed to get their driving maul rolling with Pam being the beneficiary at the base to score a try on her first Tyrrell’s Premier 15s start.

Aldcroft crossed five minutes from time for the visitors, but the Bears got a consolation score of their own and it was some effort from Keira Bevan.

The scrum-half squeezed through the tightest of gaps on the edge of the twenty-two before dancing past two defenders on her way to the try line.

However, the last say would go to Gloucester-Hartpury as Natasha Hunt picked from the base of a ruck inside the Bears’ five metre line and the scrum-half found a gap to dart over the chalk.


Teams:

Bristol Bears Women

15. Lucy Attwood, 14. Lilly Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Lucie Skuse, 11. Lucy Burgess, 10. Elinor Snowsill (CC), 9. Keira Bevan; 1. Simi Pam, 2. Clara Nielson (CC), 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Hollie Cunningham, 5. Poppy Leitch, 6. Ebony Jefferies, 7. Daisie Mayes, 8. Rownita Marston

Impact Players: 16. Abbie Parsons, 17. Caryl Thomas, 18. Florence Long, 19. Marlo Boyd, 20. Rhi Parker, 21. Becky Hughes, 22. Lauren Smyth

Gloucester-Hartpury

15. Mia Venner; 14. Ellie Underwood, 13. Rachel Lund, 12. Lleucu George, 11. Kelly Smith; 10. Ceri Large, 9. Mo Hunt (C); 1. El Perry, 2. Connie Powell, 3. Katie Dougan; 4. Erica Mills, 5. Zoe Aldcroft; 6. Charlotte Faux, 7. Bethan Lewis, 8. Ti Tauasosi

Replacements: 16. Cerys Hale, 17. Ranni Samuda, 18. Elle Febrey, 19. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, 20. Shona Powell-Hughes, 21. Ellen Murphy, 22. Millie Wood


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