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Report: Bristol Bears Women 41-14 DMP Sharks

Bristol Bears Women make it back-to-back bonus point victories in the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s, scoring seven tries against DMP Sharks at Shaftesbury Park on Saturday. 

No less than three Bristol Bears Women players scored twice on Saturday afternoon; Phoebe Murray, Lilly Stoeger-Goddard and Clara Nielson all bagged a brace in round four, whilst Ellie Mulhearn also crossed the whitewash for the Bears. 

DMP Sharks managed to cross once in either half through Kate Hobson and Rachel Woosey, but a clinical first half display from the Bears proved the difference between the two sides. 

What happened?

Bristol Bears Women got off to a lightning start at Shaftesbury Park, scoring in under two minutes through Ellie Mulhearn who received an intelligent offload from Poppy Leitch and the prop bulldozed her way over the line. 

The Bears were quick to add a further two scores in the opening fifteen minutes with Phoebe Murray and Clara Nelson both crossing the whitewash from short range. 

Murray secured her first half brace after Lucy Attwood put boot to ball and placed a grubber kick in behind the DMP defence and the ball sat up perfectly for the centre to dot down. 

DMP hit back with a great score of their own, Rosie Blount started the move as she broke from her own five metre line and later Kate Hobson picked off a hole in the Bears defence to race through and score.

Phoebe Murray crossed twice in the first half at Shaftesbury Park (via JMPUK).

The Bears wasted no time in making amends for conceding, Ellie Mulhearn’s sumptuous handling put Clara Nelson away down the right hand wing and the hooker stepped her way past the final defender to take her tally to two for the afternoon. 

Lilly Stoeger-Goddard wrapped up the first half scoring for the hosts as the Bears kept the ball alive on the right wing and a gap only a metre wide opened up, but that was all the winger needed to show her opposing number a clean set heels and score in the corner. 

Stoeger-Goddard was the next player to secure her brace on Saturday afternoon and she did so in some style. 

The Bears speedster collected the ball inside her own half and opened up on the right wing, initially the DMP defence did well to get back but Stoeger-Goddard applied some footwork to devastating affect, beating the final two defenders to cross the try line. 

As the second half wore on, DMP began to get more of foothold in the game and they found their rhythm with the ball in hand, however, they had to wait until the final play of the game to get their second try as Rachel Woosey finished well in the corner under pressure. 

Key moment: 

On a dry and bright afternoon at Shaftesbury Park, Lilly Stoeger-Goddard's score just before the end of the first half quashed any faint DMP comeback hopes and all but wrapped up the victory for Kim Oliver's side. 

The Bears played the ball through the hands on the right wing and the winger saw her opportunity and took it with both hands, bursting through a tight gap in the DMP defence to race away and finish in the corner

Player of the match: 

Ellie Mulhearn had a fantastic performance on Saturday afternoon. The tight-head scrummaged well and gave her side front-foot ball, whilst also wreaking havoc in the loose. 

The England under-20 international continuously worked her way over the gain line with the ball in hand as well as providing multiple bone-crunching tackles in defence. 


Bristol Bears Women team in full:

15. Cat McNaney, 14. Lilly Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Lucy Attwood, 11. Merryn Doidge, 10. Lucie Skuse, 9. City Mattinson; 1. Michaella Roberts, 2. Clara Nielson (C), 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Ebony Jefferies, 7. Poppy Leitch, 8. Kate Newton. 

Impact Players: 16. Jess Thomas, 17. Simi Pam, 18. Esme Bird, 19. Rownita Marston, 20. Lucy Burgess, 21. Kyara Martin, 22. Alice Middleton

Photo of the match:

Stoeger-Goddard slides over to finish her sublime solo effort (via JMPUK).