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Report: Bristol Bears Women 48-0 Firwood Waterloo Women

Phoebe Murray’s hat-trick helped Bristol Bears Women make an emphatic start to 2020 with an eight try victory over Firwood Waterloo at Shaftesbury Park this afternoon.

What happened?

The hosts got off to the perfect start and opened the scoring in under five minutes. After kicking to the corner the Bears patiently went through the phases with Bern eventually bulldozing her way over the line on her return to action.

Bristol didn’t have to wait long for their second as Pam caught a tight pass from Cunningham to hit a hole in the Waterloo defence and brush off three attempted tackles on her way to the try-line.

Halfway through the first period Murray scored the Bears third try of the game as she cut a sumptuous line off fly-half Skuse to scythe through the drifting defence and crash over the chalk.

Bristol Bears Women were unable to secure the try bonus point until after the break and it would be Murray to score the first try of the second period. A sweeping back’s move which saw the ball move the width of the pitch resulted in Attwood finding Murray on the inside to make it 28-0 to the hosts.

Simi Pam scored the Bears' second try of the afternoon (via JMPUK).

It would be another free-flowing backs move that would see the Bears get their fifth score of the afternoon as Reed looked set for the line, but the co-captain unselfishly passed the ball inside to Nielson to dive over the line.

With the wind well and truly in their sails the Bears began to shift through the gears as the hosts forced a turnover inside the Waterloo twenty-two and Skuse put boot to ball to find Murray with a grubber kick and the centre had the simplest of finishes for her hat-trick.

Nielson bagged her brace soon after as Attwood went quick from a penalty in Waterloo territory which resulted in the hooker burrowing her way over the line for her second.

Rownita Marston had an typically outstanding day at the office and made her presence known in both defence and attack. The brash number eight was not to be denied as she too saw the opportunity to take a quick penalty and despite the best efforts of three Waterloo defenders, Marston managed to get the ball down over the line


Teams:

Bristol Bears Women: 15. Lucy Attwood, 14. Lucy Burgess, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Amber Reed (CC), 11. Lilly Stoeger-G, 10. Lucie Skuse, 9. Rhi Parker; 1. Simi Pam, 2. Clara Nielson (CC), 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Hollie Cunningham, 5. Ebony Jefferies, 6. Dasige Mayes, 7. Poppy Leitch, 8. Row Marston

Impact Players: 16. Abbie Parsons, 17. Caryl Thomas, 18. Ellie Mulhearn, 19. Manon Johnes, 20. Becky Hughes, 21. Jo Smith, 22. Merryn Doidge

Firwood Waterloo: 15. Bethan Davis, 14. Carys Hall, 13. Alicia Calton, 12. Laura Perrin, 11. Elissa Jennings, 10. Elz Issac, 9. Jo Devine; 1. Rachael Thomas, 2. Scarlett Fielding, 3. Sophie Jones, 4. Beth Stafford, 5. Carrie Tooley, 6. Claire Hutchinson, 7. Vanessa Temple, 8. Daisie Hibbert-Jones

Replacements: 16. Keira McCosh, 17. Casey Naylor, 18. Jess Elbeck, 19. Katie McCullen, 20. Sarah Carnforth, 21. Emily Derby, 22. Hannah McGee.


Key Moment:

Bristol Bears Women desperately needed to start 202 with a five point victory and they did so in impressive fashion.

The hosts were made to wait until the start of the second period to secure the vital try bonus point where Murray finished off a fantastic move which saw the Bears shift the ball the width of the pitch and then back inside to the centre.

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Player of the Match: Phoebe Murray

A number of players within the Bears ranks would be in the discussion for the Player of the Match accolade with Nielson crossing twice, Marston and Pam both putting on barnstorming performances, whilst Reed marshalled the midfield superbly.

However, you can’t look too far past hat-trick hero Phoebe Murray. The outside centre put in an outstanding performance crossing on three occasions, but also her work in defence was tireless as she shutdown the thirteen channel, which is often so difficult to defender.

Superb.


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