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Report: Bristol Bears Women 75-13 Firwood Waterloo Women

An exhilarating performance saw Bristol Bears Women run in thirteen tries to complete a 75-13 victory over Firwood Waterloo Women at Shaftesbury Park. 

Kim Oliver’s side scored eight times in a breathless second half, as they bounced back from last week’s defeat to Loughborough Lightning with a bonus-point victory over their northern counterparts in round six of the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s. 

There were a total of eight different scorers in the eighty minutes with Elinor Snowsill, Lucy Attwood and debutant Brooke Clarke all bagging a brace on Saturday afternoon. 


What happened? 

The Bears bagged the first score of the afternoon when Lucy Attwood cut a fine line through the Waterloo defence deep in their twenty-two, the young centre then lifted the ball from the floor to find Murray who crossed in the corner.

Firwood responded almost immediately as the turned the ball over in Bears territory and they made the most of their opportunity as Alicia Calton burrowed her way over the line, Beth Stott converted the score and the visitors took an early lead. 

The hosts looked to get a foot-hold in what was a disjointed first period and Lilly Stoeger-Goddard gave her side the lead when she was found by a pin-point Caity Mattinson pass and the winger finished in the corner. 

Firwood Waterloo then drew level, thanks to the boot of Beth Stott - who converted a penalty after the Bears were penalised for offside. However, they were not level for long as Ellie Mulhearn punched through the Waterloo defence from short range to put the Bears back in front. 

Jess Thomas crossed for the Bears on the stroke of half-time (via JMPUK).

Mulhearn’s score was a turning point for the Bears and they never looked back, Snowsill then showed great awareness and footwork to juke her way past the Waterloo defence and cross for her first, before Jess Thomas powered her way over from a metre out to give the Bears a 29-10 lead at the half. 

Stott opened the second half scoring for Firwood Waterloo as she converted a penalty after a Bristol Bears Women misdemeanour at the breakdown.

The Bears then sparked in to life as Snowsill bagged her second of the game, ghosting through the Waterloo defence on her way to the line. 

Debutant, Brooke Clarke had a first forty minutes in a Bears shirt to remember as the speedster crossed for a quick-fire double - twice finishing in the corner under pressure after the Bears had manufactured an overlap on the left wing. 

Mackenzie Carson crosses at Shaftesbury Park (via JMPUK).

Mackenzie Carson scored in some style, deft handling in the midfield saw the Canadian under-20 international burst through a gap in the Waterloo defence on half way and she pinned her ears back to finish from fifty metres out. 

As the second-half progressed the Bears began to turn the screw as Lucy Attwood - who was earlier this week called up to the England senior squad for the upcoming Quilter Internationals - scored back-to-back tries in the under five minutes.

Entering into the final five minutes the Bears were relentless in their pursuit of the try-line, piling the pressure on Waterloo with wave after wave of attack.

They completed their scoring for the afternoon when Esme Bird crossed on the seventy-five minute mark and then Amelia Buckland-Hurry powered over the line with the clock in the red to cap an impressive display. 


Teams:

Bristol Bears Women: 

15. Cat McNaney, 14. Lilly Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Lucy Attwood, 12. Phoebe Murray, 11. Alice Middleton, 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. City Mattinson; 1. Jess Thomas, 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. Michaella Roberts, 17. Mackenzie Carson, 18. Esme Bird, 19. Rownita Marston, 20. Rhi Parker, 21. Becky Hughes, 22. Brooke Clarke.

Firwood Waterloo Women: 

15. Laura Riches, 14. Jo Devine, 13. Alicia Calton, 12. Elz Isaac, 11. Carys Hall, 10. Beth Stott, 9. Rachael Porter; 1. Tysh Harper, 2. Rachael Thomas, 3. Rebecca Owen, 4. Keira McCosh, 5. Beth Stafford, 6. Emma Hutchison, 7. Emily Stirzaker, 8. Claire Hutchinson. 

Replacements:  16. Hannah Burt, 17. Leigh Harrison, 18. Chloe Garner, 19. Serena Brymer, 20. Natasha Rouffignac, 21. Paige Travis, 22. Rosanna Fane


Key Moment: 

Elinor Snowsill was on fine form for the Bears and her score on the thirty minute seemingly sparked the home side into life and gave them the injection of energy they needed to kick on and complete their emphatic victory. 

She received the ball in the number ten slot and threw an audacious dummy pass before stepping her way past two attempted tackles to dot down for the Bears' fourth score. 


Photo of the match:

Brooke Clarke scored a brace on her Tyrrell's Premier 15s debut for the Bears (via JMPUK).