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Report: Bristol Ladies 13-12 Harlequins Ladies

Bristol Ladies held out to survive a late Harlequins resurgence and secure their eighth win of the season in Tyrrells Premier 15s.

Tries from Daisie Mayes, Clara Nielson and a Lucy Attwood penalty saw Kim Oliver’s side overcome the visitors, who currently sit second in the Tyrell’s Premier 15’s.

It was a wet and windy day up at Cleve RFC, where the skills of both sides were put under enormous stress, but it was the hosts’ defensive effort which proved the difference between the two sides.

What happened?

Bristol were the side to break the deadlock inside the opening ten minutes, a perfectly executed driving line-out five metres from the line allowed Daisie Mayes get over the whitewash. 

Quins applied some pressure of their own as the first half wore on, but the wet conditions proved difficult for handling the ball and as they looked to attack the space in the wide channels.

Bristol were next to get points on the board, this time via the boot of fly-half Lucy Attwood, great speed at the breakdown saw Quins penalised for holding on directly in front of the posts and Attwood added the three points.

Clara Nielson dives over to score Bristol Ladies second try at Cleve RFC (JMP UK).

The hosts took an eight-point lead into the half and when the game re-started they showed great tenacity in defence after Harlequins applied a heap load of pressure.

Clara Nielson found herself getting over the line for the second time in as many games, a swift counter-attacking move saw centre, Phoebe Murray break through the middle to find Nielson unmarked on the left wing to dot down.

Quins responded with a try of their own through Wooden and forced a nervy last few minutes thanks to a penalty try, but the Bristol defensive line stood firm in the dying minutes to secure a valuable win.

Player of the match: Sophie Peters

Sophie Peters made her debut appearance in the Tyrell’s Premier 15’s against Harlequins and the seventeen-year-old winger was excellent in her first outing.

She played with a great maturity for a player of her age, on her league debut, and her defensive work rate in the wide channels shut out any threat posed by Harlequins.

Plenty more to come from Peters, who looks to have a bright future.

Photo of the match:

Bristol Ladies celebrate their victory at the final whistle (JMP UK).

The teams:

Bristol Ladies: Becky Hughes, 14.Merryn Doidge, 13. Sydney Gregson, 12. Phoebe Murray 11. Sophie Peters, 10. Lucy Attwood, 9. Cat McNaney; 1. Abbie Parsons, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry (c), 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Ebony Jefferies, 7. Daisie Mayes, 8. Poppy Leitch.
Replacements: 16. Jess Thomas, 17. Michaella Roberts, 18. Clea Fawcett, 19. Row Marston, 20. Serena Settembri.

Harlequins Ladies: Jessica Wooden, 14. Holly Myers, 13. Georgia Gray, 12. Izzy Mayhew, 11. Natasha Bradshaw, 10. Bree Hill, 9. Beverley Gilbert; 1. Chloe Edwards, 2. Jenny Vik, 3. Aldora Itunu, 4. Zoe Saynor, 5.Amy Garrett, 6. Shaunagh Brown, 7. Fiona Fletcher, 8. Sammy Voyle.
Replacements: 16. Davina Catlin, 17. Tove Viksten, 18. Ashleigh Greenslade, 19. Samantha McCarthy, 20. Stacey White, 21. Ellie Miles, 22. Kinesha Vincent.