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REPORT: Bristol Ladies 19–15 Lichfield Ladies

A tough, physical and highly competitive game at Cleve RFC, and Bristol took their unbeaten run to five out of five.

Lichfield Ladies came into the fixture on equal league points, but with Bristol ahead by over 100 on points difference – it was set up to be a brilliant afternoon.

Lichfield started well, and their scrum was impressive throughout the 80 minutes. Around 20 minutes into the game their pressure paid off as they were awarded a penalty try after Bristol failed to keep them at bay, with Natasha Hunt converting.

Bristol came back fighting, and possession swung from one side to another for a period time until the home side capitalised on a quick penalty, spreading the ball wide to Chantelle Miell who got the ball down in the corner. Amber Reed (sponsored by Colston’s School) converted taking the score to 7–7, as it remained at half-time.

Just before half-time Reed was helped off the pitch after going down with an injury, with Jasmine Joyce replacing her.

The second half started well with Claire Molloy flying over the line adding five to the Bristol total. The remainder of the half was seemingly chaotic, with both sides making promising attacks only to be thwarted by unforced errors. Lichfield were awarded a penalty, which Hunt slotted between the posts on 50 minutes, taking the score to 12 – 10.

The last 15 minutes saw a spate of yellow cards, with Millar Mills for Lichfield, and Acheson and Bern being carded all within 7 minutes of each other, leading to a fairly unbalanced period of play with both teams trying to close out the game.

Both teams did cross the line once more – Izzy Noel Smith crossed, making use of the space in the Lichfield defence, and Lichfield powered over from a scrum where Bristol failed to control the play.

Bristol held out for the final two minutes to take the hard fought victory in what wasn’t the prettiest game of rugby, but got the job done.