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Report: Bristol Ladies 36–19 DMP Sharks

Bristol Ladies secured their fourth straight home win with bonus-point victory over DMP Sharks at Cleve RFC on Saturday evening.

Two first half scores from Phoebe Murray and a try courtesy of Claire Molloy gave the hosts a 19-7 lead at the half, after Georgina Robertson scored for the visitors.

Two late tries from Katy McLean and Kenny Thomas were not enough to bring DMP back into the game as scores from Izzy Noel-Smith, Lillian Stoeger-Goddard and Sydney Gregson wrapped up the points for the hosts.


What happened?

Bristol put immense pressure on the DMP Sharks try line in the opening stages of the game and Murray bagged her first of two in as many minutes. Her first came after she cut a superb line off the pass of Amber Reed to crash over.

Murray was the beneficiary of a loose pass from DMP as they tried to stretch the Bristol defence, the winger intercepted the pass and turned on the after-burners to run in from sixty metres out.

The Sharks responded soon after as Georgina Roberts scored from short range to bring the visitors within one score.

But, just before the half was up energetic open-side, Claire Molloy stretched the host’s lead out to twelve points [19-7] when she powered through two attempted tackles on her way to the line.

The Bristol scrum was dominant all evening and none more so than in the first few minutes of the second-half, a central scrum five metres out gave Izzy Noel-Smith the perfect platform to pick from the base and score directly under the posts.

Slick handling from the hosts then gave Lillian Stoeger-Goddard the space to score in the corner and take the game well out of reach from DMP.

England and DMP fly-half, Katy McLean performed superbly for the visitors all evening causing the Bristol defence plenty of problems, she got her just-reward scoring on the sixty-five-minute mark.

The visitors got over again in the final ten minutes through winger Kenny Thomas, but that score was in vain as Bristol went through the phases in the final minutes before shipping the ball out wide for Sydney Gregson to cross and cap an impressive victory.

Bristol Ladies team:

15. Lagi Tuima, 14. Lilly Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Sydney Gregson, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Phoebe Murray, 10. Lucy Attwood, 9. Caity Mattinson; 1. Abbie Parsons, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Michaella Roberts, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Poppy Leitch, 7. Claire Molloy, 8. Izzy Noel-Smith

Impact Players: 16. Jeanine Stephenson, 17. Esme Bird, 18. Charlie Budge, 19. Kate Newton, 20. Daisie Mayes, 21. Brooke Bradley, 22. Cat McNaney