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Report: Bristol Ladies 89-0 Worcester Valkyries

Kim Oliver’s side made it three consecutive wins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s after an emphatic 89-0 victory over the Worcester Valkyries on Saturday.

In a one sided affair at Cleve RFC, Lillian Stoeger-Goddard crossed twice early on. The first, after good hands put her away, and the second as they attacked the blind-side from the base of a scrum and a miss-pass found her in acres of space with the try-line beckoning. 

Clara Nielson also got on the board, as well as Phoebe Murray who carved her way through the defence following a skewered clearance kick from Worcester’s Rebecca Scholes. 

Sydney Gregson bagged a brace in the first half, her first came after great hands from Bristol unlocked the Valkyries defence, but her second was one to remember as she set off from 40 metres out and stepped her way past three defenders to score. 

Bristol went into the break 36-0 up after scoring six tries in the first half. 

Two quick tries from Bristol to start the second half, the first coming from Nielson who scored off the back of a strong driving maul, and the second saw Stoeger-Goddard secure her hat-trick after rising to collect a cross-field kick from Snowsil. 

Gregson also recorded her hat-trick not long after as she collected an offload from Murray on the left wing to get over, that was before Stoeger-Goddard made it four for the evening as she finished under pressure in the corner. 

Hollie Cunningham got on the board in the second half after Rhi Parker was stopped just short of the line and the flanker picked powerfully from the base to score.

Amber Reed then raced away, showing the Worcester defence a clean set of heels to score the twelfth of the game after a superb break from fly-half Snowsil. 

Phoebe Murray in action on Saturday evening (JMP UK).

Bristol showed great tenacity as they continued to push Worcester despite the score-line, replacement Carys Phillips came on to score her first thanks to yet another powerful drive. 

Kim Oliver’s side continued to play expansive rugby, continually pushing not only the defence, but themselves in the final stages. Snowsill brilliantly spotted space in behind the defence and a deft chip allowed Cat McNaney to race through, collect and score. 

The final try of the evening came courtesy of Carys Phillips, who finished off a slick team try whereby Bristol’s confidence was soaring as they kept the ball alive in narrow channel on the left and Phillips finished the move.

Bristol finished the game having scored fifteen tries in their last fixture before the New Year, securing a 89-0 victory which will send a statement of intent to the rest of the league. After Gloucester-Hartpury failed to beat Wasps, the victory consolidates Bristol in the top four going into Christmas.

Bristol Ladies:

15. Sydney Gregson, 14. Lillian Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Amber Reed, 12. Lucy Attwood, 11. Phoebe Murray, 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. Caity Mattinson, 1. Abbie Parsons, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry, 5. Kate Newton, 6. Hollie Cunningham, 7. Claire Molloy, 8. Izzy Noel-Smith.

Replacements: 16. Carys Phillips, 17. Jess Thomas, 19. Daisie Mayes, 20. Rhi Parker, 21. Lagi Tuima, 22. Cat McNaney.

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