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Report: Sale Sharks Women 5-36 Bristol Bears Women

Bristol Bears Women clinched a bonus point victory over Sale Sharks Women on Sunday afternoon with five tries securing second place in the Allianz Premier 15s table.

Hannah West's first-half score saw the sides level at 5-5 at half time, before Dave Ward's side stormed into life with 31 unanswered points after the break, with a Jasmine Joyce double and further scores from Abbie Ward, Jenny Hesketh and Sarah Bern sealing an emphatic win on the road.


What happened?

An arm wrestle in the opening half hour saw both sides struggle to gain the upper hand and convert possession into points. Sale Sharks showed glimmers of getting over the gain line but a strong Bears defence kept them at bay.

The first scores on the doors came in the 31st minute. A good take in the lineout set up the driving maul and made room for Hannah West to dot over the line for the try to put her as this season’s top try-scorer for the Bears.

The hosts looked to answer back almost immediately but the Bears defence held strong once again. A big tackle from Pick of the Match Rownita Marston forcing Sale’s Vicky Irwin to knock the ball on over the line to deny the hosts the try. 

Just before the half time whistle, the Sharks were awarded for their efforts. Lauren Delany and Lisa Neumann crafting a try to send Neumann over to level the scores at the break 5-5.

Coming out for the second half, the Bears looked to make their from the off. Setting up another maul, a powerful drive sent Abbie Ward over for try number two. Amber Reed with the conversion to extend the Bears lead.

Moments later, Phoebe Murray spied a beautiful break in mid-field followed by a slick passage of play out wide to put Jasmine Joyce over for the try. 

Her second of the afternoon coming shortly later. Ella Lovibond with a scything break found Courtney Keight who managed the inside pass to Joyce to run clear over the line for the bonus point try. Snowsill with the conversion.

Firmly with momentum in hand, the Bears kept their foot on the gas none more so than Sarah Bern’s who picked up nicely off the back of the lineout to power clear over the whitewash for try number five. Snowsill having no troubles with the extras to take the Bears score to 31 entering the final 10 minutes.

With less than five minutes left on the clock, Sale Sharks looked to finish the game on a high but the Bears had the final say of the game. A quick take from Courtney Keight out wide in her own 22 saw her chip over the top and gather to run the length of the field and almost make the line herself but a good offload to Jenny Hesketh sent her over for the try for the final whistle.

Sale Sharks: 15. Lauren Delany, 14. Lisa Neumann, 13. Laura Perrin, 12. Katana Howard, 11. Evie Tonkin, 10. Lizzie Duffy, 9. Mhairi Grieve (VC), 1. Catie Benson, 2. Leah Lyons, 3. Nick James, 4. Beth Stafford, 5. Molly Morrisey, 6. Daisy Hibbert-Jones, 7. Georgie Perris – Redding, 8. Vicky E Irwin

Replacements: 16. Molly Kelly, 17. Katie Houghton, 18. Gwenllian Pyrs, 19. Nicola Howat, 20. Lucy Winter, 21. Jess Roberts, 22. Hollie Bawden, 23. Rachel Woosey.

Bristol Bears Women: 15. Kayleigh Powell; 14. Jasmine Joyce, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Amber Reed (co-capt), 11. Courtney Keight; 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. Keira Bevan; 1. China Kill, 2. Hannah West, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Delaney Burns, 5. Abbie Ward (co-capt), 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Manon Johnes, 8. Rownita Marston

System players: 16. Alice Lockwood, 17. Holly Phillips, 18. Ellie Mulhearn, 19. Talia John, 20. Daisie Mayes, 21. Leanne Infante, 22. Jenny Hesketh, 23. Ella Lovibond.

Sale Sharks Women: Lisa Neumann

Bristol Bears Women: Tries: Hannah West, Abbie Ward, Jasmine Joyce (2) Sarah Bern, Jenny Hesketh. Conversions: Amber Reed (1) , Elinor Snowsill (2) 


Pick of the match: Rownita Marston


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