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Report: Wasps Ladies 25-17 Bristol Bears Women

Bristol Bears Women come up short in their final Tyrrell's Premier 15s outing as Wasps Ladies prevail 25-17 winners at Twyford Avenue.

What happened? 

Wasps opened the scoring with a penalty in the first five minutes before dotting down twice in the first half through MacDonald and Dow, who both finished well from distance.

Kim Oliver’s Bears carried well with ball in hand and gained lots of ground through breaks from Lucy Attwood and Amber Reed, however, it was the forwards who got the visitors on the scoreboard when Clara Neilson touched down for Bristol’s first points just before half-time.

Despite an early penalty goal for Wasps the Bears had a cracking start to the second half with Murray and Mayes gaining serious ground, before a break from resident powerhouse Sarah Bern gave the Bears their second try of the match and bring them within six points.

Amelia Buckland-Hurry fends off Abby Dow (via Neil Kennedy).

Full-back Merryn Doidge was sublime in defence and her try saving tackle on MacDonald had the Bristol bench roaring in appreciation. The Bears continued to apply pressure before eventually turning the ball over and pinning Wasps in their twenty-two.

Bristol Bears Women went through an epic run of phases to keep the ball alive, but a forward pass enabled the home side to counter and extend their lead with Abby Dow securing her brace.

The Bears had the last say as they finished with a flourish and replacement forward Florence Long powered her way over the line on the stroke of full-time.

An unlucky end to the season for a resilient Bears side who showed a real sense of character and excitement from the get go and arguably deserved more from the game. 


Bristol Bears Women: 15. Doidge, 14. Murray, 13. Attwood, 12. Reed, 11. Stoeger-Goddard, 10. Snowsill, 9. Mattinson; 1. Parsons, 2. Nielson (C), 3. Bern, 4. Buckland-Hurry, 5. Cunningham, 6. Jefferies, 7. Mayes, 8. Leitch

Replacements: 16. Long, 17. Thomas, 18. Settembri, 19. Parker, 20. Hughes, 21. Skuse, 22. Burgess

Wasps Ladies: 15. Waterman, 14. Dow, 13. Templemn, 12. alder, 11. Derk, 10. Goulden, 9. Macdonald; 1. Merchant-Clark, 2. Cokayne, 3. West, 4. Sheffield, 5. Baltruweit, 6. Mitchelson, 7. Molloy, 8. Crake

Replacements: 16. Purdy, 17. Stock, 18. Moloney, 19. Maisey, 20. Roberts, 21. Dodd, 22. MacKinder

Key Moment:

Merryn Doidge performed brilliantly in the Bears last outing of the 2018/19 season. All season long she has demonstrated phenomenal defensive nouse and today was no different. 

Wasps looked set for a walk in try as MacDonald broke the line, but Doidge came out of nowhere to make a sensational cover tackle and keep the Bears in the game. 

Future star. 

Player of the match:

Amber Reed lead from the front all afternoon in both attack and defence. 

The centre made metres with ball in hand to provide her side with front foot ball as well as being a brick wall in defence. 

Her organisational skills and ability to slip into the fly-half position allowed the Bears to play at pace and keep Wasps on the back foot. 


Photo of the match:

Squad (via Neil Kennedy)