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Report: Wasps Ladies 26-12 Bristol Ladies

Bristol Ladies’ top four hopes suffered a blow as they slipped to defeat on the road to Wasps Ladies FC on Saturday.

Defensive heart dominated the game, with both sides demonstrating they weren’t willing to take a backwards step in the round 15 clash of the Tyrell’s Premier 15 competition.

Over the first forty, there was nothing to separate the two sides as the scoreboard remained 0-0 going into the break.

The tries came in the second half as Bristol were rewarded for their pressure on the Wasps line with a penalty try and Poppy Leitch powered over, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them falling to only their second defeat in 2018.


What happened?

In an energetic and fast-paced start to the game, it was Wasps who applied the initial pressure on the Bristol line, but the visitors held firm and forced errors from Wasps at critical times.

Lucy Attwood orchestrated an intimidating attack as Bristol looked to use the pace out wide of Stoeger-Goddard and Gregson, but the Wasps defence was up for the test and shut down the space out wide effectively. 

With both defences not giving a lot away, opportunities to score were hard to come by in the first half and it finished honours even at 0-0.

Wasps started the second-half much brighter than Bristol and scored in the opening minutes of the half as, Rochelle Clark powered her way over to put hosts in the lead.

They extended their lead to 19 points with two tries in quick succession, thanks to the pace of Abby Dow and strength of Anna Glynn Davies.

Bristol Ladies showed great character to claw themselves back into the game, after securing the ball from the re-start they applied great pressure on the Wasps line and due to repeated infringements, Bristol were awarded a penalty try and for Wasps, a sin-bin.

The visitors took advantage of the extra player and worked through the gears showing attacking threat from all areas of the field, this led to Poppy Leitch picking off a hole in the Wasps defence to bring Bristol right back in it.

With the hosts back to full fifteen on the pitch, they picked their moment as a kick fell shy of touch and the ball worked its way into the hands of Danielle Waterman, who sealed the game for Wasps in the seventieth minute.

It was an unfortunate result, but brilliant display from a determined Bristol side, that had an average age of 20 years old, who showcased a great display of defence and heart against an experienced and physical Wasps side.

Bristol Ladies:

15. Cat McNaney, 14. Merryn Doidge, 13. Sydney Gregson, 12. Lagi Tuima, 11. Lilly Stoeger-Goddard, 10. Lucy Attwood, 9. Caity Mattinson; 1. Abbie Parsons, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry (c), 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Poppy Leitch, 7. Ebony Jefferies, 8. Izzy Noel-Smith.

Replacements: 16. Michaella Roberts, 17. Jess Thomas, 18. Charlie Budge, 19. Robyn Price, 20. Maeve Liston, 21. Gabby Gower, 22. Lucie Skuse.