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London Welsh Ladies
Reading Ladies
Sun 18 Nov 14:00 - RFUW - Women's NC South East West 1 Full time

London Welsh Women match report - Reading, Home, 18/11/2018


A strong display on a special day for LWWFRC

Sunday 18th saw beautiful conditions for rugby as supporters filled the stand at Old Deer Park for London Welsh Women vs Reading Kites. Welsh were expecting a physical contest from the visitors but were confident following a recent comprehensive win against Witney. It was a worrying start therefore when Welsh allowed the Reading 10 and 12 to control the opening minutes, securing the kick off and driving their team up field. Reading’s early offload game proved hard to defend and Welsh were unable to organise their defence to prevent an opening try to the visitors, which was promptly converted.

Fortunately, this opening blip proved to be just that, and Welsh were quick to adjust their style of play to find and exploit the space. Once they had settled into their game, the tries started coming thick and fast. The first came from a storming run from the centre partnership with Elise Mensah cutting an incredible line to find space, running over to take the score to 5-7. It was a similar story minutes later when a few phases of powerful ball carrying from the forwards drew the defence and again allowed the back line to work their magic, with a well-timed offload from Zoë Jeanes putting Elise into enough space for her to sprint from the 22 and over the line, with fly half Ali Smith converting.

With the score now 12-7, the Welsh onslaught continued with the forwards again securing the kick off and trucking up the pitch. A quick snipe around the ruck from scrum half Katie McBride saw Welsh over the line again, taking the half time score to 17-7.

Despite a concerted effort from Reading in the second half, and moments of strong attack, Welsh were able to rally in defence and shut down the threat, converting moments of risk into attack. The set piece continued to prove successful with a strong scrum and a great partnership between Jenni McGivney throwing and Louise Norris receiving at the line out. The tries in the second half highlighted the breadth of ability in the Welsh Women’s game, with a driveover scrum, scored by Nat Smith, a crash ball through from Jeanes, a pick and go from McBride and a further score from Smith all bringing in points, to take the full time score to 37:7.

This was a great & convincing performance against a strong side, showing good mental strength to come back quickly from behind, as well as an impressive physical display. We were pleased to welcome our visiting ref from Japan, and grateful to all the supporters, especially the Old Dragons who supported in force, before gathering with players old and new for the dedication of the Maria Thompson Memorial Board. A truly special day for the club.

1. Alice Gayner
2. Louise Norris
3. Hannah Clarke (FOTM)
4. Jenni McGivney
5. Gemma Swain
6. Eimear O’Rourke
7. Zoë Jeanes
8. Nat Smith (C)
9. Katie McBride
10. Ali Smith
11. Heidi James
12. Elise Mensah (BOTM)
13. Jo Wells
14. Emily Alland
15. Bethan Williams
16. Keshal Patel
17. Paula Cooper
18. Karina Lo Dico

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Portsmouth Valkyries Ladies 14 68
2. London Welsh Ladies 14 42
3. Guernsey Ladies 14 38
4. Windsor Ladies 14 29
5. Havant Ladies 14 27
6. Reading Ladies 14 10
7. Rosslyn Park Ladies 13 -5

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