Chew Valley Cats lose a close fought rugby match against Devizes Ladies

By Andrew Tanner in Rugby

The final result did not reflect how closely fought this game was. The visitors lost heavily at home in the first game of their first league season and this performance showed how far they have come in a short time.

Playing down the slope with the wind at their backs Devizes might have expected to be away and clear, as it was they were only 18 - 10 up at half time thanks to an early penalty from their scrum half and a try out wide as they managed to work the ball around determined defence.

When the Cats early nerves wore off their forwards began to come into the game and strong carries comitted defenders and created the space for outside half Fiona Penfold to score a try and her scrum half partner Rhianna Williams was on the end of a driving maul from a five metre lineout to put the visitors in front. A try under the posts from centre Rosie Withey was converted by scrum half Patsy Warburton who added a penalty before the break.

The secnd half was all Cats for 35 minutes as they camped in the home 22.

Skipper Hannah Bunce scored a try to take her side to within a score. The game for the Cats was made more difficult when hooker and principal source of lineout ball Sarah Blyth was forced off with a neck injury. That restricted line-out options although there were chances to score because the home defence was under constant pressure from flanker Sam Jackson who was everywhere and the centres Georgia Bessell and Daisy Peace Lyons.

Two breakaway tries in the last five minutes put a gloss on the scoreline for Devizes who will win the league if near neighbours Westbury stumble at the last hurdle.

Devizes Ladies 30 Chew Valley Cats 15

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