Winscombe Ladies tackle a hard Chard.

PUBLISHED: 10:07 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:07 07 December 2018

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A weakened Winscombe Ladies side put up a brave fight against Chard.

If rugby was won on most tackles alone, Winscombe Ladies would have come home with their second league win at Chard. However, while tackles do win matches, in this case it was not enough.

With Winscombe having only 12 players available to face a full Chard team, the match was always going to test the stamina of the visitors.

Captain and perhaps Winscombe’s strongest player Olivia Ball started at full-back giving strength to the last line of defence, while the adaptable Josie Ryder joined the forward set up, with Tallulah Wheeler starting at number 12.

Winscombe got off to a flying start before the pitch softened underfoot, with their fastest player Kim Sweeting brushing off a few tackles to score out wide.

It wasn’t long before Chard hit back with a couple of impressive tries in succession. Winscombe were showing great strength in the scrums, with a number of turnovers going their way.

However, Chard were desperately committed to winning their first match and were playing with confidence, moving the ball with quality passing and quick offloads and reach the break with a 24-5 lead.

Losing Suzy Yardley to an accidental boot in the head was a big blow to Winscombe for the second half, but Winscombe ladies toughed it out and never let up with huge tackling efforts from all players.

Despite the pressure, the powerful backs of Chard managed to score a few more tries before the fleet-footed Sweeting scored under the posts and Wheeler promptly converted.

As the light dimmed so did the energy of the players. While Chard broke the Winscombe line, they didn’t break their spirit nor endeavour and the Winscombe Ladies can hold their heads high after a gutsy performance.

In a physically gruelling match the Winscombe Ladies went down 41-12 but can be proud of the way they played under intense pressure.

Winscombe’s player of the match went to Tallulah Wheeler with special mention to Olivia Ball and Sarah Godwin.

With the players all still learning how to play rugby and the roles of particular positions, it is a great time for any new ladies to join. Ladies of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to play and very welcome to join training on Wednesday nights from 7-8.30pm at Winscombe Rugby Club.

For details email warriorladies1962@gmail.com or call 07859 908667.

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