Girls bow out in semi-final

PUBLISHED: 10:26 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010

WESTON Under-14s Girls' squad travelled to the Thornbury 7s and did not disappoint. The group stages began with a comprehensive eight-try demolition of Trowbridge. Forwards Emily, Kat and Alice were dominant and allowed Rhiannon to feed the backs with qu

WESTON Under-14s Girls' squad travelled to the Thornbury 7s and did not disappoint. The group stages began with a comprehensive eight-try demolition of Trowbridge. Forwards Emily, Kat and Alice were dominant and allowed Rhiannon to feed the backs with quality ball. Kate came up with a hat-trick, Heather grabbed two as did Olivia. The second half saw Weston bring on Phoebe, Emma and Chelsey who continued with a great performance which Emma capped off the scoring to give Weston a 40-0 victory.Next up were Burnham, and facing a side that some Weston players have represented this season meant it would a tense affair. The game was even early on, but Weston got a lucky break when Alice was given Weston's first try, when it appeared the ball was not grounded. Weston then stepped up a gear, Olivia added to her tally then Weston's powerful forwards took control. Alice scored a hat-trick and Kate finished the game with another try to run out 25-0 winners.The final group game was against Hucclecote, who had also impressed in their earlier games. From the kick-off, Weston were under pressure from the opponents' long-range kicks for their speedy backs to chase. A couple of knock-ons meant Weston were behind. Olivia managed to pull a try back before half time, but injuries were beginning to take their toll with Chelsey and Rhiannon sitting out the second half. The reshuffled side started to get back in the game, again the forwards built the platform for Alice and Kate to add to Weston's score. The game was lost 35-15, but it was now on to the semi.The semi was against Drybrook, a side that had won Pool A, and from the start they put Weston under pressure and were gifted a simple try from a knock-on. Soon Drybrook scored again, but Weston rallied and hit back first through Alice and then Kate. The second half was a tense affair with neither side able to get the upper hand. Both sides' forwards put in some tremendous tackles with Phoebe, Emma and Emily not giving an inch. Rhiannon and Kate worked well and created two try-scoring chances which Alice and Kate were able to convert. With scores level, extra time appeared to be the only way to separate the sides. The decision that followed meant Drybrook progressed to the final as they had scored the first try in the semi. It was an unfortunate way to go out of the tournament. All 10 players can be pleased with the effort and quality of their performances with 20 tries scored in four highly entertaining games. Weston's squad included eight county representatives and five who have gone on to represent the South West.Looking to the future Weston will again be running an Under-14s and Under-17s side from next season, pre-season training will start in July, so anyone wishing to participate should contact the club via the website at www.westonrfc.co.uk Details will be posted in the coming weeks.

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