Winning weekend for Winscombe girls

Winscombe Warriors Under-15 girls enjoyed a winning weekend of rugby in Dorset.

WINSCOMBE Warriors Under-15 girls travelled to Dorset for a weekend of rugby.

The first match was against a strong North Dorset team at Gillingham, the hosts’ opening the scoring. The Warriors hit back with some quality rugby and scored tries by Jessie Anderson and Beth Woodcock.

Winscombe stretched their lead through the best play of the game when Wilkinson collected the ball on her own line, passed to Darby who was tackled short of the halfway line.

Quick ball was produced through text book rucking by Hartnup, Pollard and Walker, scrum half Godwin made a small break and fed Stephens. Quick hands found Johnson who moved the ball on to Cooksey and a switch with Woodcock saw her score a try that will live long in the memory.

More tries followed as the Warriors continued to play the game at speed. Woodcock completed her hat-trick and the dependable Wright Hayley sprinted in from the halfway line. Burgess kicked two conversions as Winscombe ran out 29-12 winners.

The next stop on this whistle stop tour in Dorset was against Devonport and Newton Abbot and the Warriors continued where they left off.

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Coach Waterfield made a couple of changes with the introduction of new players Megan Beer and Amelia Keevil, who both made a positive contribution to the game and had a big influence on the result.

The first of the Warriors tries came from a solid scrum taken against the head by the powerful Warriors pack. Godwin made the break, passed to Burgess who set up Darby to hand off a tackler and score under the posts, Burgess slotting the extras.

Next to cross the white line was Jessie Anderson, soon followed by Cooksey after good work from Keevil and Johnson.

Captain Stephens help set up a try for Darby, who sliced through a couple of tackles to score. The last try of the game came from a jinking run from Burgess, who beat three or four players before scoring.

All players will be looking forward to the Worcester Super 6 tournament this Sunday, where the Warriors will be pitted against five of the best Under-15 sides in the country.

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