Winscombe Girls become South West champions

Hattie Stephens.

Hattie Stephens. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe Warriors Girls Under-15s became South West champion after defeating Exeter and Cinderford in the finals.

Winscombe Warriors Girls Under-15 became South West champions after defeating Exeter and Cinderford in the finals.

The undefeated Winscombe girls went into the first game in a nervous manner, until a couple of quick scores calmed them down. In the end, the match was one-sided with the Warriors overwhelming Exeter 81-0.

The Warriors had 11 different try scorers in the match, promoting the brand of fluent running rugby that the supporters have become accustomed to.

The Warriors had a quick turnaround having to play against the bigger Cinderford team that would pose a lot of problems to the Warriors.

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The front row of Roach, Pollard and Long caused the larger Cinderford problems at the scrums, winning both their own and taking a few against the head.

In a tight affair, defence was going to be key with Peters and Wilson putting in some great tackles. Winscombe’s work at the breakdown was excellent turning over the ball on a few occasions.

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With great skill and an all-round squad effort, the Warriors eventually ran out deserved winners with a scoreline of 37-12.

After the match, the trophy was presented to captain Jess Cooksey in front of a jubilant crowd of supporters from all three teams.

Coach Ian Cooksey praised the whole squad after the game for the huge effort in training and improving the team and individual skills.

The Warriors now go forward to play in the national semi-finals.

Winscombe Girls Under-18s took on Cleve in the final of the RFU’s South West Championships.

Both teams arrived at the final having swept all before them, Cleve beating teams from Cinderford and Wellington, with Winscombe winning at Plymouth and Exeter.

On the day, the Bristol side proved to be too strong and ran in a total of six tries in a tough match that was played out to the end in a great spirit.

Livi Gillians scored her first try of the season for Winscombe as the Somerset side lost 34-5.

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