Winscombe girls triumph in battle of the champions

Winscombe Girls Under-15s.

Winscombe Girls Under-15s. - Credit: Archant

South West champions Winscombe Under-15s girls beat their Midland counterparts at the prestigious Sixways ground.

Worcester Warriors 10 pts

Winscombe Warriors 41 pts

SOUTH West champions Winscombe Under-15s travelled to Worcester to take on the Midland champions at the prestigious Sixways ground.

The game started with Winscombe playing up the slope and the Worcester team putting the ball behind the away team and playing a tactical game.

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Winscombe full-back Cooksey made many inroads with scintillating counter attacks supported by Adams and Anderson on the wings.

The first try came after some sustained Winscombe pressure with several players being thwarted short of the line, before Adams cut back from the wing on an excellent line to score near the uprights, Burgess adding the conversion.

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Winscombe were now in control of the game with forwards ands backs combining to stretch the home defence. A deft pass from Johnson saw Wilkinson hit the line at pace and she was through to score under the posts, Burgess again adding the extras to lead 14-0 at half-time.

The second half did not start well for Winscombe as Worcester came out in determined fashion. Some great defence from Darby and Evie kept the line intact, but Worcester scored out wide and soon after scored again to cut the gap to four points.

Winscombe rallied with Cooksey scoring a couple of excellent tries, Godders adding the extras to one of the scores. Winscombe took full advantage of a tiring home team and Cooksey completed her hat-trick.

With five minutes left on the clock, captain Stephens turned over the ball and fed Pollard, who stormed through to sprint clear and score.

The best was still to come with a great team try, the ball was moved from side to side with slick hand and good running lines stretching the home team before Wright-Haley powered through to finish the scoring in spectacular fashion.

Player of the match was Pollard who worked tirelessly. Special mentions go to Hattie Stephens (captain), Jess Cooksey and Amy Goddwin, who have all been selected to represent the South West of England Under-15s and also to Olivia Ball, who has been selected for the South West Under-18s.

WINSCOMBE Rugby Club is hosting its first Under-13s girls’ rugby festival on March 1.

Following the success of the girls’ Under-18 and Under-15 teams of recent years, a new batch of emerging female rugby talent has been quietly developing in the Mendips.

Boasting over 16 registered members, and wowing coaches, spectators, parents and opponents with their exhilarating brand of open running rugby, Winscombe Under-13s are taking the local rugby world by storm.

The club is expecting several teams from around the region to attend on the day, and if you have a daughter who would like to play, or you wouild like to watch good quality rugby, get yourself down to The Lynch between 1.30-4pm and enjoy.

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