Swansea women turn on power at Llandaff North

By Dave Dow | 09/10/2017

  • Swansea Women's RFC v Llandaff North 
  • First away match of the season
  • Whites' second half surge secures the points

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Swansea Women's RFC completed their second league match and first away trip of the season with a hard earned win at Radyr Road against Llandaff North.

Siwan Lillicrap led the Swansea Women's RFC to a win away at Llandaff North on Sunday. The final result of 17 - 31 to the visitors belied a hard fought match where the home team held the lead at half time.

Swansea made an excellent start when Alecs Donovan, making a second start at wing this season, crossed for an early try which went unconverted. But the home team were soon back in it to draw level and a second unconverted try gave them a deserved half time lead of 10 - 5 over the League Champions.

But resilience has been a characteristic developed from last season's successes and Lillicrap and her team came out all guns blazing for the second half. The scrum won a penalty try early on which Beth Preece, back on song,  duly converted to regain the lead.

Alecs Donovan was on the end of some great passing along the backline and didn't turn down the offer of a second score. Preece added the extras: Llandaff North 10 Swansea 19.

Unable to stay off the score sheet for long, the irrepressible Adi Taviner, moved to fullback from centre for this match, was next to cross and Beth Preece eased to 144 points for the club as she kicked the extras for a 26 - 10 lead.

With Nick Edwards and Dafydd Howells ringing the changes on the bench it was Megan Griffiths who put the matter beyond doubt. Subbing for Robyn Harris at centre she was able to grab the fifth try, this time Preece just wide of the mark.

It was a full blooded affair and Llandaff were able to pull one back, the conversion giving little hope of overcoming Swansea but reward for effort in front of their own crowd. Liilicrap was binned for an infringement, leaving Swansea to defend the lead with fourteen, but this was shortly afterwards negated by a yellow for Llandaff North. Swansea, in the driving seat, held on for an impressive 31 - 17 win.

Next up is Seven Sisters Women's RFC for their first ever visit to St Helen's on Sunday 22nd October (KO: 2:30pm). Make sure to come and bring your friends to support the Swansea Women's RFC on their own ground.

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