Sunday afternoon saw the return of Caernarfon Women’s RFC to St Helen’s, to face Swansea WRFC. The rivalry between the two club sides has produced great games and two Super Cup Finals. Both were won by the Swansea women.
On Sunday, due to the Women’s Six Nations campaign, the result was hard to predict but Swansea, although unable to field a bench through injury and call ups, showed they were still the team to beat in Wales. The resulting score of 73 – 5 underlined this as well as showcasing a valuable contribution from new signing Jodie Evans at fly-half.
Captained by the experienced Robyn Lock The Whites went into the break with a 33 – 5 lead thanks to tries from Lock, Courtney Edwards, Kelly Tombs and two from new girl Jodie Evans who also kicked four conversions.
Despite several players having to play out of position Swansea continued to dominate and the coaches will be pleased with the application of a somewhat depleted Whites team as they kept the foot on the gas for the second half. With no bench available the fifteen Whites set about the second half in fine style.
Prolific scorer Fee Bowen got on the score sheet, turning out at inside centre instead of the regular wing berth. Her centre partner Rosie Mankee crossed twice. Sasha Baily at full-back also added to the try count and the irrepressible Robyn Lock scored twice more for a deserved hat trick. Impressive Jodie Evans converted five of the six second half tries into goals for a final score of 73 – 5.
Commenting on the continued success of the Women’s team at St Helen’s, Swansea RFC Secretary Alun Donovan said:
“Swansea Rugby Club formed a women’s rugby team in 2016 and since their formation the Women’s team has gone from strength to strength, losing only two games. The current Welsh Women’s Rugby 2019 Squad has 7 of the Swansea Rugby Team as part of the squad and congratulations to Keira Bevan, Alex Donovan, Amy Evans, Cara Hope, Natalia John, Siwan Lillicrap and the National Captain Carys Phillips, with another. Welsh stalwart Kerin Lake missing out through injury.”
“On Saturday the Welsh Women’s Rugby team take on the French at the GGL Stadium, Montpellier and on behalf of the club we wish them all the best.”
“Swansea Rugby Club continue to build the club and offer opportunities for women’s rugby to develop and even without their current 8 internationals managed a very convincing 73-5 win over Caernarfon on Sunday, showing the strength in depth at the Club is extremely impressive.”
“As you can see the future of Welsh Women’s Rugby is bright at Swansea Rugby Club and we are always looking for sponsors to ensure that this fastest growing form of the game gets the ever important support it needs.”