With fantastic running lines, strong ball in hand and a hat-trick of tries, Bristol Ladies Rugby rumbled their way to an impressive 57-5 win against Aylseford on Sunday.
Shiobhan Longdon-Hughes made a try within the first five minutes and it was all ablaze from then on with the team working together to continue ratcheting up the score.
The first half saw further tries for Matilda Vaughan-Fowler, Amy Wilson-Hardy, Katie Mason, and Amber Reed – all converted by Reed. Aylseford weren’t given any opportunities by Bristol, ensuring the score at half-time was completely one-sided.
Emily Underwood was particularly impressive during the first half with dominant tackling, strong ball carries and work at line-out.
At the onset of the second half, Aylesford were quick to place their mark on the score sheet with a try by Catherine Spencer. But it was much too late and Bristol were back on form until the end.
Sophie Hemming and Charlie Notmanon came on at 45 minutes, replacing the injured Izzy Noel-Smith and Sadie Giles.
In the 52nd minute Reed scored a try – which she also converted.
Becky Hughes came on in the 58th minute, replacing Katie Mason. A further substitution was made with Underwood going off and Amelia Buckland-Hurry coming on.
The game finished with two further tries for Bristol – scored by Longdon-Hughes and Wilson-Hardy respectively, the latter playing a particularly effective game during the second half.
Head coach, Susie Appleby was very pleased with the result:
“We had more good performances from the combinations of our young and experienced players, notably Abbie Parsons, Matilda Vaughan-Fowler, Emily Underwood and Devon Holt.
Amber Reed gave an outstanding performance, leading from front as always, as did Izzy Noel-Smith before being forced off though injury.
We now look forward to welcoming the league leaders Saracens and Richmond to Bristol, and having a big finish to our league season.”
Bristol Ladies Rugby will be playing at home on Sunday 19 January at Portway Development Centre against Saracens Ladies, who are currently top of the RFU Premiership table.
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