Oxfordshire Girls U.18 53 pts - Cornwall Girls U.18 5 pts
Report by NIALL Devenish.
Cornwall U18 Girls made the very long trip up to Banbury RFC in Oxfordshire for their first game of the season against the home team.
A very well organised Oxfordshire side put Cornwall under pressure from the outset and despite some spirited defence started to work a healthy lead.
In attack Cornwall could not seem to find the fluency required and even after long periods of attack were unable to make much of a mark on the score-board.
Cornwall started the second half brightly and began to get into their stride in attack managing a sustained period of in the opposition 22. Following a great line break by Cornwall, Oxfordshire were penalised for deliberately killing the ball on their five-metre line resulting in one of their players being sin binned.
Cornwall used the extra player well to break down a stubborn defence and score their only try of the game.
The final score of 53- 5 did not reflect the effort and spirit the Cornish Girls showed, they were beaten by a good and well organised side, but never gave up.
Head coach Niall Devenish
Assistant coach Karl Thomas
Team manager Teri Hughes
Cornwall Girls U.18 Team sheet.
5. Beth Hampton
8. Leona Hughes (vice captain)
10.Amy Bunt (Captain)
13. Ellie Benyon
OXFORDSHIRE U.15 12PTS CORNWALL U.15 24PTS
By Kevin Williams
Cornwall girls under 15s set off bright and early for the first of their three games against Oxfordshire at Banbury RFC.
Due to an accident en route and the changing rooms not being ready the girls only had a short period of time to warm up and to shake the journey out of their systems, not ideal preparation. .
Playing the first half down the slightest of slopes on a firm pitch with a bit of sunshine Cornwall failed to claim the ball from kick off knocking on. Undeterred Cornwall’s pack took the first scrum against the head, the ball spun wide to the blindside winger Abby Smith who from 30 meters beat her opposite number and full back to open the scoring for the visitors, that try lifted the girls.
A short while later Oxfordshire put together a good few phases to drive over the line for a converted try and a 7-5 lead.
After gaining a scrum in a good field position in the Oxfordshire half the Cornwall pack showed their strength and dominance winning the ball before putting together a number of phases allowing lock Evie Asman to crash over for a try converted by centre Chloe Vickery.
Oxfordshire bounced back with an unconverted try to level the game at 12-all.
With a minute or so left on the clock in the first half Cornwall had another scrum this time in their own 22, winning the ball Cornwall moved the ball to full back Laura Griggs who showed great pace beating the cover from distance to dot down under the post for Vickery to convert leaving Cornwall 19-12 up at half-time.
Cornwall started the second half the way they finished the first half dominating field position and possession, however play was halted for a period following a neck injury to Cornwall’s No.8 Kacey Rexworthy requiring the game to be completed on an adjoining pitch.
Oxfordshire put Cornwall under pressure from the re-start but Cornwall defended well turning the ball over on their 5 metre line with Griggs relieving the siege with a powerful run out of defence up to halfway.
Cornwall settled starting to put the phases together as the forwards and backs combined inside the Oxfordshire 22 resulting in replacement Charlotte Newstead crossing the whitewash for the only score of the half.
“A special mention needs to go to centre Chloe Vickery for stepping up to take the conversions, having never taken one before, she converted two out of four.”
Replacements: Mollie Maycock, Paige Clarke, Emily Hosking, Evie Curnow, Charlotte Newstead, Kizzy Dymond, Olivia Rowland