Slideshow: Complacent Warriors pay the price

PUBLISHED: 17:34 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 26 October 2009

Warriors in action

Warriors in action

WELWYN Warriors surprisingly crashed out of the National 10s tournament at the regional stage at the weekend. The morning session at Petersfield had gone well for Warriors as they won all three of their games. Against Worthing, the girls notched up a 10-5

WELWYN Warriors surprisingly crashed out of the National 10s tournament at the regional stage at the weekend.

The morning session at Petersfield had gone well for Warriors as they won all three of their games.

Against Worthing, the girls notched up a 10-5 win, they beat Solent Sirens 17-12 and also defeated Exeter Saracens 17-0.

After those matches Warriors needed one more win to qualify for the national finals, but during the lunch break the fizz definitely went out of the team.

First up after refuelling was Reading, a team Warriors had beaten twice before this season.

A tired and weary looking Welwyn side took to the field and never got into their stride.

Reading were fired up, kept the pressure on and made Warriors pay for sloppy passing and missed tackles.

The Berkshire side took a first minute lead and never looked in trouble. They finished worthy winners at 12-0.

In the final match Warriors took on fierce rivals Wimborne needing a win to progress.

Having knocked the Dorset club out of the cup three weeks ago, this was the Black and Greens' first chance to get revenge.

Warriors' poor passing again let them down and Wimborne raced into a 14-0 lead.

Welwyn came back with two tries but failure to convert cost them as the game finished 14-10.

As word spread around the adjacent pitches that Warriors had imploded, the jeers and jibes were a bitter pill for the Welwyn girls to swallow.

Team manager Dave Marques said: "We've worked hard to get into the top tier of girls' rugby and when you're up there people want to knock you down.

"Well, we got knocked down today, good and proper.

"We've had a great 12 months and built up a reputation.

"It's taken a denting but we'll pick ourselves up and move on.

"Let's hope we've learnt a lesson," he said.

"Wimborne showed us how to bounce back; we'll need to copy that.


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