Slideshow: Welwyn through to final of National Cup

PUBLISHED: 18:46 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009

Welwyn-Basford in action at Wimborne

Welwyn-Basford in action at Wimborne

A GIRLS rugby team from Welwyn will bid for national glory next weekend. Welwyn Warriors Under-18s joined forces with Essex club Basford to win through to the final of the RFUW National Junior Cup at Lichfield on Sunday, April 13. The combined talents

A GIRLS' rugby team from Welwyn will bid for national glory next weekend.

Welwyn Warriors' Under-18s joined forces with Essex club Basford to win through to the final of the RFUW National Junior Cup at Lichfield on Sunday, April 13.

The combined talents of the county's top girls' team from Hobbs Way and their Basford colleague won last Sunday's Southern final at Wimborne in Dorset.

Welwyn-Basford emerged triumphant from a tough pool containing the hosts plus Solent Sirens and will now face Worcester in the national showpiece.

The regional second phase was a round-robin style competition and such was the quality of the sides involved that the biggest winning margin of the afternoon was just five points.

Wimborne were first up against Solent and although being behind for most of the match, a late score saw them edge out the Sirens 7-3.

Welwyn-Basford then took on the Sirens and a second-half try by Rachel French clinched a 5-0 win.

This was particularly harsh on the Sirens, who had dominated against Wimborne and made Welwyn-Basford struggle for the entire match.

The opening two results set up the final pool game between Wimborne and Welwyn-Basford as a winner-takes-all affair.

Two early penalties saw the Dorset girls lead 6-0 for most of the first half.

But a late Emily Scott try saw Welwyn-Basford go in 6-5 behind at half-time.

The second half saw Welwyn-Basford pushing for the winning score but Wimborne kept the door firmly shut until two minutes from time.

Natalie McClaron then crashed through for the vital score to make it 10-6 to the visitors.

Worcester won the other U18 pool ahead of Leodias and Burfield.

The National U15 Cup will be between Thornbury and London Irish.


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