Warriors bash Reading in cup
PUBLISHED: 16:09 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009
DEPLETED Welwyn Warriors Under-18s battled through to the next round of the National Cup on Sunday. Due to their ever-growing injury list, Warriors have entered this year s National Cup competition alongside Essex side Basford. The first round match at
DEPLETED Welwyn Warriors Under-18s battled through to the next round of the National Cup on Sunday.
Due to their ever-growing injury list, Warriors have entered this year's National Cup competition alongside Essex side Basford.
The first round match at Hobbs Way on Sunday afternoon saw Welwyn-Basford pitched against Reading, one of the emerging sides in the south of England.
Warriors had beaten Reading 46-0 earlier in the season but the Berkshire outfit had provided a far sterner test than that scoreline suggested.
Only last week they had beaten Basford, so a tough encounter was expected on Sunday.
However, it turned out to be something of a cruise for the Warriors and their Essex colleagues.
Although this was the first time they had played together as a team, the girls were familiar with each other from playing in the East of England regional side and Welwyn-Basford ran out comfortable 64-0 winners.
Basford's Sarah Carmen broke through the Reading defence time and again to set up tries for the supporting players.
Springbok Frankie Dawson claimed the first two scores before Hannah Marques went over.
Warriors skipper Hannah Gallagher also notched a couple of tries, as well as kicking seven conversions.
Basford's Emily Scott grabbed a brace, as did Warriors' Alex Robertson. Carmen claimed a deserved solo try.
Team manager Dave Marques was delighted. After the game he said: "We nearly had to pull out of the tournament as our injury list kept getting longer, but Basford kindly agreed to pool resources with us and that meant extra rugby for the girls in both teams.
"Without their help our girls would have had to sit this weekend out.
"Regional RFUW coach Andrew Skipper was here today and several of the girls must have caught his eye as they put in some great performances."
The next round of the cup is on March 30.
Before then Warriors have a big league match against Esher next weekend, two rounds of regional rugby and then the Warriors 'Tour de Wales' over Easter, where both the U15s and U18s will play Newport and East Wales region.