Warriors enjoy warm welcome in Wales
PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009
WELWYN Warriors enjoyed a tour to Wales over the Easter break and received the warmest of welcomes in the Valleys. A party of 56 from the county s leading girls club made the trip to South Wales. Warriors teams took on Newport HSOB on Good Friday. The
WELWYN Warriors enjoyed a tour to Wales over the Easter break and received the warmest of welcomes in the Valleys.
A party of 56 from the county's leading girls' club made the trip to South Wales.
Warriors' teams took on Newport HSOB on Good Friday.
The Under-15s beat Newport 49-5 in the first match of the tour.
Most of the game was played in sunshine, but by the time the Under-18s took to the pitch rain and sleet was pouring down.
In a titanic tussle, Warriors stormed into a 19-0 lead, only to see Newport claw back the points in the heavy conditions.
With a minute left on the watch, Newport ran in a breakaway try to make the score 22-19.
The visitors pressed forward from the kick-off, gained possession and managed to claim a winning converted try to make the final score 26-22.
The whole party went to the EDF Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals at the Millennium Stadium on the Saturday and watched Leicester Tigers beat Wasps 34-24 and Ospreys destroy Saracens 30-3.
Both Welwyn teams got back to business on Easter Sunday with a trip to Ebbw Vale to take on the East Wales regional sides.
After the pitch was cleared of thick snow in the morning, Warriors U15s were beaten by a strong regional side 66-7, with captain Courtney Arberry scoring their solitary try.
The U18s then put their stuttering Newport performance behind them.
The Hobbs Way outfit triumphed 17-0 after playing some delightful rugby in the first half.
Centre Alex Robertson scored two superb tries for the Welwyn side and their Welsh opponents were then unable to find a way through a wall of maroon hoops.
The match finished a few minutes early after Welwyn scrum-half Casey Schults was injured.
Team manager Dave Marques was delighted with the weekend away.
He said: "We have had a fantastic tour.
"Everybody in Wales, from the moment we checked into our hotel, was so friendly and welcoming.
"The post-match hospitality is as good, if not better, than anything we've ever had before.
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