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Both the first team and the second team have seen changes in personnel, with the first team including a number of players making their Premiership debut.
A strong Bristol squad put the pressure on Wasps from the start and quickly found themselves close to the try line on 2 occasions, however Winger Rebecca Rowe made sure that no points were scored with two try saving tackles. One of these tackles put the Bristol ball carrier into touch and a good lineout from the forwards secured clean ball for Fly Half Hannah Edwards to clear out of the Wasps 22.
Wasps piled on the pressure and worked their way into the Bristol half. A series of great set pieces from the forwards leads to Bristol conceding a penalty, with Edwards converting that into 3 points with a superb kick at goal. After 14 minutes Wasps led the game 3-0.
The teams were well matched and the score remained the same for several minutes. Wasps produced some solid defence with big hits going in from new American Centre Ashley Perry, who forced the ball to be lost in contact by Bristol on more than one occasion.
Unfortunately Bristol continued to attack and Wasps gave away a penalty for persistent offside, seeing Number 7 Liz Crake shown a yellow card. Bristol took the opportunity to kick for points. This attempt was successful; bring the score to 3 a piece after 34 minutes.
Bristol received the kick off and powered forward with Marlie Packer making a superb return to Twyford Avenue with a try under the posts for Bristol. This was converted putting Bristol into the lead 3-10 just before half time.
Bristol again with strong posession and Wasps giving away another penalty sees Bristol take an attempt at goal. This was unsuccessful, but Bristol regained possession and through Wasps poor discipline, they were awarded another penalty. This they took as a quick tap and go with Jay Sime making a great cover tackle, ending the first half with Bristol with a small lead.
Half time score: Wasps 3 – 10 Bristol
Wasps made one change during the break with Captain Sarah Michelson moving from flanker to the centres, replacing Anna Glyn-Davies and saw Rae Metters join the forwards on the flank.
Wasps kicked off the second half and a well-placed kick from Hannah Edwards allowed Alex Powell to regain possession, before Bristol could secure the ball. Some strong play by the forwards pushed Bristol back in defence and forced Bristol to give a penalty away.
Unfortunately this was not capitalised on with Wasps failing to make touch; however Bristol’s discipline was not under control and they quickly gave away another penalty. This time Hannah Edwards ensured it made touch.
The forwards’ set pieces were working well, but Wasps could not convert their efforts into points.
Bristol began to really take control at this point and Poppy Cleall on her return to Bristol made a strong break down the midfield and finally being halted after several failed tackle attempts and knocked on. Wasps had the possession and kicked to clear from the scrum. This led to a Bristol lineout, which they took comfortably and drove over from 10m to score in the corner. This was unconverted making the score 3-15.
This began a series of plays by Bristol that forced errors from Wasps and saw Bristol take full control of the game. Further tries were added by Bristol No.8 from a scrum, a chip and chase by Marlie Packer put their Winger into space to score, with two more tries following to take the score to 3-39.
Wasps regained possession in the final minutes and were awarded a penalty for a trip by Poppy Cleall who was sent for an early shower with a yellow. Wasps had time for one more lineout but could not add any more points.
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Bristol Ladies travelled to Wasps today for the first fixture of the Women’s Premiership 2016/17 season.
Bristol piled on the pressure from the start, even looking to score with the first play of the ball, however errors in accuracy led to a high penalty count across the first 20 minutes for Bristol, and Wasps scored the first points of the day, with kicker Edwards slotting a penalty over on fourteen minutes.
It took fifteen minutes for the next points of the game to be scored – as Amber Reed (sponsored by Colston’s School) scored a return penalty to level the score to 3 – 3.
The first and only try of the half came through former Wasp, Marlie Packer, who showed persistence and determination to find a gap in the Wasps defence and cross under the posts. Amber Reed duly converted.
The key messages at half time focussed around improving the accuracy of play and increasing the line speed – both of which showed in the second half.
A well-executed line out and led to a brilliant 20 metre drive by the forwards, sending Marlie Packer (sponsored by Jones Building Group) over for her second of the game. Minutes later, Izzy Noel Smith who looked threatening all game showed her strength a powered over, taking the score to 3 – 22.
Cat McNaney was the next to score, scooping the ball up and running it around the back of the Wasps defence, a great performance on her Premiership debut. Poppy Leitch (sponsored by Floodlights UK) followed in her footsteps shortly after adding her name to the tally.
Carrie Roberts thought she has also gone over 10 minutes from the end until the ref blew up for crossing, however she showed her composure as she dashed through five minutes later for the final score of the game, ending the score on 3 – 39.
Head Coach Roy Davies spoke to us afterwards ‘A bonus point win is a great way to start the season. The first 20 minutes looked very much like the first 20 minutes of the new season with a lot of inaccurate play, however we soon raised our standards to the level we would expect from ourselves. I was really pleased with the way we adapted our game to the conditions and were able to great pressure on a hardworking, aggressive Wasps team. We had a strong squad tonight which was vital as our players came off the bench and made an impact and contributed fully to what was an excellent performance for this stage of the season’.
Forward of the game: Sasha Acheson
Back of the game: Amber Reed
|14||Wasps||Pen||Edwards||3 – 0|
|30||Bristol||Pen||Reed||3 – 3|
|35||Bristol||Try||Packer||3 – 8|
|42||Bristol||Try||Packer||3 – 15|
|47||Bristol||Try||Noel Smith||3 – 20|
|48||Bristol||Conv||Reed||3 – 22|
|57||Bristol||Try||McNaney||3 – 27|
|63||Bristol||Try||Leitch||3 – 32|
|64||Bristol||Conv||Reed||3 – 34|
|75||Bristol||Try||Roberts||3 – 39|
|10/09/2016||12:00 pm||Women's Premiership||2016-17|