By Nia Jones
Whitland was the setting for the North Ladies second game of the season and with one win in the bag, they were looking maintain their winning performance.
North played an expansive passing game against Gwernyfed last week but the conditions were completely opposite at Whitland. The home side made the most of this and their strong forward runners to contain the North backs and what was to follow was a bruising physical encounter.
The North chased hard from the kick-off, making solid tackles and contesting well at the ruck area. A turn over ball meant they could put early pressure on the Whitland try line. However it was the home side that got the first reward. After working their way up the pitch, winger Heather Rees spotted a dog leg in the North defence, braking through the defensive line to cross the white wash. Whitland added the extras making it 7-0 to the home side.
After a reset, the North ladies went straight on the attack. Some excellent work from the forwards gave a stable platform for the backs to play and it wasn’t long before last week’s man of the match, Elin Huxtable, crossed the line to open the scoring for the north. 7-5.
Buoyed by this first score, North ladies had the wind in their sails. The forwards dominated the ruck area giving the backs plenty of quick ball. Soon, fly half Millie Williams spotted a similar dog-leg in the Whitland defence and shot through the gap for the second try. Claudia Meyrick added the extras to make it 7-12 to the North.
Sustained North pressure for the last 5 minutes of the first half saw a fiercely contested driving lineout followed by barrage of pick-and-goes on the Whitland line. The home side stood firm stopping attempt after attempt, but on the stroke of half time it was too much and 2nd row Louise Cox powered over the line for North’s 3rd try. Meyrick added the extras – 7-19.
The second half was a physical and mental battle with neither side giving an inch. North made a number of changes to great effect. They continued to dominate in open play and the scrum seemed to get a new lease of life in the last 20. Excellent team work from the whole North squad put them on the front foot for almost the whole 2nd half. Frustratingly North couldn’t seem to find their way through the excellent defence from Whitland to get that all important bonus point try. The match ended the same way as the first half, 7-19 to the North.
Man of the match went to returning Welsh International, Morfydd Ifans, whilst North gave the opposition honours to ex-North girl, and Whitland Captain, Jenny Hawkins.
The North ladies now have a week off before meeting Swansea at home on October the 8th.
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