The second week of the Women’s Super Cup saw Llandaff North Ladies welcome Pontyclun Falcons to Hailey park. This highly anticipated match between the two premiership teams promised to be a competitive one with both teams winning their first round encounters.
From kick off it was clear that both teams were keen to assert their dominance. Some great battles in the set piece saw both packs fighting hard to create a stable platform for their backs. The good weather meant a day of running rugby with both sets of back lines taking every opportunity to attack out wide.
From a loose kick, the North made a break through Full back Caryl James only for her to be brought down by the Falcons back line. This was followed by a swift counter attack where the visitors broke through the North defensive line and failed to score only when the Falcons winger dived for the line 5 meters short. Minutes before half time, the North lost no.10 Amberely Ruck who was taken off with an ankle injury. This left the home side with many players out of position. After some further tense periods of play, the half time whistle went with the score at 0-0 and everything to play for.
The second half started much in the same vein as the first with both teams running hard and spreading the ball wide. Finally the first points were put on the board by the home side as a penalty just inside the 22 was slotted between the posts by the boot of Elin Huxtable.
With renewed energy, it didn’t take long for the North back line to make another break up the wing. The ball found its way to No 9 Becky Newton, who with her trade mark show and go and turn of pace, crossed in the corner.
The North continued to put the pressure on the visitors when again another penalty outside the 22 led Huxtable to bring the score to 11-0
Continued infringements in the scrum left the ref no option other than to card Falcons Prop Cerys Hale. The North capitalised on this when a clean lineout and driving maul led to a quick peal and nice step from Newton who crossed for her second under the posts. Huxtable added the extras bringing the score to 18 – 0.
The Falcons kept their heads high and a try came when strong running saw them break through a loose North defence. The extras were added bringing the final score to 18-7.