SGS defeat Hartpury in local derby…
A ladies college rugby match saw South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) and Hartpury College play each other in a West Country derby. These two elite teams from Bristol and Gloucester are considered to be two of the best in the country.
There was local interest in the match, playing for SGS at prop was Florence Long from Winscombe RFC and Katie Reynolds at No 8 from Hornets RFC.
In the Hartpury team was Evie Roach from Winscombe at second row and Eleanor Febrey from Hornets at hooker.
All four of them are the core players in the Somerset County side at Under 18 level. They are member of the U18 Centre of Excellence (CoE) programme with the English RFU.
In a tight first half both teams were evenly matched. Each side scoring one try, SGS gaining a slight advantage by converting their try.
The half-time score was 7 points to 5 in favour of SGS.
The second half saw Hartpury put SGS under a lot of pressure but their defence, both backs and forwards, held strong and stopped them crossing the line. Handling errors by the Hartpury backs saw SGS starting to take command of the match.
First Florence made a strong run, at speed, to score a try under the posts. No one in the Hartpury side picked here up or got anywhere near to tackling her.
The SGS hooker, Milly O’donnell, made the match safe by powering over for a try taking the Hartpury backs and forwards with her. The defenders had no answer to her power.
The final score was 19 points to 5 in favour of the Filton side.