Cheltenham Tigers 10 Richmond Ladies II 19
Cheltenham Tigers Ladies finished the first half of the season in third place in the RFUW Championship South One table, despite defeat to Richmond last Sunday.
The Tigers suffered their biggest defeat of the season so far last time the two teams met after losing 39-19 against then leaders Richmond on September 13, after a key player left the pitch in the opening minutes due to injury.
After a last-minute try secured a slender 41-36 victory last week against Hove Ladies, the Tigers displayed unbreakable defensive work from kick-off at an extremely cloudy Newlands Park.
Although Richmond enjoyed more possession, their backs failed to transfer the ball further than their inside centre and battled with big Tigers pressure.
Cheltenham knew it was going to be a scarce game and decided to kick a penalty in the 10th minute, which full-back Emma Mundy converted.
The Londoners spent most of the first half behind the opposition’s 22, and attempted repeatedly to get their forwards over the try line but when Referee Iain Morris blew the whistle for the break, the score still was 3-0 to the hosts.
The second half saw the first try of the game, with Richmond’s pack pressing hard – enabling Marlose Van Duuren to score.
The visitors continued to frustrate the Tigers with a try by front row Elisha Dee.
Cheltenham struggled to make a dent in the opposition’s pack and Richmond took advantage by powering into a 19-3 lead, with Sammy Crandell scoring twice and full-back Jayne Goodlife converting both tries.
Cheltenham found it hard to settle back into the game, but finally a few quickly played penalties brought them to within inches of the whitewash, before the Tigers’ backs finally managed to move the ball effectively into the outside channel where wing Suzie Walker found space to break through and score.
Full-back Mundy converted to make the final score 19-10 to the visitors.
Cheltenham travel away to leaders Thurrock on Sunday knowing they will have a tough task to come away with victory as the hosts have begun the season with 14 wins out of 14 matches.
Cheltenham: Emily Kingston, Niamh Egan, Michelle Lewis, Francesca Strong, Maddie Massey, Jessica Elbeck, Megan Lavill, Becky Wilson, Laura Hale, Beth O’Brien, Suzie Walker, Viv Bahlmann, Meg Youdan, Lauren Williams, Emma Mundy, Sally Thornton, Bee Mocellin, Kayleigh Winser, Kimberley Drage.
Richmond: Emily Scott, Lydia Zajiczek, Elisha Dee, Mairead Nee, Sammy Crandell, Wendy Fisher, Libby Povey, Lil Knight, Nicole Kwee, Tess Braunerova, Marlose Van Duuren, Vic Britland, Fran Hall, Angela Chapado, Jayne Goodlife.
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