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Wasps FC Ladies
Bristol Bears Women
C MacDonald, A Dow (2)
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L Goulden (2)
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Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - Tyrrells Premier 15s - Premier League Full time

Wasps earn 25-17 victory at The Big Swarm

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Wasps overcame a tough Bristol Bears side to finish the regular season with a 25-17 victory

Wasps overcame a tough Bristol Bears side to finish the regular season with a 25-17 victory. In front of a large crowd at the annual Big Swarm event, the home side scored four tries, including a double from Abby Dow. However, it was their incredible defensive effort, which was tested throughout, that secured the win.

In a game littered with penalties from both sides, it was the boot of Lizzie Goulden which got the home side off the mark with an early penalty. Bristol spent large periods with possession early on but Wasps continued to win the collisions and important penalties at the breakdown to relieve pressure.

The first try of the game came from scrum-half Claudia MacDonald, who stole the ball off the back of an overthrown lineout. She then demonstrated her lightning speed as she raced past defenders for 80m, scoring her tenth try of the season.

Wasps scored another well-worked try on the half hour mark, as they attacked the blindside. Sarah Mitchelson carried into contact before throwing a fantastic offload to Abby Dow, who turned on the afterburns to win the race down the touchline to score.

The visitors hit back immediately with a try from Clara Nielson, with Wasps leading 15-5 at the break.

Lizzie Goulden extended Wasps lead after seven minutes of the second half with another penalty, but England international, Sarah Bern, crossed for the visitors second try not long after.

Bristol controlled possession for large period of the second half, as they began to increase the tempo to try and break down the Wasps defence. However, the home side demonstrated their commitment and fitness to keep Bristol from taking the lead. A number of try saving tackles coming in to stop the threatening Bears attack.

Just five minutes from the final whistle, Wasps made the game safe with an excellent flowing move from their backline. The ball eventually finding Abby Dow on the near side, who was able to win the race to the line and dot down.

Bristol got the last score of the day from Flo Long, but with time up on the clock Wasps ended their season at Twyford Avenue with a 25-17 victory.

Wasps had to absorb a lot of pressure against a very determined Bristol Bears side. The hosts demonstrated their clinical nature, making the most of their opportunities, whether from the boot of Lizzie Goulden, or scoring some scintillating tries. However, it was their defence which was most important, and will please the coaching team to see that it withstood a heavy barrage in the second half to secure the win.

The result means Wasps finish the season comfortably in fourth position in the Premier 15s this year, and will now face Saracens in the semi-finals at Allianz Park in two weeks’ time.

Key moments

3:00
Penalty Lizzie Goulden kicks a penalty for Wasps FC Ladies
20:00
Try Claudia MacDonald scores for Wasps FC Ladies
20:00
Conversion Lizzie Goulden kicks a conversion for Wasps FC Ladies
29:00
Try Abby Dow scores for Wasps FC Ladies
34:00
Try Try for Bristol Bears Women
47:00
Penalty Lizzie Goulden kicks a penalty for Wasps FC Ladies
50:00
Try Try for Bristol Bears Women
74:00
Try Abby Dow scores for Wasps FC Ladies
74:00
Conversion Lizzie Goulden kicks a conversion for Wasps FC Ladies
80:00
Try Try for Bristol Bears Women

Highlights

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80:00 Try 25 - 15
Try for Bristol Bears Women
74:00 Try 23 - 10
Abby Dow scores for Wasps FC Ladies
74:00 Conversion 25 - 10
Lizzie Goulden kicks a conversion for Wasps FC Ladies
50:00 Try 18 - 10
Try for Bristol Bears Women
47:00 Penalty 18 - 5
Lizzie Goulden kicks a penalty for Wasps FC Ladies
End of period 1
34:00 Try 15 - 5
Try for Bristol Bears Women
29:00 Try 15 - 0
Abby Dow scores for Wasps FC Ladies
20:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Lizzie Goulden kicks a conversion for Wasps FC Ladies
20:00 Try 8 - 0
Claudia MacDonald scores for Wasps FC Ladies
3:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Lizzie Goulden kicks a penalty for Wasps FC Ladies
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As it happened

  • Wasps FC Ladies
  • Bristol Bears Women
  • 0
  • Lizzie Goulden Penalty 3:00'
  • Claudia MacDonald Try 20:00'
  • Lizzie Goulden Conversion 20:00'
  • Abby Dow Try 29:00'
  • Try 34:00'
  • Lizzie Goulden Penalty 47:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Abby Dow Try 74:00'
  • Lizzie Goulden Conversion 74:00'
  • Try 80:00'

Team selection

Waterman, Danielle Waterman, Danielle
Dow, Abby Dow, Abby
Templeman, Kendall Templeman, Kendall
Alder, Kate Alder, Kate
Derk, Tova Derk, Tova
Goulden, Lizzie Goulden, Lizzie
MacDonald, Claudia MacDonald, Claudia
Crake, Liz Crake, Liz
Molloy, Claire Molloy, Claire
Mitchelson, Sarah Mitchelson, Sarah
Baltruweit, Nora Baltruweit, Nora
Sheffield, Alice Sheffield, Alice
West, Hannah West, Hannah
Cokayne, Amy Cokayne, Amy
Clark, Rocky Clark, Rocky

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Wasps FC Ladies 18 51
2. Saracens Women 7 32
3. Loughborough Lightning 7 31
4. Harlequins Ladies 8 29
5. Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 18 17
6. Bristol Bears Women 6 13
7. Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC 7 12

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