Caernarfon RFC | Women 24 - 20 Llandaff North RFC | Women

Match Report
30 November 2016 / Team News

Caernarfron Ladies 24 - Llandaf North Ladies 20

Caernarfon, having won their league fixture against the same opponents in Cardiff a few weeks previously probably thought that this Super Cup encounter on home soil would be a mere formality. However they were soon made to think differently as the visitors were in general more cohesive and tactically astute and as a consequence the Cofis were very glad of the contribution of scrum half Jess Kavanagh Williams who almost single handed keep them on course for at least a quarter final spot.

The Cofis started brightly enough with fullback Anna Pastrana and wing Hannah Williams making inroads with ball in hand however when on the back foot the Cofi backs were not succeeding in breaking out of defence as the Llandaff North backline were quick to swamp the ball carriers.

Llandaff North were gaining in confidence and consequently forward momentum and it was no more than they deserved when snipping scrum half Amy Day broke from the back of a series of successful rucks  to open the scoring with fifteen minutes played.

Their lead was however short lived as from a turnover within the Llandaff North half, Jess Kavanagh Williams picked up and outpaced all the cover to score beneath the sticks and with her successful conversion edged the Cofis ahead. The visitors were soon back on the attack but the tackling of centre Elin Royle was of paramount importance to the Cofi cause as her competitive nature ensured that a number of promising Llandaff North breaks were curtailed short of the danger zone. On securing one turnover ball she was able to release standoff Iona Evans who deftly freed winger Claire Wright to break clear on the half hour to extend the Cofi lead to nine points with yet another Kavanagh Williams conversion.

Caernarfon through their complacency nearly rued the inability to consolidate and ensure an extended winning margin for Llandaff North kept probing and were adept at recycling far quicker than their opponents. A series of drives close to the line finally saw prop Nia Jones receive the final pass to cross the whitewash  and give the visitors added impetuous to mount a strong second half challenge.

The score board ticked over quickly at the beginning of the second half, firstly a pick up from the base of the scrum by hard working stalwart Rachel Taylor drew the cover enough to release Jess Kavanagh Williams once again to sprint clear and score. However within minutes ex Caernarfon player Morfydd Ifans found herself in space and on cutting back inside found deceptive playmaker Becky Newton at hand to charge over and reduce the lead to four points once again. Newton with fellow mid field pair Meg O'Sullivan and Karen Davies needed constant shepherding with the tackling of Cofi captain Emma Edwards of significant value in preventing some of their charges. The game ebbed and flowed and with Llandaff limited to fourteen, following an injury, others stepped up to the task, none more so than second row pairing Ffion Evans and Louise Cox.

With thirty two minutes played the quick thinking of Jess Kavanagh Williams again benefited the Cofi cause as she took a quick tap and set off on a forty metre dash and although brought to ground just short, wing Hannah Williams was at hand to collect the pop up to score in the corner.

The visitors however kept plugging away with Beth Kenure vocal within the committed forward campaign and they ensured a few final tense minutes for the Cofis after another series of drives and good inter-passing led to a second try for loose head Nia Jones.

Caernarfon will need to hone and instil a harder edge to their game to proceed further in the competition, a task that is within their grasp if armed with a full squad whilst Llandaff North will be a major handful for those that they are due to meet in Plate competition.  

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