Bristol Continue Their Unbeaten Run

Richmond Women run league leaders close

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016 09:22pm
North Richmond, Richmond upon Thames London Boro
By Sian Hobday
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Richmond Women run league leaders Bristol close with a try bonus point performance


Richmond Women faced Bristol Ladies in a thrilling encounter, which saw last year’s champions take the game to the current table leaders.  

Despite leading at half time, Richmond were unable to hold on but kept fighting to the end and scored the final try of the game, 33-27.  

The home side got off to a shaky start conceding multiple penalties early on. The ref stamped his authority on the game and sent Abi Chamberlain to the bin for creeping off side in the first 10minutes.  

Richmond used their excellent lineout to good effect and worked their way into Bristol’s half. Bristol were next to concede a string of penalties and scrum half Lynne Cantwell took a quick tap, catching some forwards off guard and Bristol Captain Amelia Buckland-Harry saw yellow for not being back 10 metres.  

Bristol looked to unleash their powerful runners and Sarah Bern was first to get on the score sheet, getting in behind the defence, and the Richmond side couldn’t stop her pace and strength. The try was converted, resulting in an early 7-0 lead.  

Shaken into action, Richmond regrouped and just as they came back up to 15 players, Marlie Packer was sin binned leaving Bristol with just 13. Playing tactically at the next scrum, the unstoppable force of Alex Matthews picked off the base at 8 and steam rolled her way to the try line to make it 7-5. 

Running with confidence and showing their dynamism, the forward pack went on another rampage as Matthews broke the Bristol line, putting Richmond on the front foot. Ro Burnfield got her hands on the ball and crashed over the whitewash to get the second try of the day.  

The lineout continued to be a strong attacking platform resulting in another try from a catch and drive. The home side went in at half time leading 15-7.  

Bristol started the half strongly when Taz Bricknell dived over to score a try, converted by Claire Molloy.  

Molloy then made another line break deep in Richmond’s 22 and she converted her own try to take the lead, 22-15 

Another two tries in quick succession proved why Bristol have earned their place at the top of the table and Richmond suddenly found themselves trailing 33-15. 

Not giving up without a fight, Alex Matthews was once again a thorn in Bristol’s side as she broke through several defenders and carried a few with her over the try line. Abi Chamberlain converted, bringing the score to 22-33. 

It was a fight to the end as the clock ticked on, with the home side determined to get more points on the board and try to nudge a win. The opportunity came when Bristol had a 3rd yellow card as Sasha Acheson kicked the ball away from a Richmond penalty. Richmond opted for the lineout and the dominant drive marched Bristol back. Captain Emma Croker dotted the ball down for an unconverted try, 27-33, making it all to play for in the last few minutes.  

Time ran out for Richmond as they launched another wave of attack, and the final score stood at 27-33. Richmond came away with two points and they now sit 6th in the table as Bristol continue their unbeaten run and remain top.  

The 2nd Richmond team also played at the Athletic Ground against Henley and earned their first win of the season 17-15. 




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