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Match Report
15 May 2017 / Team News

Caernarfon ladies 17. Swansea Ladies 37.


This final league encounter of the season was very keenly contested with Swansea having a little more in the tank during the final quarter to draw clear and consolidate their position as league champions for the season. Next week the sides are due to meet again in the Super cup Final and if both teams can obtain the services of their first choice players then the crowd at Bedwas should be in for a treat.

Jess Kavanagh Williams set the all out attack trend early on but was halted by an excellent tackle from full back Rosie Fletcher. Swansea when in possession fed the ball wide where space was available but during the opening minutes the passing wasn't quite crisp enough to trouble the Cofis unduly.

After some ten minutes standoff Kerin Lake looked to offload but fooled the opposition and strolled through the cover to open the scoring. Caernarfon regrouped quickly and the forwards kept driving on with ball in hand reasonably effective but not always able to recycle quickly enough to trouble the organised Swansea rearguard. However with twenty five minutes played another rumble close to the Swansea line saw Gwenllian Pyrs pick up, and with low trajectory, she succeeded to squeeze over the try line.  A few minutes later Caernarfon gained the lead when excellent support play was rewarded. Centre Elen Evans made the initial break through mid field followed by Jess Kavanagh Williams who fed Rachel Taylor who in turn fed Bethan Davies who finished off a good move by running in behind the posts and adding the conversion.

The pace and power of many on display was impressive, Siwan Lillicrap made one telling break as did impressive and athletic second row Amy Thomas. The formers incursion led to a series of close quarter drives that finally saw Kerin Lake spin and score to bring the first half to a close with the Cofis two points ahead.

The lead was not to last long, as from the restart Swansea again pressurised and Lake, who fumbled the ball originally, re-gathered and wriggled free to score her hat-trick. Siwan Lillicrap also added the conversion.       

Caernarfon responded once more with Elen Evans yet again with the initial charge and Gwenllian Pyrs taking it on further. The third pick up and drive from the base of the ruck was afforded to Rachel Taylor and she drove with determination to cross the whitewash.

The element of surprise then out did the Cofis as centre Adi Tavener took a quick tap penalty and found fellow centre Ffion Bowen in close support to charge over. Later, with sixty minutes played, up popped Kerin Lake once again to squeeze over despite an excellent attempted tackle by Iona Evans.   

With the hard surface and full on tackling taking its toll, together with the knowledge that a larger prize would be at steak next week,  a stream of replacements entered the fray. Jenny Davies featured prominently for the Cofis during the closing stages but the spoils went Swansea's way  as another Amy Thomas charge released full back Rosie Fletcher who's 40 meter touch line run took her to the try line. The afternoon's scoring then came to an end when another constant recycling and defence stretching move led to winger Robyn Lock squeezing in by the corner flag.  

Many congratulations to Swansea on the manner of their victory and for the sportsmanship shown throughout. Likewise congratulations on securing the League champions status. They will surely be favourites to secure the Cup next week but the Cofis can take heart from knowing that one Cup has already headed North this  season.

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