Bonus point victory for Bombettes
12:01pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
BARRY BOMBETTES 24pts
DESPITE taking their foot off the pedal and conceding two tries in the later stages, the Barry women's rugby team - Bombettes - had enough in hand to secure this bonus point home win.
After the fixture at Tylorstown had been played in heavy rain, the Reservoir Field clash brought bright conditions, with Bombettes welcoming back Britton (wing) and Helmore (second row).
The home side used their powerful forwards to make constant inroads into the Tylor defence and a new front row of Horne, Hill and Cahill and fresh back row combination of Perry, Husk and No 8 Yapp carried the ball strongly. Scrum-half Shanahan used her sniping skills to good effect and, when required, also her power. No 10 Williams kicked intelligently to keep the visiting defence on their toes.
Shanahan, Cahill, captain Jones, O'Neill and Binnie made good runs deep into the Tylor half but several planned moves by the backs misfired.
Showing what a good acquisition she is, Perry, with impressive strength, broke from her own half and powered through two would-be tackles for an impressive try.
With Husk winning some important line out ball, Bombettes turned the screw and, from a solid scrum, a blindside overlap was exploited brilliantly by the home backs for Britton to power over for her first try.
With Bombettes leading 10-0 going into the second half, the visitors used intelligent kicks to pressurise the home defence, but reliable O'Neill stood up to the challenge. A word of warning, though, a bouncing rugby ball is unpredictable!
When an injured Horne was replaced by Ka Jones in the front row, the visitors came back into the game with an unconverted try .
However, Barry held strong and, with right wing Day-Smith having a strong game, they produced their best passing phase when it was needed the most. From strong forward play, initiated by Garner-Joel stealing the ball, Shanahan took on the defence and quick and resourceful use of the ball by captain Jones and Williams allowed Binnie the space to cross near the posts for a converted try.
Perry, Helmore, Ka Jones and the home forwards continued to drive into the visiting defence and, with no quarter given or asked, a suspicious dump tackle on Hill caused a groan from the sidelines and a break in play. All were relieved to see Hill dust herself off and continue although she was later replaced by Phillips.
Bombettes scored the killer try when, after some lovely offloads in the tackle by both forwards and backs, Shanahan broke away and, with ‘constructive advice’ in her ears, touched down behind the posts. Skipper Jones added the extras.
With McCarthy replacing Helmore to provide stability to the scrum, Barry eased off and Tylorstown, to their credit, continued to attack and scored two unconverted tries.
Team: O’Neil, Day-Smith, Binnie, K Jones (capt), Britton, Williams, Shanahan, Yapp, Husk, Perry, Garner-Joel, Helmore, Cahill, Hill and Horne. Super subs: Phillips, Ka Jones, and McCarthy.
Barry woman of the match - Perry; Tylorstown chose Cahill.
Management congratulated the Bombettes on a good team performance and well deserved victory. A spokesman said: "However, we must guard against switching off because, when the Bombettes play at full power for the whole80 minutes, they will put many a team to the sword."
The team wish a speedy recovery to Horne, and many thanks to Chris‘The Chef’ for the lovely food.
Bombettes' next match is away to Maesteg Celtic this Sunday, October 27; kick-off 2.30pm.