Fox on the prowl to snatch two tries
9:02am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
MAESTEG CELTIC 3pts
BARRY BOMBETTES 24
PRODUCING an excellent defensive display, the Barry women's rugby team - Bombettes - stopped the home side crossing their line and secured another bonus point victory with a late try.
Opening brightly, Bombettes looked to get the ball out wide, but, unfortunately, having created overlaps, the final pass was frustratingly either knocked on or didn’t quite reach the player.
The Barry pack was awesome in the scrums and created quality ball for the backs and, following five minutes of sustained pressure midway through the first half, the breakthrough came when the ball was moved through the backs for centre Fox to touch down.
From the restart, Helmore took another difficult ball and charged into the home defence, but, when Maesteg countered, Bombettes infringed and the home side opted for an easy penalty.
Taking the game by the scruff of the neck with the advantage of their forward platform, the visitors pinned Maesteg back in their 22. The ball was moved brilliantly by the backs to the right wing where Day-Smith and O’Neill showed great continuity and support play to set up another attacking ruck. Following a cross field run to break through a dazed defence, skipper Jones powered over and duly converted her own try.
Prior to the interval, with Barry leading 3-12, No 6 Perry made a couple of telling breaks to keep the pressure on Maesteg and full-back O'Neill countered superbly at every opportunity.
Maesteg then enjoyed their best phase, with the Barry defence and, in particular, the pack again turning over home ball.
With the elements now in their favour, Barry started the second half strongly, with the backs combining well and training moves between Williams, Fox and Jones paying dividends. The handling was, at times, sublime considering the conditions. Barry, however, were kept on their toes and were indebted to No 9 Shanahan for a try-saving tackle deep in her 22 and Jones who was playing a captain's game in both defence and attack.
The referee was slightly harsh in some of his interpretations of the five-second ‘use it or lose it rule’ and in the breakdown area, but Barry must learn not to question such decisions.
Bombettes used their bench to good effect, with Hill being replaced at hooker by Phillips, and the dominance of the Barry scrum was maintained. Helmore, who had left everything on the pitch, was replaced by Coleman in the boilerhouse.
Cahill and Garner-Joel were involved in good drives as Bombettes looked to seal victory and, from a solid scrum, the ball was shipped left and a great inter-change of passes between Binnie and Jones made 30 metres.
Following a sustained period of sustained pressure deep in the home 22 and good work by Yapp and the forwards, Shanahan started the move leading to the killer try. Garner-Joel off loaded to Binnie who, after being tackled just short, found the former supporting brilliantly and then finding Fox to power over for her second try. Jones converted majestically.
Bombettes used further substitutions to provide fresh legs, with McCarthy replacing Ka Jones in the front row and wingers Britton and Rees coming on for the excellent Binnie and Day-Smith.
Just when it looked as if Bombettes had missed out on a bonus point, they struck. From a solid scrum, Barry turned over home ball and pounded the try line and the reliable Shanahan, Garner-Joel and Fox were involved before Britton forced her way over the whitewash.
Bombettes: O’Neil, Day-Smith, K Jones (c), Fox, Binnie, Williams, Shanahan, Yapp, Husk, Perry, Garner-Joel, Hellmore, Cahill, Hill and Ka Jones. Super subs: Phillips, Coleman, Britton, McCarthy, Rees and Bannister.
Barry woman of the match - Fox; Maesteg chose Shanahan.
The management would like to congratulate the whole team for an excellent performance and a superb victory. The bonus point victory was due reward for the performance.
Bombettes' next match is home to local rivals Sea View on Sunday, November 3; kick-off 2.30pm.