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Topsham Ladies
Chard Ladies
E Owen, L Harris (2), C Howard, A Webb, R Partridge (3), M Coombes
Tries
A Webb (3)
Conversions
Sun 10 Feb 14:30 - RFUW Championship - Women's NC South West South 2 (1) Full time

Topsham Ladies v Chard Ladies 10-02-19

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Topsham push further ahead at the top of the table after beating Chard 51-15

Topsham Ladies proved why they’re top of the table with an emphatic 51-15 win over Chard this weekend. Running in 9 tries, 7 in the first half, the women showed how much they wanted the win after drawing their previous encounter with the opposition in January.

Chard didn’t even have time to take a breath from kick off when Meg Coombes plucked the ball out of the air and cut her way though the opposition, opening up the defence with ease and allowing a sublime series of offloads to release Emily Owen who had the finishing pace to score within the first minute.

Two minutes later a similar pattern of play and smart organisation by the home side saw Laura Harris, playing out of position, at front row, charge through the gain line and score under the posts. With a comfortable 14-0 lead, Topsham looked to set their composure and control the game by maintaining the majority of the possession. Which they did in style, showing some of the best rugby the crowd had seen them play all season.

Fifteen minutes in and it was the back’s opportunity to turn the screw. Chiefs academy player, Chelsea Howard, created her own space with a cheeky run out wide to score, followed 4 mintues later by the points hoarder of the season, Rebecca Partridge. Fly half Ann Webb already had 2 conversions to her name but finished off a great passage of play to take the try count to 5 after just 20 minutes of play.

Partridge and Harris added 2 further tries to the tally taking the home sides points to 41 but Chard weren’t to be silenced. Given the score, they could’ve dropped their heads but instead showed tenacity in the scrum and after the forwards drove several, well fought breakdowns over the gain line, flanker Laura Jenkins touched down just inside the second half.

The second half was to be a totally different affair. Partridge achieved her hatrick with a trademark dash around the outside and Coombes powered her way over the line with 10 minutes to play. However, Topsham’s women sat back for the majority and despite keeping up the tempo and maintaining their defence against a very physical opposition, lost some of their composure. Chard exploited this lapse in concentration and twice went over the line, both times after a series of penalties from Topsham. The second half saw the two teams draw 10-10; a completely different show from the first half, giving the topsham team something to consider before going into the next league fixture against Minehead in a fortnight. Despite this though, the team performed superbly and Tasha Currie proved why she’s essential in the 7 shirt by selflessly taking out the chard number 10 at every opportunity! Captain Corinne Walsh also put in a great show at 12, running strong lines drawing the defence in number to create space out wide, both players received the play of the match honours alongside Laura Harris who yet again proved her strength and versatility in the scrum and helped the team start with the confidence they so desperately needed against such a physically strong opposition.

Chard should be commended for their passion and grit. The scoreline at half time could easily destroy a team’s spirit but they weren’t to be defeated and their character and determination showed in the second half. A real credit to their club.

Topsham are nearing the end of the league season, with 3 games left to play, however they continue to recruit but new and experienced players as they work towards promotion. Contact topshamladiesrugby@gmail.com for details.

Corinne Walsh

Player of the Match

Corinne Walsh
Tasha Currie

Player of the Match

Tasha Currie
Laura Harris

Player of the Match

Laura Harris

Key moments

1:00
Try Emily Owen scores for Topsham Ladies
1:01
Conversion Ann Webb kicks a conversion for Topsham Ladies
3:00
Try Laura Harris scores for Topsham Ladies
3:01
Conversion Ann Webb kicks a conversion for Topsham Ladies
15:00
Try Chelsea Howard scores for Topsham Ladies
19:00
Try Rebecca Partridge scores for Topsham Ladies
20:00
Try Ann Webb scores for Topsham Ladies
20:01
Conversion Ann Webb kicks a conversion for Topsham Ladies
26:00
Try Rebecca Partridge scores for Topsham Ladies
30:00
Try Laura Harris scores for Topsham Ladies
50:00
Try Rebecca Partridge scores for Topsham Ladies
65:00
Try Megan Coombes scores for Topsham Ladies

Highlights

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70:00 Player of the Match
Corinne Walsh is awarded player of the match for Topsham Ladies
70:00 Player of the Match
Tasha Currie is awarded player of the match for Topsham Ladies
70:00 Player of the Match
Laura Harris is awarded player of the match for Topsham Ladies
65:00 Try 51 - 0
Megan Coombes scores for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Sub Off
Nicola Lonsdale is substituted off for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Sub On
Katie Lunnon is substituted on for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Sub Off
Ella Lytton is substituted off for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Sub On
Rachelle Mc Kinney is substituted on for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Sub Off
Sophie Jones is substituted off for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Sub On
Kirstie Knight is substituted on for Topsham Ladies
50:00 Try 46 - 0
Rebecca Partridge scores for Topsham Ladies
End of period 1
30:00 Sub On
Aimee Hunter is substituted on for Topsham Ladies
30:00 Try 41 - 0
Laura Harris scores for Topsham Ladies
30:00 Sub On
Holly Feller is substituted on for Topsham Ladies
30:00 Sub Off
Sara Zonneveld is substituted off for Topsham Ladies
30:00 Sub Off
Emily Owen is substituted off for Topsham Ladies
26:00 Try 36 - 0
Rebecca Partridge scores for Topsham Ladies
20:01 Conversion 31 - 0
Ann Webb kicks a conversion for Topsham Ladies
20:00 Try 29 - 0
Ann Webb scores for Topsham Ladies
19:00 Try 24 - 0
Rebecca Partridge scores for Topsham Ladies
15:00 Try 19 - 0
Chelsea Howard scores for Topsham Ladies
3:01 Conversion 14 - 0
Ann Webb kicks a conversion for Topsham Ladies
3:00 Try 12 - 0
Laura Harris scores for Topsham Ladies
1:01 Conversion 7 - 0
Ann Webb kicks a conversion for Topsham Ladies
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Emily Owen scores for Topsham Ladies
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As it happened

  • Topsham Ladies
  • Chard Ladies
  • 0
  • Emily Owen Try 1:00'
  • Ann Webb Conversion 1:01'
  • Laura Harris Try 3:00'
  • Ann Webb Conversion 3:01'
  • Chelsea Howard Try 15:00'
  • Rebecca Partridge Try 19:00'
  • Ann Webb Try 20:00'
  • Ann Webb Conversion 20:01'
  • Rebecca Partridge Try 26:00'
  • Holly Feller Sub On 30:00'
  • Aimee Hunter Sub On 30:00'
  • Emily Owen Sub Off 30:00'
  • Sara Zonneveld Sub Off 30:00'
  • Laura Harris Try 30:00'
  • Kirstie Knight Sub On 50:00'
  • Sophie Jones Sub Off 50:00'
  • Rachelle Mc Kinney Sub On 50:00'
  • Ella Lytton Sub Off 50:00'
  • Katie Lunnon Sub On 50:00'
  • Nicola Lonsdale Sub Off 50:00'
  • Rebecca Partridge Try 50:00'
  • Megan Coombes Try 65:00'

Team selection

Partridge, Rebecca Partridge, Rebecca
Lytton, Ella Lytton, Ella
Howard, Chelsea Howard, Chelsea
Walsh, Corinne Walsh, Corinne
Harvey, Charlotte Harvey, Charlotte
Webb, Ann Webb, Ann
Pollard, Suzanne Pollard, Suzanne
Wallis, Jade Wallis, Jade
Currie, Tasha Currie, Tasha
Lonsdale, Nicola Lonsdale, Nicola
Zonneveld, Sara Zonneveld, Sara
Owen, Emily Owen, Emily
Harris, Laura Harris, Laura
Jones, Sophie Jones, Sophie
Coombes, Megan Coombes, Megan

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Topsham Ladies 12 47
2. Minehead Barbarians Ladies 12 37
3. Withycombe Ladies 12 37
4. Bideford Ladies 12 35
5. Chard Ladies 12 31
6. Totnes Ladies 12 28
7. Winscombe Ladies 12 14

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