Lichfield Ladies RFC 1st XV 44 Bristol Ladies RFC 3

Lichfield Ladies 1st XV kicked off their Premiership campaign looking for supremacy after the success of many of the Lichfield players away in the Nations Cup for England over the summer.

Bristol travelled up to face a squad mainly unchanged from much of last season, but there were debuts from openside flanker Kelly Douglas and second row Lucy Kirk.

The home team, sponsored by Tempest Ford, started the game with pace and determination and didn’t take long to get the first score on the board with constant pressure in the Bristol half leading to a penalty from centre Emily Scarratt.

The scores then came thick and fast due to ferocious tackling and strength in the breakdown in the forwards and pace, support and superb handling in the backs.

At half-time, the score was 30-3 with Lichfield looking the fitter side. The second half was a different story and after a break by Lichfield hooker Ollie Poore leading to a try under the posts by new player Douglas, the play was all in Lichfield’s half with constant pressure being applied by the away side.

Lichfield managed to soak up the pressure and responded with a final try by full-back Vicky Jackson. Tries were scored by flanker Kelly Douglas (1), centre Emily Scarratt (2 tries, 2 penalties and 4 conversions), fullback Vicky Jackson (1), scrum-half Ali Taft (1) and a welcome try for the return of ex-Lichfield player Vicky Mazzarella back from Saracens.

As a result of this score, Lichfield are now top of the Premiership. Their next game will be at Wasps on October 4, with their next home game at Cooke Fields on October 11 as part of a celebration of women’s rugby to raise awareness of the Women’s World Cup taking place in England in August 2010.

Anyone wanting to play the game – whatever experience – from the age of 13 upwards, please contact Lichfield Ladies on lichfieldladies@hotmail.co.uk.

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