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WATERLOO players Beth Stott and Danielle Wiseman accounted for all the North’s Divisional Women’s Senior squad points when they met London & South East at Luton, but there effort could not prevent them from going down 33-13.

A 20-19 opening defeat by the South West at Longton was followed by a 34-22 win over the Midlands at Lymm, but hopes that the Northern team might build on that success were unfulfilled against a strong London side.

“The three games have shown that the North has real potential to improve and that all the players have brought into the programme and developed as a result.” said Rob Thomson, the RFUW’s North Divisional Talent Development Officer: “We now have a standard by which to be measured and it is up to the coaches and players to see if we can all develop.

“The North gave everything on the day but were edged out by a good team. However, this has given the players a taste of what the divisional programme is about and whetted their appetite for revenge next season.”

At Luton the first-half was an evenly-fought contest with good play from both teams and turnovers adding to the spectacle. Fly-half Beth Stott (Waterloo) landed two penalties after the home side had taken the lead with a try, but London made it 10-6 at half-time with their second try.

The North then regained the lead with a superb try from centre Wiseman, with Stott adding the conversion, but the home side then used their bench to good effect when Emily Scott scored with her first touch as she ran through a tiring North defence.

The home side then took control of proceedings to run in a couple of more tries and leave them comfortable winners.

North Senior Women (v London & SE at Luton): Meadhbh Westwood (Eccleshall); Ruth Laybourne (Leodiensian), Amy Phillips (MMU Cheshire), Danielle Wiseman (Waterloo Ladies); Jen Edwards (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks); Bethany Stott (Leodiensian), Philippa Bell (Carlisle), Steph Veal (Waterloo), Rachael Thomas (Waterloo Ladies), Charlotte Evans (Sheffield Ladies), Sophie Spence (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Lucy Brook (Rossendale Ladies), Corinne Allmark (Waterloo), Jenny Evans (Vale of Lune), Hannah Batty (Leodiensian) capt

Replacements: Alessandra Lewis (Waterloo), Rchael Broadhurst (Birkenhead Park), Bridget Mills (Waterloo), Cara Pendleton (Waterloo), Lisa Wakefield (Novocastrians), Heike Niemand (Leeds Uni/Leodiensians).

The North Under 18 Women’s side also played their London & SE counterparts and were given a smart reminder of how tough rugby can be at representative level when they were beaten 32–0.

The Northern girls played some good attacking rugby, but were unable to break down a stubborn defence. Despite the scoreline the team improved through the game and now have one game left when they play the South West at Hartpury College on April 17.

“The Under 18s are developing the whole time and they will improve the more they play at this level and hopefully will take the good form back to their clubs for the rest of the season.” said Rob Thomson: “They will all be hoping to catch the eye and make it to the Under 18 Talent development Camp in August and some may earn a nomination to the England U20 trials in May.”

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