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Your News Woodbridge Amazons 5 - Portsmouth Ladies 8

The game started the way it was to continue - with a penalty to Portsmouth. Their excellent Australian fly half Syndee Storey found touch and from the throw in the Amazon scrum pushed well, as usual, and it wasnt long before the hosts were in their guests half. This was not to last. Portsmouths competent scrum half, Charlotte Morgan eventually broke for her effective scrum to push over but the ball was held up. After a scrappy follow up scrum they exploited some careless defending of a difficult bouncing ball for Storey to score. The Amazons continued to give away far too many penalties and their handling was unsure but Lou Rickard eventually linked with her strong mauling pack to hand-off at speed and put Emma Johnson over after 20 mins.


Portsmouth continued to defend well and pressurised a flustered Amazons in the second half. Like last week against Wimbledon the hosts passing was still not at its best and their breaks lacked threat. After a strong series of rucks and mauls Portsmouths Charmain Williams kicked the winning 3 penalty pts. The final moments of the game were frustrating with several good efforts, particularly Rickards kicks and chases and Emma Johnsons darting sprints, but the visitors were too good on the day and merit respect for the next leg (when Storey will have returned to Australia).


Woodbridge Amazons: 1 Paula French, 2 Beth Kinlan, 3 Deb Dumbill, 4 Ali Hale, 5 Karen Fletcher, 6 Sarah Jay, 7 Alice Reidy, 8 Stephanie Cotton, 9 Georgina Whitfield, 10 Jess Wright, 11 Michaela Woodley , 12 Lou Rickard (Capt), 13 Titila Maharaj, 14 Amy Smith, 15 Emma Johnson.

Portsmouth: 1 Diana Bird, 2 Melissa Hepworth, 3 Catherine Whitely, 4 Lesley Harden, 5 Suzanne Bull, 6 Pauline French, 7 Sarah Clarke, 8 Karen Honeygold, 9 Charlotte Morgan, 10 Syndee Storey, 11 Marie Hallam, 12 Charmian Williams, 13 Erin Fulford, 14 Jill Kempton, 15 Mandy Mitchel, 16 Claire Parker.

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