Blues v Dragons
Despite the pouring rain, the final day of regional games in the women’s tournament kicked of with the undefeated Blues taking on the Dragons.
Dragon were the first to score, at 19 minutes, driving over the line to score their first try. A good conversion made the score Blues 0, Dragons 7.
The weather made it difficult for either team to gain momentum – at 31 minutes, the Blues won their line out in the Dragons 22, and a penalty led to to a Blues scrum, and a break from no. 15 looked like Blues were going to strike back, but a knock on left the score unchanged.
The second score of the match went to the Dragons, in injury time of the first half. Scrappy play led to a penalty for the Dragons, and the half ended Blues 0, Dragons 10.
Dragons continued with their dominance of the score board in the second half, gaining a second try 14 minutes in, after they stole the ball from the Blues, putting the Dragons ahead by 17 point to 0.
Despite numerous attempts, the Blues weren’t able to get on the score board until the final minutes of the match. A penalties for the Blues saw their scrum half make a quick tap-and-go, before the forwards drove on towards the line. After a few phases, earning penalties, Blues gained the advantage after Dragons no. 8 was sin binned, and managed to score their first points of the match, bringing the final score to Blues 5, Dragons 17.
Ospreys v Scarlets
The rain continued as the second match of the afternoon kicked off, with Ospreys looking to earn their first win of the tournament, over the Scarlets.
Ospreys showed their intentions straight away, with a commanding passage of play, stealing a Scarlets line out, and the forwards driving the Scarlets back towards their try line. Some quick passing saw Ospreys no.15 looking for the overlap, and almost making it to the try line, but the ball was held up. Minutes later though, the Ospreys earned a penalty, making the first score of the game Ospreys 3, Scarlets 0.
14 minutes into the first half, and the Scarlets struck back to claim the first try of the match. The Scarlets made it into the Ospreys 22, and despite a knock on giving Ospreys the scrum, they were penalised for holding on, and the Scarlets were able to drive over the line from the scrum, giving them the lead over the Ospreys. A missed conversion put the score at Ospreys 3, Scarlets 5.
Less than 10 minutes later, the Ospreys regained their 3 point lead over the Scarlets, after sending the ball wide, and no. 14 securing the try in the corner. Though they missed the conversion, Ospreys were ahead, 8 points to 5, and the score remained unchanged at the end of the half.
The second half was a slow affair, with both teams tired and plagued with injuries. 6 minutes into the second half, Ospreys looked like they were about to increase their lead, after winning a scrum in the Scarlets 22, but an unlucky chip from the Ospreys bounced straight into the hands of the Scarlets.
At 43 minutes, into injury time in the last minutes of the game, a great break from Scarlets no. 15 looked like they were going to earn a win over the Ospreys, but a chip too far put possession back into the hands of the Ospreys. For the last minutes of the match, Scarlets camped out in the Ospreys 22, but in the end, were unable to secure a try. They game ended Ospreys 8, Scarlets 5, giving the Ospreys their only win of the tournament.
Check out our photos from the matches here.