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Lauren Poppitt and Rose Bradshaw are at the double for Shelford Women against West Norfolk Warriors



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Shelford Women after their win over West Norfolk Warriors. Picture: Juliette Beunat (53844517)
Shelford Women after their win over West Norfolk Warriors. Picture: Juliette Beunat (53844517)

Lauren Poppitt and Rose Bradshaw scored two tries apiece as leaders Shelford Women won 62-0 against West Norfolk Warriors in Women’s NC1 East.

It was their reactiveness and speed in attacking play that was the foundation for a fifth win in a row, with 20 tries.

The team had a number of changes and took their time to settle, but the forwards soon exerted their authority on the match.

No 8 Bradshaw got the first try, which was converted by Jess Norris, and winger Poppitt soon had her first try.

Shelford were making ground by getting clean ball at scrums and line-outs, with Norris’ kicking helping them gain territory.

Poppitt gathered a clearing kick from West Norfolk to run it back from 60m out for her second try, with Norris adding the extras.

Strong scrummaging from Fabia Howell and Julia Thomasz in the front row led to scrum-half Millie Rose running in to make it 24-0 at half time.

After the break, flankers Abbie Macmillan-Jones and Charlotte Gisbourne were making a nuisance of themselves at the breakdown to thwart West Norfolk and secure a number of turnovers.

Shelford switched play from one side of the pitch to the other for second row Niamh Finlayson to get the first try of the second half.

Gisbourne gathered a loose ball to score under the posts, and Norris converted to make it 36-0.

The hosts then pulled clear in the final quarter.

A quick tap-and-go penalty by Gisbourne set up Bradshaw to get her second try.

With their dominance at the breakdown, Macmillan-Jones went to No 8 and picked up from the base of a scrum to touch down, with Katie Segrave landing the extras.

The strength of the scrum was demonstrated again to put Shelford on the front foot for Norris to score and convert her own try.

Prop Howell broke through from 40m out to touch down, and full-back Chloe Houston rounded off the scoring by breaking clear on the wing to dot down under the posts.

Rose was named players’ player of the match, Gisbourne was the coaches’ player and Houston was the president’s pick.



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