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Lauren Poppitt gets hat-trick as Shelford Women score half-century in win over Rugby Lionesses



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Shelford Women after their win over Rugby Lionesses. Picture: Shelford Rugby Club (54501981)
Shelford Women after their win over Rugby Lionesses. Picture: Shelford Rugby Club (54501981)

Lauren Poppitt scored a hat-trick of tries as Shelford Women won 50-0 against Rugby Lionesses in Women's NC1 East.

They suffered a difficult start as Verena Zyka went off injured after two minutes, to be replaced by Alice Griffiths.

A rising penalty count was negated by some good defensive play, and after finding their momentum in attack, Chloe Houston got the first try, which was converted by Jess Norris.

With dominance at the set piece, particularly the scrums, Poppitt got her first after a good backs move, which Norris converted.

Rugby were proving strong at the break down, so it meant that Shelford's line speed in defence was crucial.

Norris touched down the third after 32 minutes and, after second row Abbie Macmillan-Jones 20-metre break put Shelford on the front foot, prop Julia Thomas dived over for No 4.

In the second half, Shelford had more structure to their attacking play, by using their mobile forwards and strong ball carriers.

Full-back Houston started the scoring after the break, and added the conversion.

Poppitt made a break to get her second, which was converted by Katie Segrave.

After a number of phases, captain Charlotte Gisbourne put in Macmillan-Jones to charge 50m to touch down.

The scoring was completed when a move off a line-out saw Poppitt complete her hat-trick, and Segrave added the extras.

Macmillan-Jones was Shelford's players' player of the match, and Leanne Robinson was the coaches' player.

Shelford Women Nomads after their game against Bedford Blues. Picture: Shelford Rugby Club (54501979)
Shelford Women Nomads after their game against Bedford Blues. Picture: Shelford Rugby Club (54501979)

Shelford Nomads continued a series of matches against Bedford Bulls, and were beaten 31-5.

It was a promising display in which Anni Sharp touched down after a dummy step to deceive the defensive line.

Led by Caitriona Quigley, they put in a strong defensive play, with good contests at the breakdown and some big hits.

Annie Stonebridge and April D'Arcy ran some good moves in the centres, with the ball being spun out wide as they looked to use their skills and pace.

Lesley Sonnon and Sharp were named the opposition's players of the match, Shelford's player's player was Stonebridge and coaches' player was D'Arcy.

Opposition’s players: Lesley Sonnen and Annkathrin Sharp



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