Stylish Swansea claim women's crown

By Eifion Harding - WRU | 11/04/2018

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Caernarfon, who took to the field without a number of experienced regulars, found the going tough against a well drilled, confident and competent Swansea outfit.

The 53-0 victory ensured that the All Whites would be deservedly crowned Premiership champions once again.

Relentless pressure was exerted from the off with Caernarfon fortunate of Greta Jâms's intervention to prevent an early score. Second row Sarah Williams also tackled effectively but international centre Kerin Lake eventually broke the deadlock when finding a gap and sprinting all of 40m to the line after eight minutes.

The Cofis attempted to get back into contention but Swansea remained composed and when with ball in hand they attacked at pace and always had support players in space. An example was seen within a few minutes when good interplay finally saw Natalia John collect on the inside to score out wide. Sasha Bailey added the conversion to open a 12-point gap.

 (Image: Courtesy Chris Wright - Omega Photography)

Caernarfon captain Brea Leung led by example and Claire Wright out in an unaccustomed midfield role adapted well. It was also pleasing to see the development and contribution of young Catrin Williams in the boiler house whilst Elin Royle was her usual busy presence.

The contribution of Swansea's Siwan Lillicrap as a go forward presence was constantly effective and although she didn't cross the try line herself she presented prop Bethan Rickard, who had done well to remain in support, with an added five pointer.

(Image: Courtesy Chris Wright - Omega Photography)

Caernarfon full back Bethan Davies did well to vary the play with the chip over the defence working well but the swift Swansea cover always got back to snuff out any clear cut opening.

Then as half time was looming Lake once again broke free and motored swiftly and gracefully to the try line to give Bailey another fairly easy conversion.

With the slope favouring Swansea in the second half it was expected that Caernarfon would find the going difficult and so it proved, as Bailey, who had performed most admirably, beat the cover on the outside to score out wide within the opening minute.

Swansea's adopted Gog, Cara Hope, was also a thorn in her old club mate's side being very apparent in open play, with one fine angled run seeing her cross the try line but not succeeding to ground to the satisfaction of the referee. However the constant pressure was beginning to tell on the Cofis and soon one forward surge, led by Lillicrap, brought the visitors to within inches of the try line with flanker Hannah Jones the picking up and crashing over.

The Hope-Lake combination then freed wing Lowri Norkett who had a clear run in from 20m to score in the corner. Sadly for the Cofis there followed a try straight from the restart when Natalia John was at hand to collect the final pass and evade would be tacklers to charge over.

Then as tiredness was taking hold Robyn Lock also succeeded to break free and have the pace to ground successfully between the sticks. The final contribution was the successful Bailey conversion, who had also previously added the extras to Natalia John's try.

By Eifion Harding (Courtesy WRU)

(Image: Courtesy Chris Wright - Omega Photography)

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