SWRFC make it back to back doubles

By Dave Dow | 21/05/2018

  • Swansea Women's RFC claim Super Cup
  • Back to back League and Cup double is achieved
  • Invincible season ends with defence of Super Cup title

Swansea Women's RFC have rounded off a superb season by defending their Super Cup title against old rivals Caernarfon WRFC at the Bridge Field, Bedwas.

Dominating all areas of the game, Swansea never took their foot off the gas from Beth Preece's early three pointer to Natalia John's storming late try.

Emma Hennessy crossed early on for Swansea, followed by Kelly Tombs, Preece converting the latter for a 15 - 6 lead. A penalty try through the efforts and coordination of the pack made it 22 - 6 at half time with Lowri Norkett just held up over the line toward the end of the first period.

Last year's final was a close affair, with a strong fightback from 'The Cofis' but this year Siwan and her team refused to allow Caernarfon to settle into their game. Once they had got across the tryline, the response was tries by Amy Price and Robyn Lock (converted by Sasha Bailey) as The Whites started moving the ball swiftly across the width of the pitch.

As Swansea continued the high tempo in sappingly hot conditions, the reward was two late tries from Meg Griffiths (converted by Sasha Bailey) and finally from Natalia John after Amy Thomas had powered through the Caernarfon defence. Caernarfon fought on desperately and crossed for a converted try just prior to Swansea and Natalia John's final flourish.

The Swansea team have gone one better than last season by winning every league game, scoring at least four tries per game and finally, by defending their Super Cup title on a blistering hot day at Bedwas, in a style that confirms their status as the best Women's rugby club side in Wales. Club Chairman Stephen Hughes said afterwards that he was pleased they had played to the whistle and shown a ruthless streak in keeping a talented Caernarfon side at bay. Swansea skipper Siwan Lillicrap expressed her satisfaction at the implementation of the game plan and assured supporters that they hoped to raise the bar further next season. There is much more to come from this gifted side.

The team and all at the club would also like to say a big thank you to Nick Edwards, Alyn Lake, and Dafydd Howells for their coaching support and commitment to the team, and we wish you all the best on your next rugby ventures and hope to see you back in the stand as supporters next season!

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