December 12th, 2008
RFUW Development 20 Italy A 10
The RFUW Development team swept Italy A aside on Friday night to record a 20-10 victory at London Welsh RFC.
The development team, who in November also recorded a 32-10 win over the Combined Services, dominated territory and possession to touchdown for three tries against a dogged Italian outfit on a windy and cold evening.
Mike Barnett's side had to come from behind in the first-half after a frustrating start to the game which saw them camped in Italy's 22 for the first 20 minutes but without gaining any points. In fact it was the tourists who capitalised, turning over the ball and kicking it up-field into space before fullback Barbara Franchin secured and scored a converted try.
The English side came back fighting though and just five minutes later they were back in the reckoning with Bath fullback Darel Poole picking up the ball from the back of the ruck, to out step her opponent and then touch down in the corner. Leo Ladies' Claire Garner couldn't convert though and the hosts were left trailing 7-5 at the break.
The RFUW side continued to work hard after the restart, and continued to barrage Italy's line. They had to wait just 13 minutes before wing Jenny Edwards scored in the corner thanks to some quick ball from a maul, which also saw good work from Kim Youdan. This time Worcester's Abi Chamberlain converted to take a 12-7 lead.
Italy clawed back a penalty on 56 minutes, but a try, which saw another fierce attack in Italy's 22 and some good ball from England, helped Leo's Frances Archer seal the win on 73 minutes. Poole again converted making the final score 20-10.
Coach Barnett said: "This was our final game of the season and it has been a very worthwhile exercise. We wanted to give these players the chance to show us what they can do, and we have certainly had some players here put their hands up for England A this season.
"This was a close game on the score board, but we did dominate possession and territory. I would have liked us to have scored more tries, but we have had little time together as a squad so I think the players have done extremely well."
RFUW Development Team v Italy A
1 Laura Keates (Worcester), 2 Samantha Jamieson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 3 Tracy Balmer (Worcester), 4 Jenny Brightmore (Loughborough), 5 Frances Archer (Leo Ladies), 6 Gemma Nunnerley (Lichfield), 7 Laura Jenkins (Richmond), 8 Sian Williams (Saracens), 9 Ally Taft (Lichfield) C, 10 Claire Garner (Leo Ladies), 11 Adrienne McAlpine (Wasps), 12 Sarah McKenna (Old Albanian Saints), 13 Abi Chamberlain (Worcester), 14 Jenny Edwards (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 15 Darel Poole (Bath), Replacements: 16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield), 17 Katy Crowley (Lichfield), 18 Ali Stevens (Lichfield), 19 Clare Robinson (Loughborough), 20 Cathy Freeman (Saracens), 21 Karina Page (Old Albanian Saints), 22 Kim Youdan (Leeds Metropolitan)
Tries: Poole, Edwards, Archer
Conversions: Chamberlain, Poole
Substitutions: Youndan for Staniford (20), Stevens for Brightmore (20), Robinson for Nunnerly (46), Balmer for Crowley (62), Freeman for Chamberlain (62), Page for McAlpine (63).
1-BARATTIN SARA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 2-SPARAVIER BARBARA - Polisportiva Valledora Alpignano, 3-COSTA GAIA - Benetton Rugby Treviso
4-TEDESCHI CLAUDIA - Red & Blu Roma Rugby, 5-STEFAN LICIA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 6-ESTE MICHELA - ASD Rugby Monza 1949, 7-RENOSTO FEDERICA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 8-SANFILIPPO MARIA - Red & Blu Roma Rugby, 9-FURLAN MANUELA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 10-MARIANI ANNA - Red & Blu Roma Rugby, 11-SEVERIN FLAVIA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 12-ZUBLENA CECILIA - L'Orso Rugby Club , 13-DENICOLAO EMMA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 14-PETTINELLI SARA - Red & Blu Roma Rugby, 15-FRANCHIN BARBARA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 16-GAI LUCIA - ASD Riviera del Brenta, 17-PERON SILVIA - Benetton Rugby Treviso, 18-CIOFFI MARIA GRAZIA - US Rugby Benevento , 19-NICOLETTI DILETTA - Formiche Rugby Pesaro 20-BARBINI MARTINA - Giocatori Nazionali Rugby, 21-CUCCHIELLA ELISA - Le Lupe Rugby, 22-MOLIC CRISTINA - ASD Riviera del Brenta, 23-ZANGIROLAMI PAOLA - Giocatori Nazionali Rugby , 24-PAVONE TIZIANA - Rugby Vicenza Asd, 25-SCHIAVON VERONICA - ASD Riviera del Brenta, 26-DENZA MARIA BEATRICE - Red & Blu Roma Rugby.
Half-time score: RFUW Development 5 Italy A 7
Referee: Rebecca Patrick
Assistant Referees: Andi Ttofa and Paula Carter