Celtic Challenge: Glasgow Warriors finish campaign winless after strong second half from Gwalia Lightning

Head coach Chris Laidlaw encouraged by progress of squad over course of tough campaign

Glasgow Warriors have made progress during this Celtic Challenge campaign despite suffering seven losses and no wins. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Glasgow Warriors have made progress during this Celtic Challenge campaign despite suffering seven losses and no wins. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

Gwalia Lightning 43

Glasgow Warriors 5

GLASGOW WARRIORS finished their Celtic Championship campaign with a seventh consecutive loss, this time away to Gwalia Lightning, leaving them 10 points adrift at the foot of the table

Tries from captain Bryonie King and Robyn Wilkins gave the hosts as 12-0 half-time lead, before Maisie Davies added a third early in the second half. Sophie Anderson got the visitors off the mark on 49 minutes, but that was as good as it got for the Scottish side, with Abbey Constable,Molly Reardon, Kate Davies and Rhod Parry all crossing the whitewash to seal a convincing win.

“We’re obviously bitterly disappointed not to have come out on the right side of the scoreboard through the campiagn, but that shouldn’t’ take away from the effort that the girls have put in, not only just today but for the duration of the programme,” said head coach Chris Laidlaw.


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“The bigger picture is that we have now exposed 36 players to this level of rugby and hopefully what we see out the back of the programme is a real spike and a drive from these players to keep growing their game, and develop on and off field, so that if this opportunity comes around again isn the future they are in a  good position too kick-on having had this experience this year.

“In terms of the game today, we felt at half-time we had done a lot of good stuff during the first half,” he added. “We’d had a lot of entries into the 22, spent a lot of time in there, but we weren’t able to convert, and not to come away with any rewards for that effort was frustrating.

“The fact that we were able to apply that much pressure was a positive, but as a group we’ve got to learn how to take opportunities to apply pressure on the scoreboard as well.

“The second half got away from us a little bit, but I can’t fault the effort and the energy from all 23 [players].

“As a staff, we are immensely proud of this group of women and the way they’ve worked around the programme, and I’m sure we will see some of these players transition into the national programme in the future, and they’ll be a hell of a lot bitterer for it having had these types of experiences.

“This is just the start of Glasgow Warriors Women and I believe we’ve laid some solid foundations we can build on in the future.”

 

Teams –

Gwalia Lightning: R Parry; C Lewis, K Webster, J De Vera, K Davies; R Wilkins, S Jones; A Constable, M Reardon, D Dinapoli, E Jones, B King, M Davies, K Jenkins, G Hopkins. Substitutes: S Waugh, M Crabb, J Scoble, A Pyrs, T Evans, K Deeks, R De Filippo, T Thurlow.

Glasgow Warriors: L MacRae; R Fraser, C McLaren, G Chicot, S Phimister; C Ainsworth, R Clarke, A Tucker, N Simpson, C Brown, S Anderson, E Williamson, H Bogan, L Winter, M Hyland. Substitutes: K Craig, D Swann, E Fleming, E Turner, A Love, I Hannay, R Douglas, C McDonald.

 

Scorers –

Gwalia Lightning: Tries: King, Wilkins, M Davies, Constable, Reardon, K Davies, Parry; Cons: Wilkins 4.

Glasgow Warriors: Try: Anderson.

Scoring sequence (Gwalia Lightning first): 5-0; 7-0; 12-0 (h-t) 17-0; 19-0; 19-5; 24-5; 29-5; 31-5; 36-5; 41-5; 43-5.


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