Hearn aims to chase down high-flying Glamorgan

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Captain Lizzie Hearn is incredibly pleased with the form of Swansea University women’s rugby team after five straight wins in all competitions.

 Swansea are second in the Bucs western 1A division after five league games winning four of the five.

Hearn said: “The girls this year are showing a lot of determination which is really paying off on the field.

Women’s rugby has grown in popularity this year and Hearn is pleased with the interest being shown.

She said: “We have more girls than we have ever had in the squad, and we are enjoying some good performances.”

The women’s team have continued their strong league run from last year finishing second just behind Bath University 1sts.

The team have stepped up their scoring from last year, including their recent 62-0 win over Bristol University 1sts, and now have high ambitions for the rest of the season.

Their only defeat so far came in the season opener against current top of the table side, Glamorgan 1sts. Glamorgan remain unbeaten in the league
after five games.

The game was a tight affair with Swansea narrowly losing 10-8. Swansea led 8-5 at half time but failed to make their dominance of possession count.
Hearn said: “We were the better team; to lose 10-8 is shocking. We had so many opportunities.

“We didn’t deserve to lose that game at all.

“And because of that, it made the girls doubly determined to come back and win the next week, which we did.”

Swansea followed this narrow defeat with four wins in a row, including their last 32 win in the Bucs trophy.

The team’s second game of the season was an away match against UWE 1sts. Hearn’s side won 20-7.

Swansea’s next game was the cup game against Plymouth 1sts which finished 17-0 in favour of the Welsh side. Swansea played Plymouth again
a week later, away in the league, winning 17-12.

The team followed up on the Pymouth victories with their biggest win of the season, at home to Bristol University 1sts 62-0.

The last game before christmas saw the women’s side face Gloucestershire 1st and won 7-0.

Hearn is very pleased with the team so far and highlights Jo Frazier-Reid in particular.

She added: “The girls this year have really impressed.

“Jo Frazier-Reid is just one who is very new to the game and she has really shone in the second row.”

Hearn believes that part of the success this season can be put down to a better structured training program which has seen Andy Williams brought
in to coach the team once a week.

As well as the league, Hearn is very much focused on lifting the Bucs rugby union trophy.

Swansea takes on Nottingham Trent University 1sts in the last 16 of the cup in February.

She added: “It’s certainly a game we can win, home advantage is very important.”

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