Women edged out in the rain

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An inability to convert possession and territory into points proved costly as Swansea’s women lost their first Bucs match of the season.

After leading 8-5 at the interval and completely dominating thereafter, captain Lizzie Hearn was devastated to start the season with a defeat.

She said: “We didn’t deserve to lose that, we were in their half practically the whole game.

“They had two lucky breaks and that was it, we were the better team today.

“To come out for our first game and play as we did, to lose 10-8 is shocking.

“We had so many opportunities.”

Swansea began the game well.

Full-back Hearn, who impressed throughout, broke through the Glamorgan defence early in the game, although she could not find support.

The dominant Swansea pack wheeled the resulting scrum and forced a penalty at the next ruck.

Number eight Carole-Ann Burt stroked the ball between the uprights to give Swansea the lead.

It did not last for long though, as a move by the Swansea backs on their own 22m line gave the Glamorgan flanker to intercept the ball and score the try. The conversion attempt was missed following the try.

Swansea hit back just before half time when a midfield break was kept alive by some superb offloads and culminated with a dark-blue flyer smashing through the Glamorgan covering tackle to cross the whitewash.

After the break it was one-way traffic, but a combination of handling errors, lack of shape, and the elements stopped Swansea adding to their score.

They were punished in the cruellest fashion when Glamorgan put turnover ball through the hands and their winger showed great pace to score from half-way with just two minutes remaining on the clock.

“If we keep working in training, we’ve got a good chance in this league,” Hearn added.

“Half of the girls had never played in this team before, in our first game last season we lost 65-5.”

Swansea University 1sts 8-10 Glamorgan 1sts

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