Women’s rugby feel prepared to topple Premier side Cardiff

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Captain Lizzie Hearn believes that Swansea University women’s rugby team are fully prepared to take on Cardiff University at Varsity.

Hearn has witnessed the improvement of the side first hand after previously being the vice-captain last season.

“Over the three years that I have studied at Swansea University, women’s rugby has grown and gone from strength to strength,” she said.

“I am confident that we have a strong team which has done extremely well this year, with everyone giving their all.”

Despite losing to Cardiff in the last two Varsity events, Hearn is sure key preparations will secure a win.

Hearn identified the issues behind last 54-5 defeat and hopes to improve these areas for the game this year.

She added: “We started off well and looked promising. However, a few tries from them and us conceding some penalties meant that our head dropped.

“It was clear that our fitness was a weak point for us.

“Varsity preparation will consist of a few team building sessions, along with several contact based and fitness sessions.

“This will be practised alongside more skill specific match play preparation nearer the big day.

“Throughout the season, we have had to deal with some injuries and the loss of some key players so, as a team, I believe we’re ready to face anything.”

Swansea finished third in the Western 1A Division, while Cardiff survived a relegation dogfight in the Premier South Division.

Hearn added: “As always, playing Cardiff will be a tough competition, but I think we’re ready for it.”

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