Women beat Rovers

Women beat Rovers

  • Wigan Warriors Women record a solid victory against Featherstone Rovers Ladies.
  • Women record 42-4 win at the Robin Park Arena.
  • Warriors run in nine tries on Sunday afternoon.

Wigan Warriors returned to winning way in the Women’s Super League as they grabbed a nine try haul to beat Featherstone Rovers Ladies 42-4 on Sunday afternoon.

It was a fairly end to end start to the game, as the rain started to pour down inside the Robin Park Arena, owing to many handling errors in the early stages of the first forty. The visitors had some good threatening play, as Paige Stevens continued to muscle her way forward. Teece also doing well to stop Alison Burrows in her tracks and get the ball back one-on-one.

It was the Warriors who registered the first points though, as Megan Grace-Holding went over in the corner after 15 minutes. It was a well worked Wigan try, Gemma Walsh sending Amanda Sibbald through on a half-break to set Becky Greenfield away before the skipper had the ball back in hand to place an almost perfect kick to the corner. The young winger collected with ease to touch down and put Wigan 4-0 up.

Wigan were in again a few minutes later, this time Alison Burrows going over. Natalie Watson putting in some hard yards in the build-up, before Vicky Molyneux set Burrows on her way to touch down on the right edge. The conversion was missed but Wigan had the 8-0 advantage.

Andrea Dobson continued to cause trouble on the right side with her last play kicking game, but the clinical attacking edge seemed to be absent for the Rovers. Featherstone had a good chance on the Wigan back line but despite a number of attempts the Cherry & White defensive line held firm.

Megan Grace-Holding added her second of the afternoon in the 27th minute, this time firing down the left wing before cutting in to go in under the uprights, McMullan adding the extras this time. Molyneux then made it 18-0 to Wigan just before the half-time hooter, diving in from close range.

Becky Greenfield returned from injury and returning to the scoresheet as the full-back went over in the 41st minute. The short kick off from Dobson not fooling the Warriors, as they went on the prowl. Greenfield had Grace-Holding as support but didn’t need her as she sold a dummy to go over. McMullan adding the extras in a great effort from the touchline to make it 24-0 in Wigan’s favour.

Featherstone were handed a blow as Andrea Dobson was forced to leave the action in the 49th minute, as she looked to be struggling with an injury. The Warriors continued their attacking prowess as Kate McMullan went over for a try, this time Harrison luring in the defender to make space for the pass out wide to McMullan for 28-0.

Kayleigh Bulman was sent to the sin bin as Vanessa Temple made a 60m break down the middle, the Rovers number 5 making an infringement as she caught Temple to see the yellow card. Rovers denied Wigan of a clean defensive slate, as Chloe Reynolds found a way over in the 60th minute, Hepworth missed the extras. The Warriors stormed down to the other end of the field for Alison Burrows to get her second of the afternoon, the winger missing the conversion of her own try but it was Wigan 32-4.

Amanda Sibbald added her name to the scoresheet in the 70th minute, peeling away from a defender and showing a clean pair of heels to race under the uprights, Burrows missing the two. The Warriors wrapped up the win in the 79th minute, Becky Greenfield becoming the third Warrior of the afternoon to record a brace, getting in under the sticks, the effort converted to seal a 42-4 win for Wigan.

Wigan Warriors Women: Rebecca Greenfield, Megan Grace-Holding, Alison Burrows, Rachel Thompson, Kate McMullan, Gemma Walsh, Sarah Harrison, Holly Speakman, Emma Dwyer, Hannah Goodburn, Amanda Sibbald, Vanessa Temple, Victoria Molyneux

Interchanges: Natalie Watson, Lucy Baggaley, Carys Marsh, Megan Bragg

Tries: Grace-Holding (2), Burrows (2), Molyneux, Greenfield (2), McMullan, Sibbald Goals: McMullan 3/7 Burrows 0/2

Featherstone Rovers Ladies: Chelsea Senior, Grace Dyke, Jaz Hazel, Chloe Reynolds, Kayleigh Bulman, Katie Hepworth, Hannah Bairstow, Brogan Churm, Charley Blackburn, Paige Stevens, Zoe Teece, Nat Harrowell, Andrea Dobson

Interchanges: Cairo Newby, Steph Grenham, Brogan Kennedy, Leigh Powell

Tries: Reynolds Goals: Hepworth 0/1

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