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Cardiff Quins land Welsh Cup

Cardiff Quins beat Pontyclun 38-0 at Waunarlwydd RFC on Sunday 15th April to win the 2007 WWRU Cup.

Quins, who won last year's Plate competition, had too much pace for second division Pontyclun who, despite dominating proceedings upfront, were unable to live with the outstanding running of Mel Berry, Amber Penrith and Hayley Baxter. Berry finished with a hat trick and further tries from Baxter, Bianca Modeste and Caryl Thomas saw Quins home.

Quins coach, Ian Carter, commented, "I am delighted with the performance put in by every player from Cardiff Quins. The women were outstanding in what was a much harder game than the score line suggests. Pontyclun tested us in both attack and defence and it took some great team play to score our tries. The game was a great exhibition of the high standard of women's rugby in Wales."

Cardiff Quins:
Jilly Holroyd, Elinor Snowsill, Hayley Baxter, Amber Penrith, Zoe Prytherch, Sophie Bennett, Becky Davies, Jess Hewitt, Delphine Marzin, Caryl Thomas, Becky Blakeway, Rachel Taylor, Hayley Abson, Mellissa Berry, Catrina Nicholas

Replacements
Catrin Edwards, Laura Richards, Sian Miles, Becky Newton, Caryl James, Bianca Modeste

Scorers
Tries: Mellissa Berry (3), Hayley Baxter, Bianca Modeste, Caryl Thomas
Cons : Jilly Holroyd (4)

Pontyclun:
Emma Gough, Natasha Peters, Catryn Grundy, Levi Hallett, Sophie Francis, Nia Hughes, Laura Prosser, Jessica Vousden, Emma Liddle, Diane Price, Claire Clement, Melonie Wharton, Melanie Bernard, Gemma Legge, Gemma Hallett

Replacements
Zoe Buckeridge, Emma Morris, Toni Heywood

In the Plate Final Blaenau Gwent beat Whitand 17-5, a game which pitched one of the oldest women's teams against one of the newest. In the first half, Blaenau Gwent dominated but Whitland proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future with a very strong second half performance. Blaenau Gwent had to work very hard in defence to stop Whitland scoring more than the one try.

Blaenau Gwent captain, Mandy Tyler, commented "We got off to an excellent start and pressured Whitland throughout the first half with dominating play by our forwards. However a disallowed try caused a loss of concentration and Whitland continued to push forward and scored a try. They gained in confidence and continued to put our defence under pressure but we held on using our experience and kicking abilities to secure a deserved win. All the players from both teams fought a hard battle on a very hard pitch and put on a quality game of rugby".

Whitland:
Joeley Davies, Cally Rhositer, Nina Bishop, Lucy Berry, Tammy Howells, Alice James, Rosie Hutton, Sian Murrow, Kate Bowen, Natalie Bowen, Christina Jenkins, Caryl James, Mandy Thomas, Natalie Walsh, Vicky Owens

Replacements
Emily Banner, Rhian Rogers, Sam Morgan, Jenny Hawkins, Emma Moseley

Scorers
Tries: Natalie Walsh

Blaenau Gwent:
Anna Mills, Mandy Tyler, Kim Boaler, Helena Parfitt, Deena Crombie, Vicky Jennings, Ami Jones, Claire Wilson, Annie Rogers, Megan York, Amanda Howells, Claire Chivers, Donna Hurley, Mel Whitlock, Stephanie Turnbull

Replacements
Sarah Morgan, Kalee Thomas, Sarah Welland, Julie Williams

Scorers
Tries: Stephanie Turnbull (2), Kim Boaler
Cons: Vicky Jennings