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CSRFC (W) 67pts – Exeter University nil

This was a strong performance from the Combined Services who played to a plot, ran strongly and held their passes. England University champions Exeter were, numerically, blown away.

Chantelle Miller (Royal Signals) on the left wing showed she has the mileage ingredient scoring four tries in the opening quarter. Certainly a virtuoso performance but much owed to the clever and powerful running of centres Rebecca Homer (RLC) and Katie Garside (RA).

Flower power - Sonic Homer heads for the line
Flower power – Sonic Homer heads for the line

You are only as good as your pack and the set pieces were excellent. Charlie Maxwell (AGC) anchored on the loose-head whilst Gemma Simister (RE) controlled the lines out. In the back row England international Jane Leonard (RE) and player of the match ShellyAnn Magic (RAMC) orchestrated the space. No 6 Magic proved a handful, creating mayhem as she plunged into the Exeter mid-field.

Gemma Rowland - smooth hinge
Gemma Rowland – smooth hinge

The crucial area was probably at half back where Gemma Stonebridge Smith (AGC) and Gemma Rowland (RA) structured the game, creating time and space— tuning forward graft precisely to the backs poised to attack. The points followed.

Maybe 67pts was a fair reward for a fine performance but spare a thought for Exeter. They had some excellent talent, particularly in Jessica Ho and Katie Alder at half back. They never gave up and deserved something on the board.

Katie Garside at speed
Katie Garside at speed

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