Monday, 23 October 2017

Tomas is hat-trick hero

READING ABBEY Ladies recorded a 15th straight victory as they thrashed Crowthorne to move six points clear at the top of the table, writes Fiona Tomas.

For the first time this season, the Nuns slumped to an early try as Crowthorne centre Jess Irvine powered through the Abbey defence to set up Rachel Franklin who went over the line for a converted try.

Dave Swan’s side responded after the restart, and after a string of ball carries from forwards Meg Fowler and Jess Potter, back-row Joey Fowler gathered a grubber by fly-half Annette Tomas and dived over to score.

Ellie Rice was influential after following up her box-kick with a tackle on the Crowthorne fullback, who spilled the ball. Tomas was on hand to tidy up and flew in underneath the posts for the Nuns’ second.

Muddy conditions did not deter Abbey, who began dominating the game. Hayley Matthews collected the ball from a scrum whose effort fell inches from the line, only for Tomas to gather and dive over.

The second-half saw hooker Claire Stevens releasing Alice Denton to storm down the pitch, with Dave Swan trying out a variety of new positions. Tomas exploited a space on the blind side and crossed for her hat-trick, before Denton picked an impressive line to run in for the bonus-point try.

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