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Worcester Valkyries come close to first win of season at Richmond Women

Worcester Valkyries vs Richmond Women

Worcester Valkyries came desperately close to their first win of the Tyrrells Premier 15s season as they fell to a 21-15 defeat to Richmond Women at Athletic Ground.

The sides scored three tries apiece but Richmond’s conversions ended up making the difference. Valkyries stay bottom of the league and Richmond stay 7th.

On the scoresheet for Valkyries were Josie Symonds, Alex Callender and Bec Clough, all with their first tries of the campaign. Callender and Clough are recent additions to the squad from Wales and Australia respectively.

As for Richmond, their scorers were Emelie Hellgren, Laura Kapo and Anna Caplice and Courtney Treco was on hand to add the extras.

Valkyries led for the majority of the match but weren’t able to hold on as Richmond took the lead for the first time with four minutes to go.

Speaking on the game, Valkyries Director of Rugby Roy Davies was devasted but had positives to take from the game.

He said: “I can’t fault the girls’ work rate today, they absolutely worked their socks off but I think we were just lacking in terms of the finer details of the game.

“I think that in some games we’ve been very close but those finer details lost us the game today and we need to improve on that going forward.”

During the game Valkyries definitely had chances to win the game but they just couldn’t get over the tryline for that second bonus point of the day.

Late on, they were able to break up the pitch at will but failed to turn pressure into points. Here’s an example of how quickly they were able to turn defence into attack at times.

However, in the dying moments of the game, Richmond proved to be much more clinical in the danger zone. After sustained pressure on the Valkyries defence, here’s the score that secured their win.

Unfortunately for Valkyries, they have been without a win since the rebranding of the Women’s Premiership to Tyrrells Premier 15s in summer 2017. Their last win was a 36-5 victory over Darlington Ladies (Now Darlington Mowden Park Ladies) in February 2017.

However, like on Sunday, this season has seen Valkyries come narrowly close to bucking the losing trend.

The closest they’ve come this season was a couple of weeks back when they welcomed Firwood Waterloo Ladies to Sixways.

In a match which went right down to the wire, Valkyries finished strong with two tries in the final twenty minutes of the game. This wasn’t enough, however, as they lost the game by one point in a 23-22 scoreline.

Valkyries have picked up four bonus points so far this season and have come closer to that elusive win but, the Firwood Waterloo and Richmond games did look like golden opportunities.

Valkyries have seven games left this season and leading into Christmas, they host 4th placed Wasps Ladies on the 16th and 2nd placed Harlequins Ladies on the 22nd. Two tough fixtures which could see the two-week break following come at the right time to help the squad regroup.

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