Caernarfon Ladies faced Seven Sisters, the undisputed league leaders on their own turf, and gave a very creditable account of themselves despite the final 41-0 scoreline
From the off they faced the slope and the wind and gained parity in the scrum and lineout. Sadly the ball delivered to the backs to use was often hurried and untidy and as a result Seven Sisters were able to maintain pressure and force errors.
The first score arrived after 10 minutes when from a solid scrum the ball was fed wide to winger Bethan Roberts whose pace and side-step took her beyond the try line to open the scoring with Rachel Rees adding the conversion.
Later a failed clearance kick led to a swift counter attack by centre Jami Davies who although held up short, was able to feed No 8 Cari Bowen-Davies who grounded amongst a heap of bodies.
This 12-0 scoreline was maintained for a lengthy period despite losing second row Ceris Davies to a nasty facial injury.
Sadly for the Cofis, on the approach to half time, a change of tactic by Seven Sisters brought reward, when a long downfield kick resulted in a penalty for interference. The quickly taken kick and forward charge saw a five pointer being awarded to captain and tactical mastermind Bethan Howell.
This was soon followed by another Bethan Roberts score under the posts after she came infield to support and split the Cofi defence, thus affording Rachel Rees an easy conversion.
The second period saw the Cofis regroup effectively with the pack fronting up well and keeping Seven Sisters cornered for a considerable period.
Sadly the opposition were committed tacklers and took advantage of one breakdown when a hack on and fortunate bounce allowed Rachel Rees to scamper clear to score and convert. With numerous bumps and bruises taking their toll Seven Sisters mounted the best attacking move of the day from their own half with the ball passing through numerous pairs of hands before centre Jami Davies finally crossed the try line.
With the referee preparing to blow the final whistle, Jill Whitehouse emerged from a maul and the prop's surprising turn of speed allowed her to close the scoring to the delight of her teammates.
The Cofis can be pleased with the endeavour shown throughout against a very competent outfit and would like to thank Seven Sisters for their warm welcome and especially their medical staff who were most attentive and caring of the Caernarfon wounded during and after the game.
Next week will witness another southerly trip for Cofis to Pencoed who felt the full force of the Seven Sisters attack a week previous.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.