by Tom Pritchard
A NIAMH Tinman hat-trick helped University of South Wales overcome University of Bath, but what did we learn from the BUCS Western 1A encounter?
Superior carrying provides winning platform
In a game which had numerous handling errors, the home side were able to retain enough possession to get themselves into dangerous attacking positions.
The ball carrying, from their tight five in particular, came to the fore in the second half as Bath began to tire.
The home side were able to adapt, after being guilty of using one-up runners too often in the first half.
Conditions play their part in disrupting the flow
After heavy rain on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, conditions underfoot were not conducive to an open game of rugby.
The error count was understandably high, and this had a negative effect on the continuity of the game.
Mark Hutton’s side adapted well after the break, relying more on their pack to carry hard and make the yards to put them into good attacking areas.
Tinman showed her class to put in stand out performance on debut
Making her first performance for USW, Niamh Tinman put in a display that defied her lack of experience and game time.
As well as contributing three tries, her service from the base of the ruck was key in bringing her forwards into the game.
Her sharp mind and quick feet will be a key asset for the University of South Wales for the rest of the season.