by Joe Mansfield
LEAGUE leaders Cardiff Metropolitan University 2nd’s continued their fine form as they proved too much for the University of South Wales 1st’s in a high-scoring affair.
Winger Harriet Nicholas scored a brace of tries for the hosts whilst Claudia Meyrick, Megan Black, Eirlys Withers, Natalia Mia-Roach and Abi Lloyd also found their way over the try-line.
The Archers were dominant throughout and played free-flowing rugby, showing impressive skill with the weather affecting handling conditions for both sides.
The hosts crossed for the first of their seven tries in the 12th minute as Nicholas scored her first of the afternoon.
USW didn’t crumble under the early pressure and hit back with a try of their own through their captain and leader Keely Ward. The back-rower crashed over from close range.
Despite the early defiance from the away side, it was all one-way traffic for the next 50 minutes.
Originally starting the game at blindside flanker for Met, Meyrick switched to fly-half and turned the game around, with her kicking game influential in the territorial battle, picking up points from both penalties and conversions.
Following the switch at outside-half, the home attack began to flow. An assist from Meyrick brought up Met’s second score with Nicholas crossing to complete her brace.
The Archers then added another score shortly after when Black, the prop, burrowed her way around the fringes.
Met finished off the half in the same way they started it, with a try. Number 8 Mia-Roach was the beneficiary as she went in under the sticks.
Meyrick then added to her case for player of the match with a try to open the second half and extend their lead to 33-5.
The out-half then added a penalty from close range to push the differential to 31.
The day continued to go in the wrong direction for USW when Archers forward Withers scored after a barnstorming run from 30 metres out.
Although the outlook appeared bleak for the visitors, Sheonagh Croke kept spirits high when she crossed for a consolation try in the 70th minute, after picking up well from the base of the scrum.
Lloyd capped off a brilliant performance from the home side when finished in the corner following some neat hands across the back-line to end the game 48-10.
USW will hope to bounce back next week when they take on Bath Women’s 1st at the USW Sport Park.