Four for Bobbie as Thornbees romp home

February 26 2018

Bobbie Jackson scores four tries as the Thornbees overcame the stern challenge of H&Q Ladies in a hard-fought game.

By Dave Fox 

Hardwicke & Quedgeley Ladies 5 - 30 Thornbees


Bobbie Jackson scores four tries as the Thornbees overcame the stern challenge of H&Q Ladies in a hard-fought game.

After a disappointing performance in defeat at North Bristol last month the Thornbees began far better with the early stages played in the home half.

The Thornbees kept up the pressure and Bobbie Jackson broke from halfway and outpaced the home defence to score the opening try.

Harlequins ladies applied pressure and monopolised possession. The Thornbees tackling was too high and the bulky home forwards rumbled upfield and eventually a prop dashed over for the equalising score. 

From a quick penalty Emma Nicholson powered over to put the Thornbees back ahead soon after.

The Harlequins Ladies threatened but when the ball went loose and Bobbie Jackson was given an inch of space out wide she showed the home defence a clean pair of heels and scored the Thornbees’ third try.

Thornbees led 15-5 at the break.

The second half saw the Thornbees control the game. Although there were handling errors they managed the loose play well, with Sadie Giles outstanding and becoming increasingly influential as the half progressed.

 Another try for the Bees was crucial to give them a clear margin and it was Giles who finished off a move with great determination for the fourth try. 

The Bees were playing at a different tempo with Bobbie Jackson and Sadie Giles dominating play. Midway through the half Giles took a quick penalty close to the Harlequins line and Bobbie went over for her hat-trick try, celebrating with a back-flip.

With time running out the game was put beyond doubt when Ellis Whitelaw and Gemma Tyrrell created space which Jackson exploited for the final try.

Trailing 30-5 the Harlequins mounted a grandstand finish but the Bees defence tackled hard to keep their line intact. 

Scorers: tries – Bobbie Jackson (4), Emma Nicholson and Sadie Giles

Team: Claire Brealey; Sharon Kingsland-Wain, Claire Kingston, Rachael Underwood, Gail Daniel; Gemma Tyrrell (c), Bobbie Jackson; Cath Preston, Elaine Romaeo, Lindsay Broughton, Dani Telka, Jo Johnson, Emma Nicholson, Sadie Giles, Laura Panting.

Replacements: Kyleigh Knott, Cath Fishlock, Jo Dack, Steph Bennett, Ellis Whitelaw