20 February 2017 / Club News

Seven Sisters 17 Penybanc Panthers 29

The panthers travelled to Seven Sisters knowing a win would bring them one game nearer to promotion.  With two new signings Karen Mayze and Jodie Evans making their debuts for the team it was an exciting line up that took to the field.  With many injuries and international players unavailable it showed that there is real strength in numbers at the banc now. 

Seven Sisters are a vastly improved team and showed immediately that it was going to be a tough afternoon for the panthers with the home side crossing for a well worked try within the first five minutes.  From the restart Seven tried to take advantage of their bigger forwards and play within close quarters of the ruck but it was debutant Jodie Evans who showed a bit of class on a turnover ball to break through the seven defence and register her first try for the team which she converted.  There wasn’t an inch given by both sides with commitment to the tackle area immense which would have pleased and impressed the National coach Roland Phillips who was in attendance, also spotted in the crowd was Olympic sevens player Jazmin Joyce who was savouring this tough encounter.  Clear instructions were coming from the touch line to the panthers to play a wider game to try and spread the opposition and with that instant success came when the little pocket rocket Leanne Macbeth crossed over out wide to score.  With game evenly poised it was seven who responded with another try of their own on the stroke of half time to bring it to a close with the panthers just in the lead 12-10.

With Jodie Evans and coach Lowri Harries only being allowed to play a half each due to international commitments that was the only change at half time for the panthers. 

Credit to both teams neither wanted to lose this game and the intensity continued into the second half.  But with the game plan to quicken the tempo, the panthers immediately broke free with lowri Harries continuing her impressive form running to the try line from 30 meteres out, Outside half catrin rees converted.  The panthers were slightly getting the upperhand in the game and from a quick tap penalty scrum half Ffion Lewis blasted through to score a very good solo try, dependable rees added the extra’s along with a penalty soon after.  Seven kept making a contest of this game and duly scored deep into injury time to bring a fantastic game to end 29-17 to the panthers.

Team Manager Hywel Thomas: ‘Today was a tough test, Seven threw everything at us but it’s pleasing we have come away with the vital win that keeps our promotion hopes on track’ The Panthers have a few weeks off now to recover before their next home match v Pencoed.  Whilst the majority have a break Lowri Harries, Alisha Butchers and Jodie Evans are in contention to play Scotland on the weekend.  The club are delighted to announce that Hannah Jones’ operation was a success on her ankle and is well on the road to recovery, hoping to make her comeback v Swansea in the cup.

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