Green scores four tries as Devon bounce back against Gloucestershire
CHARLOTTE GREEN scored four tries as Devon beat Gloucestershire 49-24 at Teignmouth in their second Women’s County Championship match of the campaign.
Devon claimed nine tries in total at Bitton Park, with eight coming from backs.
It was the perfect way for the team to bounce back from their disappointing 41-7 defeat against Berkshire in their opening match.
Head coach Greg Richards said: “The result was the main thing and in the end we pulled away.
“We played some nice rugby. The only thing that let us down was our defence in the first half – we were too passive and every time we worked hard for a score we then gave them an easy one back. It was like one try each until the last 20 minutes really.
“But when we actually started playing in the right areas and clearing our lines with a good kick-chase we were much better and the score could have been a bit more.”
In front of a good crowd at Teignmouth, Devon took the lead in the sixth minute when Cullompton winger Emma Mingo went over in the left corner for a try after some good backs play.
But it was not long before Gloucestershire pulled level with a try from close range by scrum-half Emily Cadd.
Four minutes later Mingo scored again in almost the same spot as her first to put the hosts 10-5 up.
However, straight from the restart, Devon allowed Gloucestershire to respond again through powerful prop Simi Pam.
The hosts then got two unanswered tries courtesy of Cullompton full-back Green and Plymouth Albion flanker Heli Radcliffe.
However, neither was converted and Devon’s lead was cut to just three points before the break when Pam scored her second try and the visitors also added the extras.
The sides traded tries at the start of the second period, with Green getting her second for Devon after good backs play from a scrum, before Nat English crossed for one for the visitors. Gloucestershire converted their try so were only one point behind at 25-24.
But in the final 20 minutes Devon turned on the style. Green went over for his second midway through the half before Cullompton’s Jamie Hamer and Sarah Hurford both scored late on.
The last word, though, went to the impressive Green, who won a kick-and-chase deep in injury-time to claim her fourth on a baking hot afternoon.
Devon: 15 Charlotte Green (Cullompton), 14 Emma Mingo (Cullompton), 13 Sarah Hurford (Cullompton), 12 Corinne Walsh (Topsham), 11 Jennie Hamer (Cullompton), 10 Jennie Moss (Totnes), 9 Charley Wright (Cullompton), 1 Charley Keirle (Withycombe), 2 India Chambers (Withycombe), 3 Izzy Jackson (Plymouth Albion), 4 Ndi Ekanem (Plymstock AO/Plymouth Uni), 5 Kirsty Scotter (Exeter University), 6 Beckie Stephens (Withycombe), 7 Heli Radcliffe (Plymouth Albion), 8 Kelly Kennard (Cullompton). Reps: 16 Elena Wallis (Plymouth Albion), 17 Kerry Ackerman (Topsham), 18 Ellen Lloyd (Plymstock AO), 19 Lisa Pringle (Plymstock AO), 20 Molly Hussell (Cullompton), 21 Connie O’Brien (Plymstock AO), 22 Kelly Brownring (Withycombe)