Rugby Union

Army Women Begin Pre-Season With Loss At Worcester Warriors

The rugby union side were beaten 33-0 at Sixways Stadium.

The Army women’s rugby union team were well beaten by Worcester Warriors in their first game of pre-season.

The Premier 15s team ran in five tries to take a 33-0 win.

The ladies in red are aiming to win back the Inter Services title in April, after the RAF won the trophy earlier this year.

Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith’s Army team have only had three days of training since the Inter Services and fell behind after just five minutes.

Carys Cox went over the line, with Sarah Nicholas converting the kick.

It got worse for the Army when Vicky Laflin added to the score with a converted try.

At half-time, it was 21-0 to Worcester after Megan Varley scored the third converted try of the game.

Army captain, Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith focused on the positives of her team's performance after the final whistle.

In the second half, the Army provided a sterner test and Worcester were forced to work harder for their points.

They would get two more tries before the end though.

Laflin’s second added to Jade Shekells’ try and the home side had sealed a comfortable victory.

Despite the loss, Maj Stonebridge-Smith was focusing on the positives.

She said: "For us, it is not about the result. It’s about the performance.

"We’ve had three days of our season and this really gave ourselves a benchmark on where we are at for the start of the season against quality opposition.

"I think we have taken some real things to go away and work on.

"I’m really pleased with some of the way in which the girls adapted and reacted to what Worcester brought today."