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WRU Development XV's Rosie Carr carries (Pic: INPHO/Ben Brady)

Combined Provinces remain unbeaten in Celtic Challenge

Combined Provinces made it three wins out of three in the Celtic Challenge with a 19-0 victory over Wales Development XV at a wet and windy Kingspan Stadium.

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The visitors could have taken the lead inside two minutes, from a lineout the ball was moved infield, winger Amelia Tutt cut through the home defence but ran out of support near the try line and her pass was intercepted by Aoife Doyle allowing the Combined Provinces to clear.

Wales Development dominated territory and possession but the opening quarter remained scoreless, the home’s only chance came from a line break by Doyle but the Railway Union winger was hauled down short of the line.

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The Combined Provinces had another chance on 23 minutes as they kicked a penalty into the corner, but the visitors were able to get up at the front of the lineout and steal the throw.

The Combined Provinces started to get a foot hold in the game and were rewarded with the opening try on 27 minutes.

The home side were probing at the line and Wales conceded a penalty, hooker Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird took a quick tap and went over unopposed from close range with out half Dannah O’Brien adding the conversion.

Wales Development dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half but couldn’t breach the home defence.

After conceding several penalties on their own try line Combined Provinces had Nic a Bhaird yellow carded.

The Principality side should have had a try in the last minute of the half after a series of forward rumbles towards the line the ball was spun wide Tutt surged for the corner but a great cover tackle by O’Brien dislodged the ball as the Welsh winger crossed the whitewash.

The final play of the half saw the visitors take a quick tap penalty in front of the posts, but the Combined Provinces got enough bodies under the ball to stop the grounding and Greg McWilliams side went into the interval with a 7-0 lead.

O’Brien missed an opportunity to extend the Combined Provinces lead as her 50th minute penalty sailed wide.

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Molly Reardon sends the ball out to her backs (Pic: INPHO/Ben Brady)

Captain Hannah O’Connor nearly got the Combined Provinces second try on 58 minutes, from a attacking five metre scrum the No8 picked up from the based and charged over but the Welsh side prevented her from grounding the ball.

However, the home side were not to be denied and they did cross the whitewash two minutes later, following a series on powerful drives, centre Kayla Waldron stepped the last defender to touch down but O’Brien failed to convert.

Aoife Wafter scored a sensational try to put the game beyond doubt on 72 minutes. The Blackrock replacement got the ball deep in her own half, hit the accelerator side stepped the last defender and glided over the line for the home side’s third try which O’Brien converted.

Combined Provinces –
Tries: Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, Kayla Waldron, Aoife Wafter; Cons:  Dannah O’ Brien (2). Yellow Card – Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird

Wales Development XV
Caitlin Lewis, Amelia Tutt, Jenna De Vera, Niamh Terry, Molly Phillpot, Robyn Wilkins, Molly Reardon, Rosie Carr, Kat Evans, Danielle Dinapot, Charlie Mundy, Abbie Fleming, Kate Williams, Meiissa Gnojek, Bryonie King.

Replacements: Tara Finnegan for Evans 78 mins, Mica Evans for Carr 51 mins, Kate Carr for Dinapot 56 mins, Katie Jenkins for Mundy 54 mins, Kira Phillpot, Niamh Tinman for Reardon 41 mins, Chelsea Jones for Lewis 46 mins, Anwen Owen for Tutt 55 mins.

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