Kenilworth Ladies got their season off to a great start on Sunday with a convincing 46-17 victory over Birmingham Exiles at Glasshouse Lane, writes Cath Lyon.
The Ladies, who have been promoted for their 2017/18 campaign, were up against a side who had beaten them twice last season. Based on previous results, it wasn't expected to be an easy test for Kenilworth, despite being a friendly.
However, with the pack looking as strong as ever and a new, dynamic pairing of Beth Woodward and Phoebe Howles at 12 and 13, the Ladies secured a powerful victory against the Exiles.
Woodward and Howles scored hat tricks, with both players putting in impressive performances. Excellent support from Sophie Henry on the wing also saw her name added to the score sheet alongside full back Harrie Clemens. Rebecca Lane converted three tries.
Although the Exiles thoroughly tested the hosts' defensive play, impressive attacking qualities meant that Kenilworth were too strong, with a final score of 46-17. It was a performance that promises much for their coming season.
Things have also started well from a player recruitment perspective, with the Ladies hosting a successful Inner Warrior camp at Glasshouse Lane on Tuesday evening. These RFU camps are aimed at getting more women and girls playing rugby with 13 players attending the evening in total, including three first-time players.