23 March 2023 / Club News

Road to the Principality

The Road to the Principality Stadium:

For those of you who may be unaware our outstanding  ladies team have made it through to the final of the WRO Bowl competition to be held at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 1st April 2023.


The long road to the Principality Stadium for our Ladies started on 23rd October 2022 with a trip to Tumble

West Group Pool 1:

23rd October:

Tumble Ladies 17 – 26 Haverfordwest Ladies.

Tumble away proved a very testing game in heavy conditions and they held the lead until the last quarter when our fitness told and we scored two late tries

Try scorers:

Elin Williams 2 tries & 3 cons, Rhian Swift, Jodie Williams

Back of the match: Elin Williams

Forward of the match: Jodie Williams.

This was to be followed by the visit of Porthcawl,  sadly they couldn’t raise a team to travel that day, so we were granted a 20-0 win,

20th November:

Haverfordwest Ladies 20 – 0 Porthcawl Shegulls.

This meant we had won our Pool and entry into the knockout stage of the competition.


19th February:

Quarter Final:

Wrexham Ladies 0 – 52 Haverfordwest Ladies

The very early start for a 5 hour journey to Wrexham did not deter our Ladies against a team who were an unknown quantity. The Blues pack had the better of the forward exchanges and allowed the backs to express themselves and an 8 try victory was well deserved before the long trek home. The reward for victory was to be a trip to Blackwood, last season’s Bowl winners.

Try scorers:

Rhian Swift 2, Jess James, Meg Griffiths (Davies), Becky Osborne, Jodie Williams

Emma Summons, Elin Williams 1try & 6 cons

Coaches’ player: Emma Summons

Wrexham player choice: Jana Neumann


5th March:


Blackwood Ladies 22 – 46 Haverfordwest Ladies.

After a crushing win on the road in Wrexham last time out the Blues found a much sterner test against a spirited Blackwood team who playing in front of their home fans and were an equal match for much of the game before Haverfordwest powered home in the last quarter for a 46-22 win.
The Blues were dealt an early blow when they were caught cold by a quick tap penalty after just six mins, with Blackwood’s outside half stepping her way over for an unconverted score.
However, the Lady Blues slowly worked their way into the game and after a period of concerted pressure they got their first points of the game with a penalty just inside the 22 by Elin Williams.
The Blues continued to press and were rewarded after some strong forward play which allowed skipper Emma Summons to snipe over in the corner from the base of a ruck and the score went unconverted for an 8-5 lead.
Ten minutes later they were over the whitewash again with Meg Griffiths galloping over after latching onto a loose pass. This time Elin Williams added the extras for a commanding 15-5 lead.
Yet the game was far from over as the home side came hurtling back with two  unconverted scores just before half-time – and again, both tries came off the back of quick tap penalties as the home side upped the ante and powered their way over the line.
Haverfordwest were glad to see the half-time whistle with the momentum clearly with the valleys’ team but after the break, the Blues were back in front with the forwards carrying hard and recycling well. Rhian Swift was the beneficiary of some neat hands from the backs, cantering home on the outside for a fine team try.
Yet their lead with short-lived with Blackwood wrestling back the lead after a dominant scrum just five metres from the try line. The resulting penalty was again quickly taken; the home eight powering over and a conversion to boot made for a 22-20 lead.
Haverfordwest showed great resolve to snatch the lead straight back with another well-worked team try.  Rhian Swift was again the recipient of some strong carries and good hands to burst around the home defence for a converted score and a 27-22 lead.
This time The Blues did not look back, going through the gears as the home side’s colossal pack started to tire.
Next up, strong ball carrier Jana Neumann crashed over for another converted score after excellent work initially by Ella Sturley and Eloise Hull keeping the ball alive near the touchline.
Soon after Meg Griffiths barged over from close range and Elin Williams adding the extras once more for a commanding 39-22 with just two minutes to go.

There was still time for one more score as Ella Sturley put the gloss on a superb second-half performance, stepping back inside some tired tackling to score under the posts after a great kick/chase by Becky Osborne.
The 46-22 final score was tough on the Blackwood girls who gave their all for 60 minutes, yet the Blues victory was fully deserved after some terrific play in the final quarter.
The girls can be extremely proud of their efforts and can now look forward to the prestigious showpiece at The Principality Stadium. 
 Post-match head coach Steve Barnett said,
“As coaches we are over the moon because Blackwood are regarded highly and very experienced after reaching the final last season, with a vociferous crowd cheering them on. But our team just stuck to their task, even when they were reduced to 14 players in the last quarter, and our win was fitting reward for their total dedication. and willingness to learn”.
“Now we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground but look forward to a great experience at The Principality Stadium, with a huge crowd of supporters expected to make the journey!”

Forward of the match: Jana Neumann
Back of the match: Rhian Swift

Haverfordwest Squad:
Jodie Williams; Hayley May Thomas; Emma Busch; Lucy French; Jana Neumann (VC); Emily Carrington; Menna Pugh-Jones; Sarah Lawrence; Emma Summons (C); Elin Williams;
Poppy Lewis; Meg Griffiths; Tati Richards; Jess James; Rhian Swift; Natasha Thomas; Kate Allan; Christine Selby; Delyth Foster; Becky Osborne; Ella Sturley; Eloise Hull.
Coaches: Steve Barnett (Head coach and backs); Morgan Layton (Forwards); Tony George (Forwards); John Summons (Line outs and first aid).

Try scorers:

Meg Griffiths (Davies) 2, Rhian Swift 2, Ella Sturley, Jana Neumann, Emma Summons,

Elin Williams 1pen & 4cons

Forward of the match: Jana Neumann.

Back of the match: Rhian Swift. 


Saturday 1st April 2023 – Principality Stadium – Kick Off 1pm

Haverfordwest v CRCC RFC


We all now await the final chapter of this outstanding cup run by Haverfordwest Ladies

“Come on the Blues”

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