Women’s U18s celebrate campaign

Rob LloydNewyddion yr Academi, Newyddion

Scarlets Women’s U18s held their presentation after an encouraging WRU Regional Championship campaign that saw them finish with two wins and a draw from their four matches.

Scarlets opened up with a tight win over the Ospreys at Maes y Gwendraeth and finished with a superb victory over champions Cardiff Rugby at Ystrad Mynach. There was also a 5-5 draw against RGC and a defeat to the Dragons in North Wales.

Scarlets senior player Carwyn Tuipulotu, whose cousin Sisilia is a Wales Women’s senior international, was the guest at the presentation.

The Players’ Player of the Championship was awarded to back-row forward Tili Hopkins. Co-captain Maisie Davies was voted the leading forward and centre Bronwen Griffin, the best back. The most promising player went to centre Leyah Davies, who produced an outstanding display in the 19-17 victory over Cardiff.

Reflecting on the campaign, head coach Daryl Morgan said: “We were pleased with the campaign as a whole, we had a great bunch of girls who really worked hard on their game.

“We started the selection process in the middle of October before reducing it to a final squad of 33. Pre-Christmas was all about enhancing their skills, training in the barn once a week, then the new year was more competition-orientated.

“It would have been nice to play a few more games to be honest. We played Cardiff in the final round and it felt like we were just coming into our own and how we wanted the girls to play. The girls were desperate to play again the following week!

“But we will continue to work with the girls over the next few months and it’s great that a number of the younger ones, who showed a huge amount of promise, will be back with us again next season.”

Seven of the squad have been selected in a Wales training squad with five of those – Maisie Daves, Carys Hughes, Bronwen Griffin, Cadi-Lois Davies and Milly Summer – featuring against England at Rugby School on Sunday.

Award winners

Forward of the Championship – Maisie Davies

Back of the Championship – Bronwen Griffin

Players’ Player of the Championship – Tili Hopkins

Most Promising Player – Leyah Davies

Players’ Player of the Championship Tili Hopkins with Scarlets men’s senior player Carwyn Tuipulotu