Wales Women Reign In Spain 

La Villajoyosa, known to the locals as La Vila, lies thirty-five kilometres north of Alicante.

In the 16th century, when it was  a small sleepy fishing village, the locals built a watchtower to repel Berber pirates.

On Saturday it was a band of marauding dragons that invaded this beautiful sun drenched part of Spain.

La Vila, a Costa Blanca town with a population of around 20,000 inhabitants, is famed for its chocolate production, however Wales showed they had no “soft centres” as they kept Spain scoreless, during an emphatic seven try victorious performance.

Referee Joaquín Santoro & The Two Captains

The Lionesses, playing in yellow and facing a strong headwind, roared and tested the Welsh defence in the opening exchanges, but after four minutes Kerin Lake showed her creative ability and strength, to score a try in the corner to give Wales a 5-0 lead.

With seventeen minutes on the clock, an overthrown Spanish line out, on the five metre line was snaffled up by Lowri Harries, who went over for Wales second try , Wilkins converted for a 12-0 lead.

Wales third try was scored after twenty-seven minutes by Jessica Kavanagh Williams, the right-wing, after precise and patient phase play.

Robyn Wilkins kicked a difficult conversion to give Wales a 19-0 lead, which they maintained until half time.

Spain’s defence was much improved at the start of the second half, but Wales continued to threaten, and  in the forty-sixth minute Lowri Harris went over for her second try, after a great assist from Sioned Harris.

The conversion was missed but Wales were 24-0 up.

To Spain’s credit they never gave up as Wales continued to attack relentlessly, resulting in a try from Kerin Lake (62mins) followed by a blistering brace of touchdowns from replacement Jasmine Joyce (74 & 77 mins) using her devastating speed and footwork to seal a win for Wales with a final scoreline of 39-0

Wales travel to Dublin next weekend full of confidence for the second of their Women’s Six Nations warm-up matches.


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