Worcester Girls Under 18s progress to RFU Girls Cup Final

Worcester Girls Under 18s have secured their place in the RFU Girls Cup Final after a dominant semi-final display earlier this month.

Worcester will face Pulborough Under 18s Girls on Sunday 24 April as they look to get their hands on the trophy.

Worcester faced a fierce battle in the semi-finals as they recorded a narrow 32-26 over POW Girls to start the day with a bang.

Cara Clarke went over for a brace in the first-half, with tries from Marth Fanworth and Sophie Hancock giving Worcester a 22-12 lead at the break.

Clarke added her third and fourth scores after the interval but Worcester were made to work hard for their victory by a resilient POW side.

Just ten minutes after that victory, Worcester were back in action against Castleford, where they again came out on top, eventually winning 17-14.

But Worcester were forced to do it the hard way after finding themselves 14-0 down early in the match.

Clarke was again instrumental for Worcester and forced a penalty try after being halted close to the line by an illegal tackle.

And Megan Varley’s try before the break put Worcester right back into the contest as they turned around only two points behind at 14-12.

Worcester regrouped at the break, showed their mettle in the second period and eventually came out with the win thanks to a try from Florence Thompson.

After confirming their place in the final, coaches Pete Williams and Dean Ball were in joyous mood.

They said: “We have been coaching girls rugby at Worcester for 13 years and this was the best Worcester performance we have ever seen, irrespective of the result.

“The girls should be so proud of themselves to come back from 14-0 behind to win the game. The whole team performance showed great character and true determination.”