Valkyries grab three tries in Barbarians win

Scarborough RUFC Valkyries
Scarborough RUFC Valkyries

The Scarborough Valkyries continued their impressive baptism of fire with a 17-10 win against the Yorkshire Barbarians at Harrogate on Saturday.

The Scarborough women had to defend for the majority of the first half as the Barbarians were straight on the front foot in tough conditions.

The home side led 5-0 at half-time, but the Valkyries never panicked and fired back with three tries in the second half to take the win.

Their first try came when prop Laura Welburn stole a Harrogate ball at the ruck and fed supporting full-back Mel Halstead, who glided up the blind side and outpaced the cover to touch down in the corner, bringing Scarborough level.

Skipper Cathy-Ann Myers then put the Valkyries ahead when Jess Bray rose high at a line-out to pinch a Harrogate ball and from the resulting maul scrum­-half and captain Myers scurried 20 metres to score under the posts. Myers duly converted and the Valkyries led 12-5.

The victory was wrapped up when Jess Glanville powered over the whitewash, and although Barbarians notched a late try, the Valkyries had done enough for the 17-10 win.

Skipper Myers was delighted with the efforts of the Valkyries.

She said: “Even though we went behind, we never panicked and always knew we could get back into the game.

“We’re getting better all the time. Games are the best way to improve and we are getting better all the time.

“Our defence was a bit bunched in the first half and they capitalised on that, but we played much better in the second half to come out with the win.”

Hannah Ridley was named as player of the match, while Myers also thought try-scorer Halstead shone, as well as some of the new Valkyries recruits in the side.

Myers added: “Mel has blistering pace and she makes so many direct runs that cause the opposition problems.

“Hannah played great and even though we were missing a few players, having the likes of Kayleigh Tapsell, Nadia Randji and Danielle Rowley new to the side didn’t hamper our performance.”

The Valkyries then enjoyed a night out in Leeds and a training session with Yorkshire Carnegie on the Sunday before watching the men’s team tackle Moseley.

Myers added: “Even though we were all a bit rough, the training session with Carnegie was great. It was a brilliant weekend.”