Supermarine Ladies stun the leaders

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Supermarine Ladies started the new year in style by toppling league leaders Trojans on Sunday.

Their 12-5 success inflicted the first defeat of the season against South West 2 Division leaders Trojans and lifted Supermarine up to second place in the process.

Supermarine started this home match strongly as they showed aggression and control from the off.

The efforts of the home side were rewarded when flanker Sam Gooch ran over the line after Supermarine had stolen possession.

Natalie Williams then converted the try to give Supermarine an early 7-0 lead.

Despite threatening, Supermarine failed to add to their first-half score but more importantly, they managed to shut out the leaders at half-time.

Trojans came out firing in the second half and it was only a superb tackle by Tara Godby which thwarted a strong 60-metre break down the right.

However, Trojans managed to recycle the ball and touched down in the corner to reduce the deficit to just two points after missing the conversion.

Supermarine Ladies though bounced back and won a penalty on 72 minutes. Choosing to kick to touch, Supermarine secured the line-out and drove a maul over the Trojan line with Pixie Bickell scoring.

With just eight minutes remaining, Supermarine held firm as they held off any Trojan fightback with the last phase of play being 42, without any stoppages.

It was a deserved win for Supermarine in what was a muddy and physical game.

Forward of the match went to flanker Emerald Fisk, for some spectacular hits and back of the match went to scrum half Marie Barber, who played strongly throughout.

Supermarine Ladies will look to build on this win when they travel to third-placed Bath next Sunday.