Catherine Richards scores a try on her wing for Gwalia Lightning

Celtic Challenge: Gwalia Lightning 36-19 Glasgow Warriors

Catherine Richards scores a try on her wing for Gwalia LightningCatherine Richards scored two tries against Brython Thunder in the opening roundCeltic Challenge: Gwalia Lightning v Glasgow WarriorsGwalia Lightning (17) 36Tries: Hopkins 2, Richards, Hughes, Constable, Jones Cons: Metcalfe 3Glasgow Warriors (5) 19Tries: Bogan, Tucker 2 Con: Macrae 2

Gwalia Lightning made it two wins from two in the Celtic Challenge with a six-try victory over Glasgow Warriors.

Player of the match Gwennan Hopkins scored two tries, while Catherine Richards took her try tally up to three after last weekend’s double.

Half-backs Carys Hughes and Sian Jones crossed along with Abbey Constable.

Holland Bogan scored in the first half for Glasgow while Aillie Tucker’s late double ensured a respectable final score.

In near perfect conditions in the Welsh capital, it the home side who were first on the scoreboard.

Lucy Isaac claimed good line-out ball from 10m out which allowed Jones to feed a flat pass to Hopkins who burst through the gap.

Gwalia were straight back in Glasgow’s 22 from the restart and their lead doubled off a superb backline move, which saw Hughes’ cross-field kick scooped up by Richards.

Momentum then shifted to Glasgow who enjoyed a spell of pressure in the Welsh half.

A chop tackle by Caitlin Lewis looked to have stopped the threat of Sky Phimister on the wing, but Glasgow recycled well and forced the penalty.

Mairi McDonald took it quickly to allow Bogan to crash over from close range.

Gwalia soaked up more pressure before launching their own attack, with Molly Reardon leading the forward charge.

Patient play allowed the ball to be shipped out wide to Hughes, who despite the best efforts of Lucy Macrae, managed to wriggle free and ground the ball.

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Gwalia came out firing in the second, but it took almost 20 minutes for the next score to come with Wales prop Constable bulldozing her way through the defence.

But the hosts were dealt a blow when Hughes suffered a nasty looking arm injury in the build-up.

Gwalia were back in shortly after, the outstanding Hopkins deservedly in for her second of the afternoon, picking up from the base of the scrum and shrugging off several tackles to go under the posts.

Jones, player of the match last weekend at Rodney Parade, showed quick thinking as Gwalia completed their try-scoring rout from a quick tap penalty.

But to Glasgow’s credit, they kept plugging away and scored two late tries by replacement prop Tucker, each converted by Macrae.

Gwalia Lightning: Nel Metcalfe; Caitlin Lewis, Kelsie Webster, Molly Anderson-Thomas, Catherine Richards; Carys Hughes, Sian Jones; Abbey Constable, Molly Reardon, Jenni Scoble, Erin Jones, Bryonie King (capt), Kate Williams, Lucy Isaac, Gwennan Hopkins.

Replacements: Mica Evans, Sophie Waug, Lowri Williams, Maisie Davies, Sydney Mead, Kierra Deeks, Jenna De Vera, Kate Davies.

Glasgow Warriors: Kiyomi Honjigawa; Sky Phimister, Claudia McLaren, Lucy Macrae, Pearl Kellie; Ceitidh Ainsworth, Mairi McDonald; Demi Swann, Nikki Simpson, Eilidh Flemming, Emma Turner (co-capt), Ellie Williamson, Holland Bogan, Lucy Winter, Alex Love

Replacements: Karis Craig, Aillie Tucker, Chloe Brown, Sophie Anderson, Izzy Hannay, Rhea Clarke (co-capt), Carla McDonald, Giselle Chicot

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