Hat-trick hero Gittings keeps Gloucester-Hartpury in the hunt


Gloucester-Hartpury bounced back from defeat at the hands of table-toppers Lichfield to shutout Moseley at home over the weekend.

Susie Appleby’s side ran in six unanswered tries with fullback Mary-Ann Gittings bagging herself a hat trick on the way to a 34-0 win which keeps the side firmly in second place with three games left to play.

New signing Sam Johnson debuted in the front row as Gloucester-Hartpury’s pack dominated from the off with Rachael Norris impressive at eight. But it was fullback who stole the show with a first half brace before completing the scoring with a fine solo effort late in the second period.

Gloucester-Hartpury opened the scoring through Devon Holt after the scrum half broke from halfway only to be hauled down just short of the line. The home side recycled and eventually broke down the Moseley defence with Holt darting over.

With Gitting’s first half brace giving Gloucester-Hartpury a comfortable halftime lead, Moseley came out fighting early in the second half, testing the home side’s defence which ultimately held strong.

The lead was extended as Robyn Hancock scored her first try for the club following a good break from winger Chloe Elliot before Holt snuck over for her second of the day and Gitting’s rounded off the scoring.

Gloucester-Hartpury coach Susie Appleby said: “It was important for us to bounce back from the defeat at Lichfield last time out and the girl’s responded really well and we were strong in both defence and attack which was great to see. There were some outstanding individual performances but it was a strong team performance which won us the game.”

Gloucester-Hartpury’s next match is away to Buckingham, who sit sixth in the table, on Sunday January 24th.

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