Buckingham Swans lost 54-3 as they played host to a well-drilled Wasps XV before their league campaign starts on September 11.
During the opening session the teams seemed evenly matched with both sides maintaining a strong defence.
Wasps were first to touch down with a quick pick-up and go allowing them to break the Swans’ line and score.
Buckingham fought hard to keep Wasps at bay and did not concede further points until the closing part of the first half. Wasps then ran in three tries before the break, converting one. It was 22-0 going into half time.
Swans were awarded a penalty soon into the second half. Stepping up to put them on the scoreboard, Kelly Wallis slotted the ball through the sticks. During the course of the second half, Wasps’ excellent offloading and support play allowed them to run in several tries.
Swans remained upbeat and fought hard to the end but Wasps capitalised on a tiring side to increase their tally further.
Swans looked hopeful of breaking the Wasps’ defence with several opportunties to cut loose but were unlucky not to convert metres gained into points.
Women of the match were Steph Cregan and Kelly Harry.
The fixture provided an excellent grounding for Swans to build on and their fixture at Saracens next week will enable them to identify areas of improvement before the league kicks off on September 11.
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