Delighted Exeter Chiefs head coach Susie Appleby was full of praise for her side after they secured their first-ever victory in the Allianz Premier 15s with a 19-7 triumph over visiting Worcester Warriors at Sandy Park.
Tries from Lottie Holland, Emily Tuttosi and Laura Delgado, plus two conversions from the impressive Gabby Cantorna, sealed a historic win for the Devonians, who have adapted well to their maiden campaign in the women’s top flight.
Returning to action after a break in play for the culmination of the Six Nations Championship, Appleby hailed the fighting spirit of her side against the Warriors, who had opened the scoring through a converted try from Vicky Foxwell.
“That first try for them was an interception just through a poor decision, so they hadn’t necessarily deserved it,” said Appleby. “The good thing was it didn’t dampen the confidence of what we were doing, so that was really pleasing.”
Despite an early score in the second half from Laura Delgado, Appleby still wants to see more from her side, adding: “Second
half was probably a little disappointing that we didn’t kick on a little but, ultimately, to get a win and to learn how to win, and what it feels like, is really important for a team that is very young.”