Wales rugby women end autumn campaign with a spirited defeat against Barbarians

Wales women found their feet in the second half but it was too little, too late (PA Images)
12:52pm, Sun 01 Dec 2019
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Wales Rugby women were defeated 29-15 by the Barbarians in their last game of the Autumn series.

Scores in the first half from Charmaine McMenamin, Lauren Harris, Jenny Murphy and Anna Caplice put the Baa-Baas comfortably out in front.

Former Welsh international Dyddegu Hywel was also on the scoreboard after an 80-metre run down the wing to add to the Baa-Baas' tally.

The game marked the first time the two sides have met in the women's game. A double header event with the men's teams drew a crowd of 12,600 fans to the Principality Stadium.

Wales picked up the pace in the second half with tries from Lisa Neumann, followed by Keria Bevan. 

Replacement Alex Callender broke away to score in the final minutes of the game but it was not enough to overcome the Baa-Baas' dominance. 

Wales head coach Gareth Wyatt told BBC Sport Wales: "I'm so pleased for the group with the way they've conducted themselves and shown how tight they are in that second half.

"It was a huge test today against some of the best players in the world, so it's also a benchmark of where we want to get to.

"In the Six Nations we know how strong England and France are, that's the sort of level that game today was at, and we're going in the right direction in closing that performance gap."

Wales won three of their five games during the autumn series having beaten Ireland, Scotland and Crawshays.