DORCHESTER, Weymouth & Portland ladies' rugby team took part in the Yeovil RFC Inner Warrior Camp running alongside the RFU's Inner Warrior initiative.

Using the camp as preparation for their first game on Sunday, September 17 at Havant, the club won two of its three matches during the event.

After a 41-5 loss to Topsham, the ladies roared back with 22-5 and 17-5 wins over Chard, then Swanage & Wareham.

Warrior Camps are held regularly at clubs across the country and are a fun-packed, commitment-free way for females to get outside, get muddy and experience the dynamic, exhilarating sport of rugby.

The tournament saw teams from Chard, Topsham, Wareham & Swanage plus hosts Yeovil themselves.

These were Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland's first pre-season friendly matches prior to their first game.

It was a great way to introduce the new team members, including Jenna Taylor, Imogen Parker, Beth Carr, who had risen from the youth setup.

There were also some who had only been playing rugby for a couple of months prior, such as Steph Farr, Aimee Gawler, and Kirsty van Deurs Goss, allowing them to get to know and learn their team better in an actual game, rather than weekly training sessions.

The ladies had an extremely successful, if not soggy, day. Their first game against Topsham was a little rocky as the team found its feet but game two against Chard saw great defensive play from the ladies who stormed to victory.

In the final game against Swanage & Wareham, although tired and drenched, the ladies kept it together and managed to secure victory.

Team coach Samantha Wilson said: "I am so very proud of the ladies today, it was a good start to the season."