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Crewe and Nantwich RUFC Ladies continued their unbeaten league run in impressive style with a clinical demolition of Vagabond Ladies at Crewe Vagrants.

Four tries from captain India Perris-Redding, a hat-trick from returning winger Mary Shepperson and a brace each from Phoebe Jay and Millie Jones put the Isle of Man side to the sword in an impressive display of running rugby.

Christine Lawson, Katie Heirene and Kayla Hughes put in a dominant back-row performance in the first half to give Crewe the majority of possession and on the front foot with Nicole Bell and Mollie Latham proving to be a real handful in the midfield, breaking the gain line repeatedly to give the fast outside backs time and space to run.

India opened the scoring on just five minutes played, with Latham scoring herself just moments later.

Jordan Morris put in a strong performance out of position at full-back, cleaning up loose ball effectively and linking with Jay and Jones in the wide channels.

Although the backs dominated the scoresheet, it was the physicality of the tight five that ultimately decided the game.

The Crewe scrum was dominant with Cherie Davies putting in her best performance of the season from lock, repeatedly driving hard into the Vagabond midfield with Jodie Hind also making a nuisance of herself, particularly in the tackle.

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Although Vagabond rallied well in the second half to score a good try after a period of good possession, Crewe used the bench well to maintain a high-tempo, finishing the stronger side, scoring 22 unanswered points in the last quarter.

Crewe now sit 12 points clear at the top of National Challenge 1 League, just two bonus point victories away from winning the league.

They next play Southport Ladies away from home in the Junior Plate competition on January 27.

Coach Matt Baty said: “At times we were untouchable.

“The most pleasing feature was that players are starting to show their versatility.

“We have been forced to change key backs partnerships several times this season and it has had minimal effect on the flow of the game.”

Captain India Perris-Redding sai: “We’ve had a gruelling January with three big fixtures already, so to continue to be unbeaten and, if anything getting better is amazing.

“As always there is work to do but it’s incredible that we can have so many changes to our squad and still continue to win.”

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