WINDSOR Dames captain Chloe Baker is keen to take the positives from a 24-14 defeat against Portsmouth Valkyries.

Tries from Ash Bryne and Liz Roe plus conversions by Sophie Harrison and Cherelle Jameson were not enough to avoid a third straight loss in all competitions.

However, despite missing regular players through injury and unavailability, Baker insists Windsor remained competitive in the South East West One fixture at Home Park.

Speaking to the Observer, the Dames captain said: “It was not the result we wanted or the one we set out to get, but on reflection we have to look at the positives and there are a lot to take away.

“We stuck to the gameplan and put the ball through hands to work it out wide and look really good. We got tries from that and it shows that when we want to play we really can.

“Portsmouth broke through us a couple of times which was disappointing, but credit to them for that.

“Within our squad we had quite a few players missing who are regulars for us through availability or injury. We have quite a few injuries at the moment.

“But, a massive positive is it shows we have depth in the squad to still put out a strong team and put in a good performance.

“Two of our players made their debuts for us and played in their first competitive game of rugby, so it shows the work that we’re doing to develop players.”

The defeat leaves Windsor fourth in the league table ahead of a visit to bottom side Harlequins 3s on Sunday, November 5.

Baker said: “We’re going to take the disappointment of Sunday as motivation for the game at Harlequins.”

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