Aug 08, 2016
Saracens Women make Sevens History
Saracens Women made history at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday as they lifted the inaugural Women's Premiership 7s trophy with a 29-7 victory versus Bristol.
After coming away from two major finals this season empty handed, Saracens were determined to go one better and did so in emphatic style. Unbeaten throughout the tournament, the North London side breezed past Lichfield & Wasps in the pools but were made to work hard against a strong Bristol side who they would later meet in the final – a score in the final play by the experienced Charlotte Barras enough to take the group stage win. A 31-7 victory against Aylesford in the semis guaranteed them a slot at the live televised final at the Ricoh Arena.
First half tries from Mackinder, Vistisen and Okemba gave Saracens a comfortable 17-0 lead at the break. Bristol hit back through Vaughan Fowler to give Bristol some hope however further scores from Vistisen and Sarries speedster Garnet Mackinder, notching up ten tries in the tournament, was enough to seal victory and claim the Women’s Premiership 7s title for Saracens.
“It’s a great feeling becoming the first Women's Premiership 7s Champions” said head coach Rob Cain.
“The girls have been quietly working hard towards this event and grew as a team through the pool stages and knockouts, saving their best performance for the final. Yesterday proved not just how many talented players we have at the club but also how many mentally strong players we have too. To beat Bristol in our pool game on the final whistle after emptying the bench was a complete squad performance and to come back after conceding a soft try to Aylesford to score 5 tries unresponded in our semi final showed how much hunger we have within our group.
"Everyone who was involved made huge impacts throughout the day. We had pace and power from Garnet Mackinder and Seraphine Okemba, Charlotte Lord-Sallenave and Rachael Potter. Defensive rocks in Georgia Peedle Charlotte Barras, Lucie Wood and Anna Stodter and some great play makers in Nina Vistisen, Lauren Cattell and Eloise Bloomfield. Kat Evans also did a fantastic job leading the squad as captain.
“This is a great way to start our season and we will hope this can be a springboard to create even more special memories this coming season.
Saracens Women 29 (Mackinder 2, Okemba, Vistisen 2)
Bristol Ladies 7 (Vaughan Fowler)
- Anna Stodter
- Lucie Wood
- Charlotte Barras
- Nina Vistisen
- Rachael Potter
- Georgia Peedle
- Katherine Evans
- Lauren Cattell
- Eloise Bloomfield
- Garnet Mackinder
- Seraphine Okemba
- Charlotte Lord-Sallenave
Photo: Pinnacle Agency