“I thought Bryony Cleall was outstanding today. She put in a really good shift.”
Saracens Women maintained their imperious form to thrash Richmond Women at Allianz Park on Saturday – their fourth consecutive win without conceding a point.
In brutally cold, wet conditions, Richmond had no answer to the strength and pace of the Women in Black, who made two changes to the side that beat DMP Sharks last weekend, replacing Jodie Rettie and Jeani Layola with May Campbell and Hannah Duffy in the front row.
The last time these two sides faced each other, in late September, Richmond had the ascendancy in the first half, but it was the home side who started the brighter this time, Vicky Fleetwood powering down the left to score in the first minute.
That set the tone for the match, and soon after Bryony Cleall touched over after Saracens out-muscled Richmond in the scrum.
A moment of magic brought the third try, captain Lotte Clapp offloading with lightning quick hands to Cara Wardle, who burst through the middle of the Richmond defence for an easy score.
Richmond rarely threatened, but they had a try ruled out for knock on when Clapp’s pass back to Sarah McKenna was intercepted.
Sarries extended the scoreline 10 minutes before the break when Georgie Lingham showed her trademark electric pace, scorching from out wide on the right near the halfway line all the way to underneath the posts, leaving Richmond for dead.
Cleall grabed another just after half-time after some good possession on the right from the backs, and Lingham also doubled her tally by cutting through the defence on the right, again showing her impressive speed.
A long spell of possession deep in Richmond’s half eventually led to Saracens’ seventh try in the 68thminute, Cleall completing her hat-trick.
Cleall was instrumental in helping Lingham grab her third, too, showing immense strength to fend off four players before passing to Lingham to touch over.