Jan 26, 2019
Match Report: Saracens Women 17-14 Bristol Bears Women
Saracens Women recorded their 10th Tyrrells Premier League victory on the bounce with a narrow win over Bristol Bears Women at Allianz Park on Saturday.
With seven internationals missing from Saracens’ starting line-up, sixth-placed Bristol Bears might have fancied their chances of causing an upset against the top of the league, but they could not compete with the home side’s strength in depth.
With second-placed Harlequins Ladies narrowly beating Wasps earlier in the day to reduce the gap to three points, the pressure was on for Sarries, but Georgie Lingham gave them the ideal start with a try in the second minute, stretching to go over in the right corner after a trademark burst of pace.
Bristol enjoyed plenty of pressure in the opening stages but were out-muscled by the Saracens’ pack, and both sides found themselves making errors at crucial moments after threatening to add to the score.
Nina Vistisen did find a way through in the 21stminute, however. Playing at full-back as cover for England’s Sarah McKenna, she showed a great turn of pace to break the line after a solid build-up.
In the second half, Lingham’s speed proved the difference again when Sarries broke from the halfway line and worked the ball out right for her to dot down her second try of the game in the 57thminute.
Bristol thought they had pulled one back in the 65thminute but were penalised for knocking the ball on a metre from the try line, but five minutes later they did get off the mark through Florence Long, capitalising on Saracens having only 14 players after a yellow card for Bryony Cleall.
Saracens were made to endure a nervous last few minutes for the second week running when Lucy Atwood scored to bring the score to 17-14, but they held on to ensure they head into the long break for the Six Nations seven points clear at the top of the table.
The Women in Black return to action on Saturday 23rdMarch for the penultimate game before the play-offs.