Sep 22, 2015
New signings shine for Saracens Women
Saracens Women looked in fine form away to Wasps running in eight tries, five of those coming from players making their debuts for the club.
The visitors were able to take control early on with some tidy work from the pack sucking in Wasps to go through the hands for debutant centre Carrie Roberts to score out wide. Saracens began to dominate possession and set up deep into Wasps territory.
The Saracens scrum proved unstoppable throughout, forcing a penalty but it wasn’t needed as quick thinking Charlotte Barras played the advantage to put newcomer Deborah Fleming into the corner. Fleming got her second of the day again courtesy of some solid forward play at the line out, allowing powerful runner Roberts to break the midfield defence and link up with the winger. Wasps hit back against the run of play, kicking a penalty into the corner and from the recycled ball showed some nifty footwork to beat the Saracens defence and stretch for the line.
Upfront, Saracens front row of Kerrie-Ann Craddock, Geri Thomas and Jeani Vinueza Yoyola flexed their muscle, dominating not only at set piece time but around the park as they teamed up to hold up a Wasps maul, stripping them of ball for scrumhalf George Gulliver to make an electric break and score. Roberts added the conversion. The home side hit back just before halftime, kicking a penalty into the corner. They recycled the ball from a driving maul to crash over from short range narrowing the gap to 10-22.
Saracens came out firing after the break, Fleming showing her speed and securing her hat trick following a powerful scrum and some slick handling to pick up the bonus point. The north London side will be encouraged by the impact of their newcomers as teenager May Campbell looked comfortable ball in hand, putting Lotte Clapp into space to make a 50 metre break down the wing. A resilient Wasps defence brought her down short of the line but Clapp was able to offload to flyhalf Nina Vistisen for the score. The one way traffic continued as a handling error by Wasps in the midfield was hacked through and gathered by Leanne Riley, linking with flanker Hannah Gallagher who was fully deserving of the try having had worked tirelessly throughout.
Debutant and player of the match Fleming, not content with her hat trick, added one more through a solid scrum platform and classy interplay from the backs. Roberts added the extras to wrap things up and take the final score to 10-46.
Head coach Rob Cain – “The coaching staff were really happy with the team’s performance yesterday. We were positive with the ball in hand and our hard-working, dominant set piece and breakdown work allowed this to happen. It was also great to see our new players stepping up, making their mark and slotting in so well with the squad. Things are beginning to fall into place for us after all our hard pre-season work. Each week our performances get a little better but now our attention turns to Lichfield this Saturday and we will continue to work hard to improve on yesterday’s game.”
Saracens Women play Lichfield in round 4 of the Premiership this Saturday, 11:00 KO at Allianz Park as a curtain raiser to Saracens vs Northampton Saints.
Photo – Debutants, May Campbell, Deborah Fleming and Carrie Roberts