Feb 03, 2018
Saracens Women back to winning ways in Premier 15s
Saracens Women got their Tyrrells Premier 15s campaign firmly back on track with a comprehensive seven try victory against London rivals Richmond Ladies at Allianz Park on Saturday. An early penalty try followed by scores from Lotte Clapp, Rosie Galligan, Bryony Cleall, Garnet Mackinder and two from Emma Uren handed Sarries a 41-0 win in round fourteen to cement the north London side at the top of the table.
Sarries stamped their intent on proceedings early on in what would prove to be a good day at the office for the forward pack as they won the first scrum against the head in the first of many turnovers at set piece. Richmond struggled to contain Sarries up front; first conceding at the lineout after a surging maul and when Clapp opted for the scrum five metres out, the Women in Black walked it over with the referee pointing under the posts for a penalty try after six minutes.
Winger Lotte Clapp got on the score sheet minutes later as Helena Rowland threaded a beautifully weighted ball in behind for the captain to cross.
It was one way traffic for the first quarter as Sarries exercised a brutal blend of power and pace to keep Richmond on the back foot. Bulldozing carries from Hannah Botterman and Bryony Cleall lead Sarries into the red zone and after a patient build up, the Richmond defence was breached as Player of the Match Rosie Galligan bullied her way over for try number three after seventeen minutes.
Richmond sprang to life in the second quarter enjoying a good spell of possession and territory courtesy of smart kicking from fly half Abi Chamberlain and carries from skipper Laura Kapo. A succession of penalties against the home side put Richmond deep into the Sarries half but some trademark wolfpack defence lead by stalwart Sonia Green coupled with a phenomenal forwards effort at the scrum kept the visitors at bay and scoreless going into the break.
A yellow card for Richmond prop Anna-Marie Butler early into the second half helped Sarries get a foothold as they opted for a string of scrums for penalties from close range. Bryony Cleall secured the bonus point after a period camped on the line as she muscled her way over on the fifty first minute with Rowland landing a tricky touchline conversion.
Head coach Rob Cain rang the changes in the final quarter and will be encouraged by the impact of his bench, including debutants Bronwen Jackson-Turner and Leonie Hollstein. German international Hollstein getting an early touch to put Garnet Mackinder over in the corner to extend Sarries lead to 31-0.
Centre Emma Uren closed out the game with two late scores of her own in the final ten minutes. The first effort coming from an overlap on the left wing which she duly exploited and the second from a rampaging scrum against the head in the dying seconds as she cut through under the posts to round off the score at 41-0.
Speaking after the match Rob Cain said: “I’m really happy for the players today - all their hard work during the week really showed itself in their performance. The whole group performed so well in the conditions and it was great to see so many new faces step up to the Tyrrells Prem. So much hard work goes on behind the scenes and it’s always great to see players take their opportunities. Our decision making in contact and ability to put the ball in the right areas on our terms was the big difference today. Our handling and ability to generate quick ball was down to the whole teams work ethic for each other.”
15 Nina Vistisen; 14 Garnet Mackinder (Lingham 60’); 13 Emma Uren; 12 Cara Wardle (Hollstein 55’); 11 Lotte Clapp ©; 10 Helena Rowland; 9 Emma Swords (Wrywas 60’); 1 El Perry; 2 Kat Evans (Cooper-Wall 60’); 3 Hannah Botterman (Barber 60’); 4 Anna Stodter (Jackson-Turner 55’) ; 5 Sonia Green ; 6 Rosie Galligan; 7 Harriet Austin (Wijmans 70’); 8 Bryony Cleall
Replacements 16 Scarlett Cooper-Wall; 17 Sarah Barber; 18 Tess Wijmans; 19 Bronwen Jackson-Turner; 20; Ella Wyrwas; 21 Leonie Hollstein; 22 Georgie Lingham
Scores: Penalty try (6’); Clapp (10’); Galligan (17’); Cleall (51’); Mackinder (57’); Uren (71’, 80’)
Conversions Rowland 2/7