Oct 07, 2017
Saracens Women outmuscle Wasps Ladies at Allianz Park
Saracens Women continued their unbeaten Tyrrells Premier 15s run as they ran riot at Allianz Park racking up a 30-0 win over London rivals, Wasps Ladies. Tries from Helena Rowland, Garnet Mackinder, Lotte Clapp, Marlie Packer and ten points from fly half Zoe Harrison made it four from four in the new competition.
The sides were evenly matched in the opening encounters as they tentatively settled into the game with both teams enjoying spells of possession in the middle of the park but unable to strike. Eighteen year old centre Helena Rowland broke the deadlock after seventeen minutes as the Sarries backline began to fire into life. Nina Vistisen burst through the midfield and the home side exploited the overlap for the young centre to open the scoring.
The score appeared to lift the home side and they never looked back as they began to dominate territory and possession. Poppy Cleall, Lotte Clapp and Rowan White posed a constant attacking threat as Sarries ramped up the pressure. Wasps were forced to concede multiple penalties in an attempt to quash the tempo and were punished as Harrison added three points from a penalty for not rolling at the breakdown.
Wasps tried to get into the game with carries from back row duo Alice Sheffield and Harriet Millar Mills, however struggled to make yards as they were swarmed by a Sarries defence. The visitors began to play through the phases but a knock on the midfield was quickly pounced upon by veteran Sonia Green and was quickly recycled out to Garnet Mackinder who left Wasps in her wake as she stormed down the right wing for Sarries second score.
Flanker Nicola Smith found herself in trouble as she was sent to the bin for persistent team infringements and Sarries took immediate advantage to set up an attack from a driving maul which was illegally sacked but played on as Harrison spotted the gap to dart in under the posts and give the homes side a twenty point lead going into the break.
Lotte Clapp put in another captain’s performance making yards on every carry as she carved up the Wasps defence. The winger finishing a great team try as the forwards gave front foot ball and the final pass was floated out by Vistisen to extend Sarries lead.
Saracens forwards coach Neil Harris will be encouraged by his pack as they stepped it up against an experienced international front row. Player of the Match Loz Salisbury was impressive throughout at loosehead prop as Sarries used their effective set piece to their advantage. After winning a penalty on the 22 metre line, Harrison nudged to the corner as the Women in Black hunted down a sixth try in the closing stages. Wasps were unable to stop the surge of Sarries forwards as they mauled it over the line for Packer to add to her try tally and round off an impressive victory.
Speaking after the match, head coach Rob Cain said: “I’m really pleased for all the players today. Their attacking intent and work rate in defence was rewarded by scoring some great team tries and stopping Wasps from scoring any points. Our front five put in a huge shift today and their tireless work allowed us to continue to tire the Wasps pack and play with some great tempo.
“We got our balance right in attack with our ball carriers exposing the areas we wanted to and scored some exciting team tries. The lessons we learn each game allow us to keep growing and push on even harder each week.”
15 Rowan White (Barras 64) ;14 Garnet Mackinder (Wyrwas 64) ; 13 Helena Rowland; 12 Nina Vistisen; 11 Lotte Clapp ©; 10 Zoe Harrison; 9 Georgie Gulliver (Brown 60) ; 1 Loz Salisbury (Martinez 57) ; 2 Kat Evans (Thomas 57) ; 3 Hannah Botterman (Perry 56); 4 Sonia Green ; 5 Valeria Fedrighi; 6 Kay Searcy (Siczowa 57) ; 7 Marlie Packer; 8 Poppy Cleall
Replacements 16 El Perry; 17 Geri Thomas; 18 Sam Martinez Gion; 19 Chrissy Siczowa 20 April Brown; 21 Ella Wyrwas; 22 Charlotte Barras
Scores Tries Rowland (17’); Mackinder (26); Harrison (33’); Clapp (51’); Packer (70’)
Cons Harrison 1/6
Images courtesy of Daniel Nechita