Oct 27, 2015
Saracens Women return to winning ways
Saracens Women got their Premiership title campaign back on track as they secured a bonus point win away to Bristol on Sunday.
Following last week’s narrow defeat to Richmond, Saracens came out firing from the off against the West Country side who sat level on points going into the fixture.
The home side struggled to cope with wave after wave of Saracens attack and the destructive back row of Hannah Gallagher, Sonia Green and Poppy Cleall punched holes through the midfield throughout. Cleall bullied her way through to open the Saracens account. Winger Debs Fleming scored her first try of the afternoon against her former club following a break and some smart handling from centre Lauren Cattell.
The move was replicated minutes later with Cattell and Fleming linking up for the winger to score and then a superb solo effort from Fleming saw her secure a first half hat trick as she danced through the Bristol defence. Saracens continued to pile on the pressure with fly-half April Brown charging down a kick for Nina Vistisen to gather and score; the bonus point wrapped up for the visitors by half time.
After the break Bristol continued to press and solid work by Sarah Hunter and Izzy Noel Smith allowed the home side to generate some much needed quick ball and momentum. Winger Sydney Gregson looked dangerous with ball in hand as she used her pace to challenge the Saracens defence.
The first score of the second period however came via Cleall driving over from close range. Saracens seventh and final score of the day came courtesy of a strong scrum as skipper Sonia Green dotted down from the back.
Saracens were awarded with a penalty in the final play of the game and chose to run it, however the Bristol team continued to fight until the death and successfully turned the ball over. Replacement Sue Neumann broke the line to neatly offload to Sarah Bern whose try was well deserved after a solid shift by the young Bristol centre.
Head coach Rob Cain: “Today was a very positive performance against a talented and hardworking team. Our speed of thought and accuracy in attack highlighted how dangerous we can be and proved to be the difference.
“Our defensive attitude and intensity continues to improve each week with player of the match May Campbell leading the way against her former club. This concludes the first round of games and I feel we are in a good place to kick on into the second round. Our next focus is a solid start to the second half of the season away to Worcester next Sunday and continuing to improve our performance.”