Nov 28, 2016
Saracens Women Seal Bonus Point Win v Lichfield Ladies
Rob Cain’s side got their Premiership campaign back on track with a five try victory over Midlands outfit, Lichfield Ladies on Saturday at Allianz Park. After a loss away to Lichfield last time out, Saracens were keen to come back fighting and they did just that, running in five answered tries and earning themselves an all important bonus point.
First half tries from Bryony Cleall, Geri Thomas and a couple from winger Chrissy Siczowa gave the home side a comfortable lead going into the break. Fly half Zoe Harrison scored the only points of the second period with a converted try which was enough to secure the win.
No. 8 Bryony Cleall was the first to get her name on the scoresheet as she burrowed over from close range. A fumbled Lichfield lineout on the Saracens line allowed Nina Vistisen to break, but the fullback was chased down just metres short, however the ball was patiently recycled for Cleall to crash over.
Shortly after the return of skipper Sonia Green from the bin following an infringement for crossing, Sarries went over for their second with Siczowa pouncing on a loose clearance kick to dance her way down the touchline and dot down. The winger added to her tally six minutes later as the Sarries pack piled on the pressure up front at scrum time and the ball was drifted out to Siczowa in the corner.
After Lichfield centre Carys Williams was shown a yellow card, Sarries struck again through replacement hooker, Geri Thomas crossed on the stroke of half time as some quick thinking from scrumhalf April Brown on a penalty put Thomas through the gap and give the home side a 20-0 lead at the break.
The second half of the match wasn’t without controversy as the referee dealt a further four cards, including three yellows for Becky Roby, April Brown and Anna Stodter, and a red card for Lichfield’s Carys Williams for foul play. A combination of the sin bins and both sides emptying the bench lead to large periods of messy play with neither team able to get a foothold.
Harrison was able to spot the gap early on the second period as she split the defence to glide over for Sarries fifth try but that was the last of the scoring for the afternoon as the home side walked to a comfortable victory.
Speaking after the match, head coach Rob Cain said “I’m really pleased with our performance today. There are a couple of things we still need to work on but there were lots of positives to take and I’m happy we came out all guns blazing into this second round of matches. We had six players under the age of twenty today and we’ve got a nice blend with them alongside the senior, more experienced players and driving our inner competition.”
Tries: B Cleall (15); Siczowa (31, 37); Thomas (40); Harrison (46)
Cons: Harrison 1/5
Replacements used: Thomas for Evans (29); Galligan for Cleall (40); Perry for Craddock (40); Stodter for Newman (50); Goddard for Siczowa (52)
Yellow cards: Green (20); Roby (50); Brown (67); Stodter (72)
Yellow card: Williams (39)
Red card: Williams (73)