Apr 07, 2018
Saracens Women storm to semi final win
Saracens Women put together a masterclass in the first leg of the Tyrrells Premier 15s semi final securing a 62-0 win away to Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday. Five tries in the first half matched by five in the second was enough to give Rob Cain’s side a commanding lead going into the second leg at Allianz Park next weekend.
Sarries came out of the blocks quickly and never looked back as they put together a clinical performance against fourth placed Gloucester-Hartpury. The deadlock was broken after just five minutes as Sarries looked to bring their catch and drive game into play. Marlie Packer popping up from the pile of bodies to claim the score and get Sarries on the scoreboard.
Helena Rowland was on hand to deliver a superb solo effort as the eighteen year old ghosted through the Gloucester defence to touch down under the sticks and adding the extras to her own score four minutes later.
The pressure kept on coming as Sarries added another two scores within nine minutes - prop Sam Martinez-Gion bulldozing over from close range followed by captain Lotte Clapp who was on the shoulder of a Zoe Harrison break for try number four. Rowland adding the kicks to extend the lead.
Sarries secured their fifth of the afternoon on the stroke of half time and Clapp was in the thick of it again after slicing the Gloucester-Hartpury defence wide open for Bryony Cleall to finish giving the visitors a 33-0 lead going into the break.
With the knock outs being played over two legs, Cain’s side knew every point counted so continued to ramp up the pressure after the interval with Hannah Botterman smashing through two minutes into the second period.
Packer crossed for her second after fifty five minutes on the back of another dominant maul which Rowland duly converted. Replacement winger Garnet Mackinder was quick to get in on the action ten minutes later as she showed a clean pair of heels to score in the corner.
Player of the Match Poppy Cleall appeared to be in her element, dominating the upfront battle but also displaying her ability in the loose as she made yards with every carry. She was rewarded for her efforts with a second score following a break from Cattell and then touches from Cara Wardle and Sonia Green.
Saracens work rate and intensity was relentless until the final whistle as Mackinder darted over for her second to round off a flawless performance and a 62-0 win leaving Gloucester-Hartpury a mountain to climb on the return leg next Saturday.
15 Nina Vistisen; 14 Emma Uren (Mackinder 53’); 13 Lauren Cattell; 12 Helena Rowland; 11 Lotte Clapp ©; 10 Zoe Harrison (Wardle 58’); 9 Georgie Gulliver (Swords 63’); 1 Hannah Botterman (Barber 65’); 2 Kat Evans (Campbell 58’); 3 Sam Martinez Gion; 4 Sonia Green; 5 Tess Wijmans (Galligan 53’); Packer; 6 Bryony Cleall; 7 Marlie Packer (Searcy 65); 8 Poppy Cleall
Replacements 16 May Campbell; 17 Sarah Barber; 18 Rosie Galligan; 19 Kay Searcy; 20 Emma Swords; 21 Cara Wardle; 22 Garnet Mackinder
Scores: Packer (5’, 55’); Rowland (9’); Martinez Gion (12’); Clapp (18’); B Cleall (40’); Botterman (42’); Mackinder (65’, 78’); Cleall (68’)
Conversions Rowland x 6
Tickets for the home semi final at Allianz Park on Saturday 14th April can be purchased via www.saracens.com
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