Nov 16, 2015
Saracens Women weather the storm
Saracens Women continued their winning ways in a close encounter away to Lichfield on Sunday.
The visitors knew they would need to notch it up another level if they were to overcome Lichfield who have been enjoying a recent good run of form and have their eyes firmly set on a play off place. Missing several players to international duty and injury, Saracens were forced to call in a raft of changes but the new look team stepped up in a much improved performance from last week’s outing against Wasps.
It was the home side that started brightest, piling on early pressure and were rewarded with a try within 4 minutes courtesy of centre Chrissie Siczowa. Lichfield continued to dominate possession and territory throughout the first quarter demonstrating aggression at the breakdown and clinical handling. Saracens regrouped and began to build some momentum of their own, starting to play with more structure and creating quick ball. Fullback Nina Vistisen got Saracens on the board as she finished a free flowing passage of play from the backs with centre Brooke Sim putting her through the hole to score.
Lichfield continued to press forward and the reigning champions defence was tested each phase of play which was great for the neutral spectator. Saracens held firm, tackle after tackle and the momentum swung back in their favour with some fierce attacking play, the ball moved wide and Vistisen was once again put away through the gap to take a narrow 5 point lead into the break.
With the wind with them for the second half, Saracens used it to their advantage to turn the opposition through the accurate kicking of April Brown, Brooke Sim and George Gulliver. They continued to raise the tempo and their solid set piece rewarded them with a push over try for lock Marcella Collins.
Lichfield pressed hard but Saracens defensive attitude was working in overdrive to keep them pinned back in their 22. A turnover and some well worked hands allowed winger Ama Mayes to score their fourth and final try. The home side battled to the end and as Saracens replacement Jen Taylor was shown yellow in the dying minutes they took advantage of the extra player and captain Tash Jones was able to score in the corner in the final play.
Head coach Rob Cain – “It was a great effort from everyone involved; a real squad performance today. Lichfield threw everything they had at us and the way the girls responded was huge. Lauren Newman’s tackle count was enormous and she must have covered every inch of the park. Young gun May Campbell carried well and was a constant threat and the new partnership of April Brown and Brooke Sim was really encouraging. Our physicality and decision making was the difference and is continuing to improve each week. We are just beginning to show what we can do as units and as a team this bodes well for remaining fixtures into the play offs.”
Tries: Siczowa (4), Jones (80)
Tries: Vistisen (15,30) Collins (50) Mayes (55)
Saracens Women: 15 Nina Vistisen; 14 Deborah Fleming; 13 Laura Dowsett; 12 Brooke Sim; 11 Ama Mayes; 10 April Brown; 9 Georgia Gulliver; 1.Karlee Walters; 2 May Campbell; 3 Geri Thomas 4 Marcella Collins; 5 Avery Potter; 6 Lauren Newman; 7 Poppy Cleall; 8 Sonia Green (c)
Replacements: 16 Kat Evans; 17 Jen Taylor; 18 Rachael Potter