Apr 07, 2018
SEMI FINAL PREVIEW: GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY VS SARACENS WOMEN
Saracens Women travel to Gloucester-Hartpury for the first leg of the Tyrrells Premier 15s semi final.
Rob Cain has made one change to the starting squad that toppled Bristol Ladies last week as Hannah Botterman comes in at loose head prop to replace the injured El Perry. Kat Evans and Sam Martinez Gion join her in the front row. Sarries veteran Sonia Green continues in the engine room alongside Tessa Wijmans and the formidable back row trio of Marlie Packer, Bryony and Poppy Cleall remains unchanged.
The back line remains the same with Lotte Clapp wearing the captain’s armband on the wing, joined by Emma Uren and Nina Vistisen in the back three. Helena Rowland and Lauren Cattell partner up in the midfield with Georgie Gulliver and Zoe Harrison selected as the half back pairing.
England U20’s lock Rosie Galligan returns from injury to feature amongst the replacements along with Sarah Barber who is called into the match day 22s.
Gloucester-Hartpury have made three changes from the line-up that defeated Loughborough Lightning last time out. England international Ellie Kildunne returns at full-back, Wales international Cerys Hale will start in the second row in place of the injured Molly Morrissey while Milly Wallis gets the nod at blindside flanker.
Ceri Large continues to captain from fly half with England internationals Sarah Bern, Bianca Blankburn and Kelly Smith also named
Head to Head
Sarries came away with a comfortable 33-7 win last time they travelled to Gloucester-Hartpury in round six, thanks to a brace from winger Garnet Mackinder, scores from Sonia Green, Rosie Galligan, Harriet Austin and points from the boots of April Brown and Zoe Harrison.
The return leg at Allianz Park in February was a different affair as Gloucester-Hartpury clawed back a fourteen point deficit, scoring two late tries through Ellie Underwood Mary-Ann Gittings to earn a 29-29 draw in a thrilling encounterr.
Rob Cain told Saracens.com: “With knock out rugby anything can happen so we want to make sure we that we really focus on the small details to make the big things happen. We’ve grown together throughout the campaign and are now ready for the challenge ahead.
Gloucester-Hartpury coach Suzie Appleby told their club website: “Saracens are an excellent side and have been the most consistent in the league this season, they have big ball carriers and a lot of pace in their back line. They are also one of the best defensive teams in the league. However, we scored five tries against them up at Allianz Park which gives us a lot of confidence and self-belief. We know we may get limited opportunities and we need to be accurate and ready to take them.
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