Saracens - Team news: Saracens Women v DMP Sharks

Dec 07, 2018

Team news: Saracens Women v DMP Sharks

Head coach Alex Austerberry has made seven changes to Saracens Women’s starting XV for the Tyrrells Premier 15s clash against Darlington Mowden Park Sharks at Allianz Park on Saturday.

It’s a new-look front row from the one which faced Worcester Valkyries last weekend, with Hannah Botterman, Jodie Rettie and Jeani Layola replacing Elle Perry, May Campbell and Hannah Duffy, who are all on the bench.

Kay Searcy moves to blindside flanker in place of Kat Evans, and Bryony Cleall makes her return to number eight after being involved with England for the autumn internationals.

With Lauren Cattell missing through injury, Hannah Casey moves to outside centre and Cara Wardle starts at inside centre as Saracens Women look to retain their position at the top of the table.

Austerberry said: "We know the Sharks will be hunting for us on Saturday, and we need to ensure we build on some of the positives from last weekend.

“We expect DMP to come out fighting, so we need to match them physically but we don’t want it to become a scrap. Our focus has to be on our execution in both defence and attack ensuring we create opportunities and then take them.

“We need to keep building momentum and, more importantly, see if we can put a performance together for 80 minutes.”

Saracens Women squad to face Darlington Mowden Park Sharks on Saturday 8 December (15H45 KO):

FORWARDS (1-8): Hannah Botterman, Jodie Rettie, Jeani Layola, Lauren Newman, Rosie Galligan, Kay Searcy, Vicky Fleetwood, Bryony Cleall

BACKS (9-15): Georgie Gulliver, Zoe Harrison, Lotte Clapp ©, Cara Wardle, Hannah Casey, Georgie Lingham, Sarah McKenna

REPLACEMENTS: May Campbell,Elle Perry, Hannah Duffy, Kat Robinson, Sarah Bebbington, Eloise Hayward, Rowan White

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