Apr 10, 2015
Saracens Women's look ahead to Cup Final
Reigning Premiership Champions Saracen Women will be looking to add more silverware this season as they take on London rivals Wasps in the English Cup Final on Saturday at Lichfield RFC.
Saracens Women continued their stellar league form into the cup clocking big wins against Worcester, Trojans, Camp Hill and a more modest result away to Lichfield. The only blot to their record came in the form of a narrow defeat away to Wasps last month.
In a tight pool, 3 teams were level on points at the end of the group stages so number of tries scored was the deciding factor as to who reached the semi finals with Wasps taking top spot and Saracens runners up. An away semi final against London rivals and current Cup holders, Richmond was waiting after they topped their pool. As expected, this was an intense, physical battle with both teams throwing everything at it.
The home side were leading at the break but a spirited fightback from the visitors in the second half got them back in the race allowing Saracens to edge the victory by a single point 13-14, to book them a place in the final.
Wasps enjoyed a more comfortably victory in their semi final beating Championship side Waterloo 41-24 to reach their second consecutive Cup final.
"Obviously everyone at the club is excited for this weekend’s cup final and it would be remiss of me of me not to say that everyone is aware of the possibility of securing the league and cup double this Saturday,” said head coach, Rob Cain. “We have had some very close games in our cup campaign so far and we expect this weekend to be another tightly fought contest. Having lost to Wasps in our pool match a lot of people thought we were out of the cup but the girls dug deep and produced two fantastic performances to reach the final.”
“This campaign has allowed us to use an extended squad and given some of our players the opportunity to step up and play and they’ve really taken their chances and shone. It’s really encouraging to know that we’ve got strength and depth across the club.”
“If you ask me, can we win it? Like always we will turn up, play some positive rugby, throw the ball about and focus on our performance. The result will look after itself."
Players to Watch
Saracens - Zira Handley
The speedy fullback has impressed throughout the Cup campaign as Saracens leading scorer clocking an incredible 16 tries and 92 points in 6 matches, including a superb 46 point solo contribution against Trojans.
A constant threat and natural finisher, she will be looking to add to her try tally in the final.
Wasps - Sarah Mitchelson
Wasps centre, Sarah Mitchelson has been dangerous throughout the season and got her name on the scoresheet in their semi final encounter. Saracens will need to be wary of the talented Army player’s ball carrying ability on Saturday.
Both Handley and Mitchelson have been nominated for the ‘Premiership Player of the Year Award’ which is announced at the final. Handley is nominated alongside Saracens team mates Vicky Fleetwood, Sonia Green and Poppy Cleall.
Meetings this season
Wasps 15 Saracens 10
English Senior Cup - 01/03/2015
Saracens 30 Wasps 0
Premiership – 18/01/2015
Wasps 19 Saracens 22