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Women’s Premiership Review – Round 10

18 December 2012

  • Worcester’s unprecedented league run continues
  • Lichfield move up to third on the league ladder

Worcester 48 Thurrock 5

Premiership leaders Worcester


Worcester’s best ever run in Premiership history continued at the weekend with the Midlanders securing their ninth win of the season, this time over Thurrock.

Worcester ran out 48-5 winners and they powered into the match with three near tries in the opening ten minutes, all of which were held up by a determined Thurrock side.

The break-through came for Worcester though when Sam Bree went clear to score on 15 minutes. She soon followed up that effort with a second on 26 minutes, with Darryl Poole this time adding the extras to make the score 12-0.

Worcester soon increased their lead further, running in two more tries before the break with England pair Katherine Merchant and Lydia Thompson taking the spoils, and making the score 24-0 at half-time.

The second half saw Thurrock battle vigorously and their determined efforts were justly rewarded with a try on 57 minutes from Veronica Gly. However, Worcester had increased their lead to 36 points with further tries from Sarah Guest and Poole, with Megan Goddard adding the extras on this occasion.

The home side then closed down the game with Bree completing her hat-trick and Merchant running in for a second touch down.

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 14 Richmond 38

England and Richmond lock Rowena Burnfield continued her impressive form in the Premiership at the weekend, playing a significant role in her side’s 14-38 victory over struggling Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.

Burnfield added to her try tally this season running in another two tries in Sunday’s six-try win. There were also touch downs for Annabel Sergeant, Elisha Dee, Rebecca Essex and Becky Ball, while Abigail Chamberlain added four penalties.

Richmond taking their eighth win in nine outings this season they continue to keep the pressure on Worcester at the top of the table.

Lichfield 24 Saracens 10

Lichfield Ladies moved up to third in the Premiership on Sunday thanks to a 24-10 defeat of Saracens.

Lichfield had to work hard for the victory and there were some good runs from Chelsey Fuggle and Kaz Harris initially. An infringement by Saracens also presented Lichfield with the first scoring opportunity – a penalty just outside Saracens’ 22 – but the kick went wide.

Saracens kept coming back at their hosts and a lovely passage of play followed and brought Saracens within sight of the try-line. But Lichfield held firm and forced a knock-on. In the end, however, the pressure from Saracens took its toll and Rebecca Bushell barged her way over the try-line.

Good work from the kick-off saw Lichfield win the ball, and although Saracens regained possession inside their own half, a great interception by Lichfield’s Vicki Jackson put her through to score under the posts. The try was duly converted by England star Emily Scarratt, putting hosts into a 7-5 lead.

England lock Emily Braund added Lichfield’s second try after the home side’s pack forced a turn-over. The ball was popped up to Braund who ran through to score. Scarratt again added the extras to hand Lichfield a nine point cushion.

Lichfield were now on a roll which Saracens couldn’t stop. From the restart, they spread the ball out-wide to Carys Williams, who made 40 metres and could only be stopped by a good tackle from Saracens’ Charlotte Goode.

Lichfield were then awarded a scrum on the Saracens’ five metre line, and Saracens couldn’t cope with the scrummaging power of the Lichfield pack, and they drove over the try-line. Harriet Millar-Mills took the spoils, making the score 19-5 at half time.

After the break, a powerful run by Poppy Cleall broke Lichfield’s defence, and then some quick ball saw Saracens touch down for their second try but that is where their charge ended.

Instead, Lichfield turned the tables and some good work by Ally Taft at a scrum saw England hooker Vicky Fleetwood run in Lichfield’s fourth and final try.

Bristol v Wasps

Bristol’s match with Wasps was postponed due to a waterlogged and frozen pitch.