- Worcester thump Saracens to remain top of the table
- Richmond win keeps reigning champs on track near the summit of Women's Premiership
Saracens 7 Worcester 57
An away trip to London did not put league leaders Worcester off their stride as they eased to an impressive 57-7 victory over Saracens.
The win, which keeps the Midlanders firmly at the top of the Premiership table, saw tries for Danielle Waterman, Katherine Merchant (2), Heather Fisher and Ceri Large in the first half, whilst Saracens had no response.
Worcester maintained their dominance after the break with Waterman adding a second touchdown whilst Laura Keates and Karen Jones were also on the score-board.
Canada’s Mandy Marchak scored Saracens’ only try.
Richmond 58 Thurrock 10
Reigning Premiership champions Richmond kept the pressure on top of the table Worcester with their fourth win of the season, this time over strugglingThurrock.
Richmond ran in ten tries on-route to the 58-10 victory. England’s Abigail Chamberlain opened the home side’s account within four minutes with a try, which her international teammate, Claire Allan, soon matched.
Richmond didn’t have it all their own way though when Thurrock flanker Gaelle Marcassus drove over from a line-out to put the league newcomers on the scoreboard. But the hosts soon hit back though with tries from Francesca Matthews and Allan again making it 22-5 after 25 minutes.
Another score came Thurrock’s way, with the help of the sin binning of Richmond’s Rowena Burnfield, with Katy Fenn going over. Richmond looked briefly subdued but then Annabel Sergeant broke through a handful of tackles to score at half-time, making it 27-10.
The second half, however, turned into a one sided affair. Matthews touched down for her second try and replacement Holly Myers also added her name to the score-board.
Player of the match Ellisha Dee added another try as did Chamberlain. Matthews then completed a hat-trick of tries on 70 minutes to seal a comprehensive victory for Richmond.
Lichfield 21 Bristol 26
Lichfield hit back from a 14-0 deficit at half-time to come within touching distance of stealing victory from Bristol.
An on-form Bristol outfit powered out of the blocks in the first half to take a convincing lead with England’s Isabelle Noel Smith scoring early on. Sally Tuson then ran in Bristol’s second on the half hour. With Amber Reed converting the visitors took a 14-0 lead.
The second half started like the first, with Bristol immediately on the attack and within three minutes they had scored through a brilliant run from the half way mark from Tuson, who eluded several Lichfield tackles.
Quickly followed, just two minutes later, Bristol attacked again and with more tackles missed there was a try for Claire Malloy.
But then Bristol started to lack focus and fitness, falling off task and letting Lichfield back in. The hosts scored twice courtesy of Emily Scarratt, as they grew in confidence, and then a third try, from Vicki Jackson, put them back in the reckoning.
Bristol regrouped and absorbed a lot of pressure from their opponents, and managed to hold Lichfield at bay for the rest of the game.
Wasps 31 Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 5
Wasps made up for their disappointing defeat to Lichfield last weekend with a convincing victory over Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.
Davina Monterio got the momentum going for Wasps, picking up from the base of a ruck to crash over for a try just minutes into the game. Sarah McKenna converted.
Darlington, though, showed they were a threat when, from a turn over at the line-out, Katy McLean moved the ball out-wide to put wing Ruth Laybourn in space where she showed a clean pair of heels to run in a try. The conversion was missed.
Wasps dealt with Darlington’s attacks and continued to dominate in the scrum. McKenna directed play cleverly and made a break in a darting run down the wing to score and convert.
Wasps then scored again through Sarah Mitchelson, who cruised in from 30 metres, just before the break.
The second half was more evenly matched with both teams creating chances to score but in the end when Mitchelson scored her second, with McKenna putting her in space, the try proved decisive.
Another well worked try, with the Wasps pack providing a platform for the backs to attack, saw a strong finish from Liz Riley to secure the final try of the afternoon and an important bonus point for Wasps.