- Worcester lift Premiership title for the first time ever
- Aylesford Bulls win promotion into the Premiership
Worcester were crowned Women’s Premiership champions for the first time ever in their 20-year history on Sunday (April 28).
The Sixways club clinched the title in the final round of league action this season after an impressive 48-8 victory on the road to Wasps.
Worcester were presented with their Premiership title by the RFU’s Carol Isherwood and duly celebrated their title in style. Denying rivals Richmond a fourth consecutive title by just one point, Worcester took the honours this year after 12 wins and only two defeats.
The close nature of the championship this term meant that Worcester travelled to Wasps at the weekend knowing they had to secure a bonus-point win. The away side announced their intentions from the onset and opened their account after just five minutes following a great break by Sarah Guest. Megan Goddard added the conversion.
Seven minutes later and England U20s captain Goddard touched down after weaving through Wasps’ defence to score. She then converted her own try.
Wasps could only hit back with a Sarah McKenna penalty leaving the score at 14-3 at the break.
The second half started with the home side striving purposefully, but to no avail as Worcester’s defence remained solid and their attack fast and creative. Centres Guest and Goddard were prominent, aided by a determined and rampant Rochelle Clark.
Wasps’ resolve was finally broken 13 minutes into the second period when a fine drive from prop Clark saw her score in the corner.
Charlotte Keane, playing in an unaccustomed wing role, then outpaced her opposite number, to force her way between the centre and full back and score an excellent try in the corner, securing the important bonus point.
Pippa Crews raced over the line for try number five before Guest added her second. Clark came close again but in the end a nice offload saw Rhiannon Watkins take the spoils.
Wasps soon added a consolation try but with Goddard adding her second just before the final whistle Worcester marked their title triumph with a fine win.
Worcester’s win meant that Richmond needed a cricket score and bonus point over Bristol to have had any chance of winning the title, and although they managed the win, the 24-15 margin was not enough to prevent the title going to Worcester. In the only other game of the Premiership, Lichfield finished third in the title race after a 64-13 win over Darlington Mowden Park.
At the other end of the table Thurrock were relegated into the Championship after their play-off 18-15 defeat to Aylesford Bulls, who will now join the Premiership for the 2013-2014 season.