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Women’s Premiership Review – Round Five

15 October 2012

  • Bristol return to winning ways
  • Lichfield pick up important win
Wasps' Michaela Staniford

Photo: Rugby Matters.net

Round five of the Premiership saw wins for Bristol, Saracens and Lichfield this weekend with league leaders Worcester and Richmond sitting out this time around.

Bristol 52 Thurrock 0

Bristol were back to winning ways on Sunday with a solid team performance against league newcomers Thurrock. The West Country side didn’t waste any time in putting down their marker with an early touch down for Kate Newton under the posts.

A few minutes later and Bristol turned over the scrum and popped the ball out to fly-half Ells Snowhill who put Sally Tuson away for one of many tries that afternoon. Thurrock kept their heads though and made the end of the first half hard work for Bristol, continually testing them at the breakdown and pushing up in defence.

Bristol however, kept focused and the tries kept coming, including touch downs for Amber Reed and Claire Molloy which firmly put the game out of Thurrock’s reach.

Lichfield 15 Wasps 7

Midlanders Lichfield edged an important win against Wasps which puts them fourth in the table. Wasps, though, started the harder, putting the Lichfield defence under pressure with some strong runs from their forwards, but in the end an Emily Scarratt penalty put the home side ahead.

Some strong running, and link-up play also put the Wasps defence under pressure, and in the end Vicki Jackson and Carys Matthews both powered over the line to make the score 15-0 at the break. Wasps looked good as the second-half opened and Lichfield’s defence was stretched by some good running from England lock Jo McGilchrist, but once again the Lichfield defence held strong.

Finally, however, the Wasps pressure paid off and through some strong forward running by Danika Wilmore, she touched down from close range. Sarah McKenna added the extras.

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 12 Saracens 32

Some confused autumnal weather met the London-based Saracens when they made the long trip up the M1 to play Darlington Mowden Park Sharks this weekend. That did not put Saracens off their game though as they scored two early tries through Mandy Marchack and Ellie Gatlin.

DMP were able to bounce back though and they did so when Jen Edwards used her pace on the outside to score in the right corner. As the first half progressed, Saracens managed to squeeze in another try thanks to Sonia Green following a strong set piece move.

The home side responded, however, with some fine handling freeing up England wing Ruth Laybourn who proceeded to carve up the outside defence and score under the posts to bring the score to 12-15. Laybourn came close to scoring again in the second half but that was where DMP’s charge ended with Saracens running in tries from Hannah Gallagher (2) and Marchack again to seal the victory.