Richmond started the match looking sharper than Wasps and had all the possession in the opening few minutes with Holly Myers scoring a try after a sharp break from Alice Richardson who found Claire Allan in support before Myers crossed in the corner. Richardson converted, continuing her trend of drop-kicking all conversions.
Wasps then enjoyed a sustained period of pressure, with their pack testing the Richmond defence however it was not until after the half hour mark that they finally broke through with Alice Sheffield claiming the credit. Hannah Edwards was unable to convert leaving Richmond with a slender 7-5 lead.
Richmond seemed determined to get another score before half time and it was former Wasp Hannah field who powered over to take a 12-5 lead at the break.
Richmond started the second half as they finished the first, Rowena Burnfield breaking through to score under the posts and take the lead to 19-5 however the next 20 minutes saw some incredibly even play with neither side giving an inch. Wasps eventually broke the deadlock with prop Bianca Davison scoring after a sustained period of pressure on the Richmond line.
Richmond hit back a few minutes later and were awarded a penalty try leaving them 26-10 ahead and chasing the try bonus point but Wasps were quick to pounce on any mistakes and deny Richmond that elusive 5th score. Wasps had the final word in this bruising encounter with a try in injury time from Sarah Hudson securing them a losing bonus point. Final score 26-15.
|Richmond Athletic Ground
|The Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SF