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Wasps Women KO Saracens Women : Premiership Women's Rugby : Women's Rugby Data KO 12 18 19 22 41 41 59 60 65 66 70 73 74 FT

Results

TeamTriesMissed ConversionDGPenaltiesConversionsBPPointsOutcome
Wasps20022120Loss
Sarries4103126Win

Review

SARACENS WOMEN HELD THEIR NERVE TO CLAIM ALL FIVE POINTS IN THEIR PREMIER 15S OPENER AFTER A THRILLING GAME AGAINST LONDON RIVALS WASPS.

The game ebbed and flowed throughout with both sides dominating for sustained periods, offering those in attendance a fantastic spectacle as the season got off to a flyer. Ultimately Saracens proved more clinical in the pivotal moments, providing Alex Austerberry with plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

The home side started strongly with winger Ellie Boatman breaking down the right-hand side. Only the combined efforts of Lotte Clapp and Sarah McKenna were enough to foil the hosts.

Saracens grew into the tie and came close to opening the scoring following a rolling maul from a lineout deep inside Wasps half. They were denied on one occasion but Wasps were only granted a brief reprieve until Hannah Casey scored the first try of the new season.

From an attacking scrum Poppy Cleall popped to the onrushing Clapp, whose ball inside to Marlie Packer allowed the forward to break the Wasps defensive line. She was supported brilliantly by Casey who was on hand to stretch over from short distance. Harrison’s conversion struck the upright, and the score remained 5-0.

No sooner after taking the lead were Saracens pulled back. This time Wasps attacked with force down the left side, with Boatman getting the better of the Saracens defence on this occasion. The conversion from Flo Williams was successful and the hosts led 7-5. Wasps then added another three points, before McKenna was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on. The visitors did well, however, to contain their hosts a player light and Wasps took a 10-5 lead into the interval.

Saracens started relentlessly after the break, with Clapp diving over in the corner within the opening minute. Harrison added the extras to nudge Saracens in front. Sarries continued to lay siege to the Wasps line and were rewarded after an hour when May Campbell powered over from short distance, much to the joy of the travelling away fans. The conversion from Harrison pushed Saracens to a 19-10 lead.

Wasps responded quickly as they did in the first half and Abi Burton scored from the back of a driving maul. Substitute Hannah Edwards converted to reduce the lead to just 2 points. Wasps then seized the momentum in front of a rejuvenated home crowd as Edwards added a penalty to make it 20-19 with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

Saracens found a new gear as Wasps laboured in the final stages with Packer adding to her earlier assist with an up front try. Harrison held her nerve from tee to ensure that only a converted try would deny Saracens victory in the closing stages.

The game seemed to be dead in the final minute when Wasps had the put in at the scrum just five metres from their own line. But a succession of penalties granted them one final shot at victory. The bounce of the ball proved kind to Saracens as an attempted kick for touch struck the corner flag which meant the game was dead, and the victory was Saracens’.

A fantastic game of rugby with both sides deservedly earning a bonus point. More importantly it was a winning start for Austerberry who will now look forward to a trip North to Durham next weekend.

Officials

Ref
Harry M Walbaum

Wasps

# PlayerPositionTRYCONPENDGYCRC
14Ellie BoatmanWing1 (18')00000
10Florence WilliamsCentre01 (19')1 (22')000
22Hannah Edwards-01 (66')1 (70')000
23Abi BurtonBack Row1 (65')00000
 Total 222000

Sarries

# PlayerPositionTRYCONPENDGYCRC
13Hannah ‘Choppa’ CaseyCentre1 (12')00000
11Lotte ClappWing1 (41')00000
10Zoe HarrisonFly Half03 (41', 60', 74')0000
2May CampbellHooker1 (59')00000
7Marlie PackerBack Row1 (73')00000
 Total 430000
TRY
2
4
CON
2
3
PEN
2
0
DG
0
0
YC
0
0
RC
0
0

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonStreaming LinkAttendance
04/09/20213:00 pmPremier 15s2021-22Premier15s.com262

Venue

Twyford Avenue Sports Ground
10 Twyford Ave, London W3 9QA, UK

Past Meetings

26 - 24
Premier 15s
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies v Saracens Women

33 - 27
Premier 15s
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women v Wasps

21 - 32
Premier 15s
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies - Saracens Women

5 - 17
Premier 15s Development League
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies - Saracens Women

31 - 13
Premier 15s Semi-Finals
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women - Wasps Ladies

24 - 44
Premier 15s Development League
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies - Saracens Women

17 - 45
Premier 15s
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies - Saracens Women

21 - 5
Premier 15s
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women - Wasps Ladies

TBD
Premier 15s Development League
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women - Wasps Ladies

10 - 39
Premier 15s 2nd XV League Pool A
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies - Saracens Women

5 - 16
Premier 15s 2nd XV League Pool A
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women - Wasps Ladies

5 - 0
Premier 15s
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies vs Saracens Women

30 - 0
Premier 15s
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women vs Wasps Ladies

31 - 17
Women's Premiership
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women vs Wasps Ladies

15 - 55
Women's Premiership
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies vs Saracens Women

1:10 pm
Pool 2
Broadstreet RFC

Saracens Women vs Wasps Ladies

22 - 0
Women's Premiership
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women v Wasps Ladies

10 - 46
Women's Premiership

Wasps Ladies v Saracens Women

30 - 0
Women's Premiership
StoneX Stadium

Saracens Women v Wasps Ladies

19 - 22
Women's Premiership
Twyford Avenue Sports Ground

Wasps Ladies v Saracens Ladies

36 - 0
Women's Premiership
Bramley Road Sports Ground

Saracens Ladies vs Wasps Ladies

10 - 34
Women's Premiership

Wasps Ladies vs Saracens Ladies