Round five of the Tyrrells Premier 15s season was once again packed full of tries, with bonus points earned in four of this weekend’s five fixtures. Here’s the review of all the action.
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Wasps FC Ladies 45 -5 Loughborough Lightning
Wasps claimed their second win of the season in some style as they welcomed Loughborough Lightning to Acton with a 45-5 defeat.
It took 28 minutes for the home side to make it across the whitewash, with Tova Derk finding space on the left wing to go over.
Tries soon came thick and fast, with Danielle Waterman impressing on her first start and first home game for Wasps, setting up Harriet Millar-Mills.
Waterman dominated in defence too, shutting down Loughborough’s repeated attempts to run the ball out of their 22 and scoring two tries of her own in the second half.
Captain Kate Alder, Vicki Jackson and Louise Dodd added three more and Natasha Jones claimed Loughborough’s only five points of the game before the final whistle.
Worcester Valkyries 0 – 43 Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC
It was an equally dominant performance from Gloucester-Hartpury as they downed Worcester Valkyries 43-0 in the derby clash at Sixways.
The game had barely begun before Gemma Sharples grabbed the ball from the scrum and found Beth Jones to score the first of Gloucester-Hartpury’s seven tries.
The visitors overpowered Valkyries in the scrum, allowing Rebecca Belcher to go over in the corner and Leah Carey and Eloise Hayward added two more.
Gloucester-Hartpury were awarded a penalty try and Ceri Large scored before Sarah Bern crossed the whitewash after an interception to cement the side’s fourth win of the season.
Firwood Waterloo Ladies 0-0 Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
Neither side’s defence would let up when Darlington Mowden Park Sharks travelled south to take on Firwood Waterloo, with the game ending 0-0.
The two teams looked to find space in the midfield, but chances were few and far between in the driving wind and rain.
It was a ferocious battle up front and the scrums intensified as fresh legs came on to bolster both packs in the second half.
Both Loo and Sharks were seeking their first win of the season, but neither side could claim four points in challenging conditions.
Harlequins Ladies 49 – 12 Bristol Ladies
Harlequins made their presence felt at the Stoop as they secured their fifth bonus-point win in a row with a 49-12 victory over Bristol.
The league leaders were relentless, putting nine tries past their visitors, with Alex Hardy scoring two in the first half.
Quins’ attack was ferociously quick and there was little Bristol could do to stop Laura Dowsett going over to open the scoring.
But Carys Phillips eventually found a hole in the hosts’ defence and Kate Newton managed one more try to ensure Bristol did not go home empty-handed.
Richmond FC 0 – 29 Saracens Women
Saracens ensured they stayed hot on the heels of table-topping Quins with a 29-0 defeat of Richmond, proving the North London side are just as ruthless on the road.
Poppy Cleall was the first to dot down out of a dominant scrum. Saracens proved they could be fleet-footed too, taking a quick penalty to send Garnet Mackinder crashing over.
But it was Cleall who stole the show, scoring three more after the break to earn Saracens the bonus point, keeping them within one point of the top spot.
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