Round six of Tyrrells Premier 15s competition round up:
Worcester Valkyries 0-71 Harlequin Ladies
Heather Cowell ran in a storming five-try haul as Harlequins swept aside Worcester Valkyries to maintain their stranglehold on top spot in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.
The visitors dotted down an impressive 13 times, eight of which they scored before the break, and winger Cowell had recorded a hat-trick within half-an-hour as Gary Street and Karen Findlay’s side triumphed 71-0.
Shaunagh Brown got Harlequins up and running at Sixways, with Fiona Pocock also blazing her way over the whitewash twice within 19 minutes.
Natasha Bradshaw and a fourth try from Cowell made it 44-0 at the break and the Valkyries were unable to stem the tide in the second period, with Davina Catlin getting in on the act as Brown, Cowell and Bradshaw all added to their earlier scores.
Abbie Scott rounded things off with four minutes to go as Harlequins continued their 100 per cent start to the season.
Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 16- 10 Loughborough Lightning
Darlington Mowden Park Sharks sealed their first victory of the Tyrrells Premier 15s season, as they edged out Loughborough Lightning 16-10 thanks to the boot of Lisa Martin.
The hosts held a 10-5 lead after an end-to-end first half with Scotland’s Martin and Georgina Roberts impressing, Kenny Thomas and Martin turning the match on its head after the Sharks forwards drove their way over for the game’s opener.
The scores were tied after some great Lightning interplay in midfield allowed Lizzie Adam to speed away and cross in the far corner, but two Martin penalties after the hour mark were the difference.
The maiden triumph takes the Sharks closer to those in mid-table, with Loughborough just above them now and within striking distance.
Gloucester- Hartpury 7-33 Saracens Women
Second-placed Saracens ran out 33-7 winners over Gloucester-Hartpury, and were never behind thanks to their superb work up front. After a series of penalties at the breakdown led to a five-metre lineout, and Sonia Green powered over the line with just five minutes played.
April Brown nudged over a penalty ten minutes later, but the hosts hit back when Ellie Kildunne punished Rowan White for fumbling a high ball, pouncing to score with Megan Goddard adding the extras.
But Saracens were relentless before the interval and first Poppy Cleall released Garnet Mackinder to score down the right wing, and then Rosie Galligan drove over after a series of attacks to take the scoreline to 18-7.
And it was still one-way traffic after the interval, as Harriet Austin and Mackinder wrapped up the bonus-point victory with Zoe Harrison adding a penalty at the death.
Bristol Ladies 5 – 17 Wasps Ladies
Wasps turned on the style in the second half against Bristol to climb up to fifth in the Premier 15s table.
Hosts Bristol led 5-0 after a nip-and-tuck first half, Cat McNaney touching down in the corner, but the Londoners scored 17 unanswered points after the interval to clinch a 17-5 triumph.
Giselle Mather’s half-time words clearly had the desired effect as a big Wasps scrum from halfway saw Gemma Rowland touch down.
And with England’s Danielle Waterman playing out of her skin for Wasps, her international teammate Harriet Millar-Mills put the visitors ahead shortly after with Rocky Clark winning a crucial turnover.
That made it 10-5 and the points were secure when Louise Dodd and Waterman combined to send Abbie Dow over in the corner – with Dodd converting the extras herself.
Firwood Waterloo 12-15 Richmond FC
It was heartbreak for Firwood Waterloo and elation for Richmond at the final whistle, as Rowena Burnfield’s last-gasp try saw her side triumph 15-12 in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Hosts Waterloo trailed early on at the Memorial Ground after they were punished for a poor kick chase by Kirsty Lee Griffiths who ran in after nine minutes.
But Vanessa Temple burst into life to put her side 7-5 ahead 14 minutes later, breaking through the midfield and running 60 metres almost untouched to score under the posts – with Bethany Stott adding the extras.
Danielle Wiseman extended their advantage just four minutes into the second period as quick hands put her into the corner to score, but Richmond’s hopes were alive at 12-10 thanks to skipper Burnfield’s first effort.
And despite desperate defence from Waterloo, Richmond’s gutsy decision to take a scrum rather than kick at goal with time up paid dividends as Burnfield stole the points.
Report courtesy of the RFU