Two clubs kept up their 100% record in round three, a first win of the season for two teams and some big scores – here’s your round-up of all the action.
Loughborough Lightning 42 – 17 Harlequins
Loughborough Lightning made it three wins from three with an impressive 41-17 victory over last season’s runners-up Harlequins.
The early stages were tight with an early Katy Daley-Mclean penalty cancelled out by a Quins try. It wasn’t until the 27th minute that Loughborough responded, with Justine Lucas crossing for the first of two tries in quick succession, Daley-Mclean converting the latter to make it 15-5.
A penalty try on the stroke of half-time made it 22-5, and the home side continued to dominate after the break.
Carys Williams scored two tries, including one interception effort before Harlequins had the final say with two late tries of their own.
Loughborough Lightning Head Coach Rhys Edwards said: “We’re really pleased, with Harlequins being as good as they were last year it was always going to be a challenge but the momentum we got from Wasps last week has allowed us to build on it and show what we’re capable of. The score today is really positive and I am proud of how we took control.
“Carys was our player of the match today, she stepped up in defence as our defence captain and she’s really grown into it. Her performance today reflected how well she’s doing especially being rewarded with an interception try which is a great example of it.
“Looking ahead to Gloucester-Hartpury next week it is really important we keep this momentum we’ve built and kick on. It will be a tough game away from home, something that we weren’t strong at last year. But, we’ve put ourselves in a really good position.”
Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 0 – 61 Saracens Women
England flanker Marlie Packer scored two tries as Saracens Women continued to set the with a 61-0 victory away at DMP Sharks.
Saracens were ruthless as they scored 11 tries, with Sonia Green joining Packer on the scoresheet with a double of her own.
Rowan White, Lotte Clapp, Ellena Perry, Bryony Cleall, Emma Swords, Poppy Cleall and Georgie Lingham all also got in on the act, the visitors leading 25-0 at half-time before going on to emphatically press the issue home.
Fly half Lauren Cattell, another England international, also kicked three conversions, with Saracens closing in on the 150-point mark for the 2018-19 campaign with just three rounds played.
Firwood Waterloo Ladies 14 – 52 Wasps FC Ladies
Irish international Claire Molloy scored two first-half tries as Wasps FC Ladies powered past Firwood Waterloo Ladies to make it two wins from three this year.
Following last week’s defeat at home to Loughborough Lightning, Wasps were dominant throughout, running in six tries in the opening 40 minutes before adding two more in the second half.
Sarah Mitchelson had given them a good start before Molloy went over for the first of her two, soon followed by prop Kany Adefemiwa-afilaka with Lizzie Goulden on kicking duty to make it 19-0.
Molloy and Adefemiwa-afilaka added two more before the break, with Amy Wilson Hardy scoring the sixth for a 38-0 half-time advantage.
The second half was more even with Kate Hallett and Daniker Willmore crossing for Wasps, while Waterloo got two tries of their own including a late penalty try after Vanessa Temple’s earlier score.
Worcester Valkyries 12 – 43 Richmond Women
Richmond Women got their season up and running with a bonus-point 43-12 win over Worcester Valkyries to register their first victory in the Tyrrells Premier 15s this season.
Emelie Hellgren got the scoring underway with the first try of the game but the Valkyries soon hit back to level the scores through Meg Varley.
Richmond then took control and Alice Soper and Laura Kapo both went over before the break.
Rachel Laqeretabua went over early in the second half to wrap up the bonus point win and Alicia McComish, Libby Povey and Anna Caplice added further gloss to the score line with tries.
Abi Chamberlain kicked four conversions and Worcester got into double figures thanks to a late penalty try.
Bristol Bears Women 43 – 5 Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC
Saturday represented an excellent afternoon for Bristol Bears Women, who registered their first win of the season courtesy of a convincing 43-5 win over Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC.
Bristol started the West Country derby strongly and got the first score through a penalty try, with England U20 Lucy Attwood also crossing the try line on 29 minutes.
Phoebe Murray got her name on the scoreboard to make it 19-0 at half-time, with Canadian back-rower Mackenzie Carson scoring an intercept try at the beginning of the second period.
Gloucester-Hartpury got their try on 55 minutes as scrum-half Bianca Blackburn darted through a gap at the breakdown, but the Bears weren’t done there as Murray pounced on a grubber kick for her second of the day.
There was still time for openside Poppy Leitch to cross late on, with Merryn Doidge finishing off in the corner to round off the scoring on a memorable evening.
Courtesy of the RFU