ROUND 16 PREMIER 15s RECAP

Jess Hayden

As the season nears the end, a number of dramatic clashes took place in the Allianz Premier 15s, including the top-of-the-table clash between Saracens and Harlequins.
Here’s what happened.

Saracens 17 – Harlequins 17

The fiery match between London rivals did not disappoint, with tempers flaring and fantastic rugby for fans to watch. The two teams have played in Premier 15s finals twice already, and this game showed how close the sides remain, as they look to head into yet another top two finish.

A close match was fought between the two sides, and finished with Saracens Zoe Harrison evening the score with a penalty, rather than attempt to score from a decent field position. The game was so close and unpredictable at times, that a draw seemed a fair outcome from the pursuit of both teams.

DMP DURHAM SHARKS 7 – 38 GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Ellena Perry was quick to score for Gloucester-Hartpury, crossing the line just five minutes into the game. It didn’t take long for DMP to strike back with their only try of the game, as fly half Jess Dadds slotted through Gloucester-Hartpury’s defence to score.

At 50 minutes, Gloucester-Hartpury secured the bonus point and continued to attack – the final score coming from Robyn Lock who ran an interception line to cross the line for Gloucester-Hartpury.

Exeter Chiefs 17 – 12 Loughborough Lightning

Exeter Chiefs’ victory over Loughborough Lightning means the newly formed side has now beaten the Premier 15s top four teams – a humongous achievement for Susie Appleby and her Devon side.

Exeter had a dominant first half, with two tries and a penalty for the home side. After a difficult first half, Loughborough came back strong and had a ferocious second half, eventually breaking down Exeter’s strong defence with a try for Megan Davey. In the final play of the game Helena Rowland crossed the line to finish the game 17-12 to Exeter Chiefs.

Worcester Warriors 29 – 21 Bristol Bears

The final game of the weekend was a high-scoring thriller at Sixways Stadium. Until half time, it felt like Worcester were going to secure a very comfortable win with four tries before the break.

Tom Lindsay’s Bristol side came back raring to go and the comeback fight was on. Alice Lockwood came off the bench to score a try for Bristol, quickly followed by Lauren Smyth. The spirited defence of Bristol was interrupted by Worcester’s Tremelling crossing the line, securing her hat-trick in the game.

However, the try of the game came from Bristol’s Simi Pam, who powered over the line for one last try for Bristol Bears.

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The Women’s Six Nations starts this weekend, with England v Scotland at 15:00 and France v Wales at 20:00. There is just one Premier 15s match, a 14:00 kick off between DMP Durham Sharks and Wasps Ladies.

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