Premier 15s Round 17 Recap

Elizabeth Cartwright

As the season draws to a close, round 17 of the Premier 15s left us with plenty to talk about, with some of the games being live streamed on social media. Here’s what happened. Here is Ruggette RFC’s Round 17 round-up

Bristol Bears 17 - 34 DMP Durham Sharks

The Sharks managed to pick up their first win of the season on Saturday with a fantastic win away from home to Bristol. They didn’t make it easy for themselves, being behind by two tries on the scoreboard but they clawed their way back into the game on 24 minutes with a try from Rosie Blount. Beth Blaclock converted and kicked a penalty a few minutes later. Beth then scored her own try and converted her effort. Amy Layzell’s converted try just before the break meant that DMP went into the break with a 12 point lead. The second half continued with another try from DMP, this time George Roberts being the scorer. Bristol did manage to find their way over the try line through Ellie Mulhearn but a final Blacklock penalty was enough for DMP Durham Sharks to pick up their first win of the season.

Gloucester-Hartpury 20 - 25 Wasps

Wasps moved their way up to third in the table with victory over Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday, the victory having been their thirteenth win of the season. Gloucester-Hartpury were the first to score through Ellie Underwood in the corner. Wasps then stung the opposition with a try from loosehead prop, Elizabeth Crake. At the end of the first half, both teams exchanged some quickfire tries through the Gloucester scrum half Bianca Blackburn and then Wasps’ Maud Muir. The second half began with a penalty scored by Emma Sing, to give Gloucester the lead but an Ellie Boatman try and conversion from Florence Williams brought Wasps back in front. A Williams penalty and a converted try scored by Rachel Lund made Gloucester think they’d done enough to seal the win but it was Hannah West’s try on 73 minutes that allowed Wasps to see out their victory.

Harlequins 31 - 7 Worcester Warriors

On Saturday, Harlequins sealed their thirteenth win of the season over Worcester Warriors who sit seventh in the table. The Warriors only try was scored by Paige Farries in the early stages of the game. Harlequins recovered from their nervy start and Alex Eddie and Freya Aucken’s tries gave the home team a three point lead at half time. Lucy Packer was the first to score in the second half, the scrum half benefitting from good pressure on her opposite number. The bonus point was secured with 15 minutes left to play, with Beth Wilcock managing to score in the corner. Hooker Rosie Dobson scored the final points of the match and their convincing win over Warriors means Harlequins are closing in on a home-semi final.

Loughborough Lightning 29 - 38 Saracens

It was a frantic game with neither fan knowing which way the game was going to end. Loughbough scored the first points of the match with a lineout maul try through Bryony Field. It was then Rocky Clark who scored for Saracens a few minutes later. Then came two more tries from Saracens, Georgie Lingham and Emma Taylor being the scorers, giving their team a 12 point advantage at half time. Their lead continued in the second half, Sophie de Goede being the try scorer with a stunning intercept try. The No.8 even converted her own try in what was a brilliant performance from the Canadian. However, Saracens’ lead was down to just two points, thanks to two more maul tries for Field and a penalty. With plenty of time left to play De Goede would score again, this time from the base of a scrum. Fran Goldthorp’s try with 10 minutes left to be played did give Lightning fans brief hope that a win wasn’t impossible, however Rachel Laqeretabua’s try for Saracens proved to be the real winner.

Sale Sharks 17 - 10 Exeter Chiefs

Playing their final home game of the season, Sale’s win over the Exeter Chiefs means that the visitors’ hopes of reaching a semi-finals are now out of reach. It was the two fly halves who exchanged penalties in the first half and it was the Sharks who led at half time due to a Lisa Neumann’s converted try. Exeter scored their first try of the game through prop, Sachiko Kato whilst the Sharks had a player in the sin bin. Hollie Bawden scored the last points of the match, the substitute intercepting a stray Exeter pass to give her team the win.

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