HARLEQUINS LADIES 20 SARACENS WOMEN 17
The women in quartered shirts delivered an outstanding performance at The Stoop this afternoon, becoming the first side to defeat Saracens Women in this year’s Tyrrells Premier 15s campaign. With their fourth win of the season in the bag, Findlay and Street’s Ladies have now cemented themselves as genuine title-contenders.
Quins opened their account in the first half through the boot of fly-half Ellie Green, who slotted an early penalty to give her side the lead.
The home side were then forced to defend admirably as Saracens worked through a number of phases across the pitch. Two quick-fire tries from the visitors then put them in the ascendency, the first scored by Hannah Botterman under a cluster of bodies following a line-out, and the second by Cara Wardle, who slid over for the second try on the wing five minutes later.
The Harlequins pack flexed its muscle in response, with Tove Viksten rumbling over for a score of her own. Green was then on hand to supply the extras to reduce Saracens’ lead further as both teams headed in for the interval
Saracens started the second half quickly and once again found a way through the Quins back-line as they recycled the ball efficiently from a line-out. Quins refused to be beaten, however, and were pushed-on by a vocal and passionate home crowd.
Green’s boot again proved pivotal as she scored her second penalty of the day before Heather Cowell broke through to sprint over the line on the right wing to put Quins back in front. Green then added the conversion with a fantastic kick from a tight angle on the right touchline.
Saracens applied late pressure in an attempt to salvage the victory but Quins stood strong and displayed their togetherness and spirit to hold off the late onslaught.
The full-time whistle was met with a great roar from the supporting crowd in appreciation for the phenomenal efforts put in by both sides in an exciting afternoon of rugby.
Harlequins Ladies are back in action next week when they face local rivals Richmond FC away from home in Round 7.