WOMEN V WASPS
October 14 2018
On a mild and very windy day Saracens Woman took on a very determined Wasps looking to maintain their stranglehold on the Tyrell’s Premiership. As we all know a slight breeze at the exposed Allianz Park has a notable effect so the fringes of Storm Callum was enough to require a substantial change to the game plan, long passes and throwing to the tail of the line-outs was an adventure into the unpredictable every time.
The first 10 minutes allowed both sides an attacking thrust into the 22 but both were halted by technical failings and soon the game descended into stalemate around the halfway even when wasp’s lost a 2nd row to the sin bin, both sides pressed hard enough to disrupt play beyond a few phases. Half time seemed destined to arrive scoreless when Sarries finally broke the midfield malaise and burst into the 22 and after a couple of phases Vicky Fleetwood rode the last defender to open the scoring. Lauren Cattrell slotted the conversion from wide out very nicely with the last kick of the half.
Saracens started the second half incredibly fast and after being held up over the line the resulting scrum powered forward, Wasps folded badly and the ref had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try. From the restart Wasps tried to attack through their hands but a pass went loosely to the floor, Lottie Clapp picked up smartly and ran unopposed from halfway to touch down(no F.Burns mistakes here) under the posts. 47 minutes played, 21-0 to Sarries, game over? It did seem that way as the next 10 minutes Sarries had the lions share of territory and possession in search of the bp try.
Bryon Cleall arrived and very quickly left to the sin bin providing a bit of relief to Wasps who very quickly scored an unconverted try but failed to mount more sustained pressure. Hannah Botterman then provided proof of her destructive best by taking the direct route leaving 4 or 5 defenders in her wake. Into the final 10 minutes Sarries noticeably turned up the pressure still searching for the 4th try, kicking a penalty to just outside the 22 a slickly effective maul marched up to and over the try line but the referee ruled to be held up. A couple of scrums with Sarries well on top as the last seconds ticked away. Another scrum and as soon as the pressure came on Wasp’s prop folded instantly the referee went straight for the pocket but no penalty try?? Would like to be a fly on the wall in the assessment on that one.
So one final play in which Sarries opted again for the scrum but the ball popped out and despite gathering and powering forward the ref again ruled the ball help up and so the game ended in a bit of anti-climax. A win and 4 points, job done. Next up, away to last seasons finalists Quins.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:10:21:17:02:08 by Darraghgirl.
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