It’s been a while since I’ve watched Saracens Women live and wow, what a difference having the World Cup players back makes! Early season home results had a couple of disappointments as well as some high scores!

  • Saracens 34 Loughborough 21
  • Saracens 33 Wasps 10
  • Harlequins 19 Saracens 10
  • Saracens 7 Gloucester Hartpury 53
  • Saracens 89 DMP Sharks 0
  • Exeter. 37 Saracens 19
  • Saracens 64 Worcester 20
  • Bristol Bears 5 Saracens 36
  • Wasps 3 Saracens 78
  • Sales Sharks 5 Saracens 71
  • Saracens 32 Harlequins 12

That all added up to 3rd place for Saracens, with Exeter Chiefs topping the table and Gloucester Hartpury sitting in second. Saracens play DMP Sharks away on March 11th, the competition then takes a break for the 6 Nations; before a hugely important game for Saracens on May 13th when they play Exeter at home. There are 10 teams in the league and no European games at present, the Top 4 teams will play off on June 10th/11th with the Final to be played on June 24th/25th at Kingsholm. The 2022 Final was held at Sixways and was a great afternoon.

The stats for the league make for interesting reading –

  • Top Points Scored at Home – Saracens 321
  • Top Points Scored Away from Home – Exeter Chiefs 379
  • Least Points Conceded at Home – Gloucester Hartpury 60
  • Least Points Conceded Away from Home – Exeter Chiefs 45

That match on May 13th is going to be a very interesting one!

On to the match in question – Sale Sharks had conceded 360 points. in 12 games before their trip to the Stonex Stadium, including 71 when Saracens travelled North. And in spite of another drubbing (to be honest) they kept on fighting until the final whistle. Saracens scored 10 Tries with Flanker Marlie Packer going over on 3 and 13 minutes, a fierce competitor it was good to see her back alongside Poppy Cleall, 2 players who must rank as amongst the best in the world. Cleall scored 3, with hers coming on 34, 40 and 42 minutes. It was a day when the pack was totally dominant in every area. Kelsey Clifford added another 2 the Pack’s tally on 26 minutes, the 21 year old has received a call up for the Simon Middleton’s squad of 42 for the Six Nations, alongside May Campbell and Ella Wyrwas, they join 6 other uncapped players.

Jess Breach, newly signed from Harlequins this season and playing at Full Back rather than on the wing showed her turn of speed 4 times scoring on 29, 47, 61 and 78 minutes, an exciting player it’s great to see her in a Saracens shirt!

Sale Sharks did score a great try on 18 minutes, as Mhairi Grieve ran in to touch the ball down, that was scant reward for their efforts throughout the game. As a club they had a huge blow when it seemed they wouldn’t be a part of the Premier 15’s in 2023-2024 but they , alongside Worcester have been offered a conditional place, which is great news! It was looking like you could only play women’s rugby at a high level if you were in the South!

A plea to my fellow Saracens fans, this is a. very fine rugby team who deserve your support, they excelled in every aspect of the game in this match, please try your very best to be at the game on May 13th.

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