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Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
Saracens Women
C Macdonald
Tries
B Cleall, R Gallighan
Penalties
H Rowland
Sat 10 Mar 14:00 - Tyrrell's Premier 15s - Premier Division Full time

Saracens Edge Close Contest at the Arena

A late Sarries penalty denies a Sharks bonus point in tight game at the Arena.

A late Sarries penalty denies a Sharks bonus point in tight game at the Arena.
Saracens opened the scoring after 10 minutes through Bryony Cleall. The number 8 crashed over after a powerful catch and drive from the visitors, giving them a 0-5 lead as Rowland’s conversion drifted agonisingly wide. The following 20 minutes were closely fought by both sides, with both sets of defences holding strong. A number of handling errors littered the rest of the first period before Claudia Macdonald leveled the scores after breaking clear from half way and sprinting clear. The conversion was unsuccessful and the scores remain level until the half despite a late scare. Cleall looked to have scored her second of the match but was held up well to maintain the deadlock.

Both sides continued to wrestle for the upper hand in the second half, with the visitors having the best of the possession. Saracens eventually edged ahead through another catch and drive, this time Galligan the scorer – 5-10. The remainder of the game was all Saracens but the Sharks defended admirably to hold off a series of Sarries drives before a Rowlands penalty took the visitors beyond the 7 point margin. The result was harsh on the Sharks who deserved a losing bonus point for their defensive effort.

Claudia Macdonald

Player of the Match

Claudia Macdonald

Key moments

11:00
Try Bryony Cleall scores for Saracens Women
35:00
Try Claudia Macdonald scores for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
56:00
Try Rosie Gallighan scores for Saracens Women
75:00
Penalty Helena Rowland kicks a penalty for Saracens Women

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80:00 Player of the Match
Claudia Macdonald is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
75:00 Penalty 5 - 13
Helena Rowland kicks a penalty for Saracens Women
56:00 Try 5 - 10
Rosie Gallighan scores for Saracens Women
End of period 1
35:00 Try 5 - 5
Claudia Macdonald scores for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
11:00 Try 0 - 5
Bryony Cleall scores for Saracens Women
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
  • Saracens Women
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  • Bryony Cleall Try 11:00'
  • Claudia Macdonald Try 35:00'
  • Rosie Gallighan Try 56:00'
  • Helena Rowland Penalty 75:00'

Team selection

Macdonald, Claudia Macdonald, Claudia
Blount, Rosie Blount, Rosie
Woosey, Rachael Woosey, Rachael
Morton, Hannah Morton, Hannah
Thomas, Kenny Thomas, Kenny
Mason, La Toya Mason, La Toya
Roberts, Georgina Roberts, Georgina
Manson, Rianna Manson, Rianna
Brown, Jo Brown, Jo
Hobson, Katherine Hobson, Katherine
Bell, Jaz Bell, Jaz
Bush, Sarah Bush, Sarah
Lewis, Charlie Lewis, Charlie
Bloor, Elle Bloor, Elle
Cockburn, Lisa Cockburn, Lisa
Saracens Women
  • 1. Bryony Cleall
  • 2. Rosie Gallighan
  • 3. Helena Rowland
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League round up

Other Premier Division results

10
44
Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC
Harlequins Ladies
14
12
Richmond FC
Loughborough Lightning
24
7
Bristol Ladies
55
5
Worcester Valkyries

League table

# Team Pl Pts
4. Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC 18 60
5. Loughborough Lightning 19 53
6. Bristol Ladies 18 46
7. Richmond FC 18 31
8. Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 18 26
9. Firwood Waterloo Ladies 18 16
10. Worcester Valkyries 19 2

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