The Allianz Premier 15s kicked off today with Saracens Women claiming a 28-24 victory over Loughborough Lightning Ladies as Harlequins secure a place in the final with a 25-14 victory over Wasps.
WHAT. A. GAME.
It's full time at The StoneX and @SaracensWomen have beaten @LightningRugby in a thriller to secure a showdown with @HarlequinsWomen in the Allianz #Premier15s Final 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Nyk8miZjWI
— Allianz Premier 15s (@Premier15s) May 22, 2021
Harlequins Women booked their place in the final against Wasps, with both sides trading possession and territory in the early stages, looking to settle in to what looked to be a very close contest.
After driving into the Wasps' 22, Quins won a penalty dead in front of the sticks, allowing fly-half Ellie Green to slot three points and put the home side into the lead.
After taking the lead, Quins began to settle into the game and assert their dominance over the visitors. Having secured the ball from a lineout inside the 22, the trademark driving maul was set up to full affect, with Red Roses prop Vickii Cornborough driving over from short range. Green edged a tough conversion wide.
Keeping their foot on the gas, Quins continued to look the more threatening side as they tried to stretch their lead. The second try came through two pieces of individual brilliance, with the ball off the back of a lineout spread to England centre Lagi Tuima, who put her international colleague, winger Jess Breach, through a gap on half way, with Breach beating two defenders to go over. Green nailed the conversion to stretch the lead to 15.
Looking to press home their advantage ahead of the break, Quins almost had a third try with Breach being dragged into touch just short. After heading straight back into the 22 and winning a penalty, Quins opted for the posts with Green slotting three points to stretch the lead to 18 points at the break.
Full match report via Harlequins
Grandstand finish inbound 🛬May 22, 2021
The Cleall sisters scored two tries each as Saracens Women stormed into the Premier 15s Play-off Final with a 28-24 win over Loughborough.
Lark Davies (2) and Rhona Lloyd scored for Loughborough whilst Poppy Cleall and Bryony Cleall (2) crossed the whitewash for Sarries in an exciting first half.
Poppy Cleall scored her second try after half time, whilst Loughborough scored from a lineout drive, but outstanding defence for much of the half helped secure the win for Sarries.
The buzz around the StoneX Stadium was palpable as over 1400 fans returned to watch the Women in Black for the first time since 11th January 2020.
Loughborough came out the blocks firing, winning a penalty on the 22 which was kicked to the corner, before Davies scored from the resulting lineout drive.
The try was converted, however, Saracens were straight back on the front foot, and after working their way up to Loughborough’s try line, Cleall powered over to score from close range.
Harrison kicked the conversion and the scores were tied, but Loughborough went back in front after a superb no-look pass in the centres which put Lloyd through, and she showed electric pace to finish under the posts.
Then, after a series of pick and goes, Bryony Cleall got on the scoresheet from within five meters before Harrison kicked another conversion.
Bryony Cleall put Saracens ahead for the first time shortly after, as she took a quick penalty from five meters out before powering through several tackles to score under the posts.
Full match report via saracens