Women's Rugby: Loughborough Lightning bounce back in style as table starts to take shape

Loughborough Lightning

Loughborough Lightning returned to winning ways with a devasting win over Waterloo as Quins and Saracens stayed a step ahead atop the Premier 15s table.

Wasps battled well to grind out a win at Bristol with Gloucester-Hartpury hot on their tails having picked up a bonus-point win at home. 

Bristol Bears Women 10 - 18 Wasps Ladies

Wasps displayed incredible resolve in a second-half comeback which took them into the top four.

The first-half was an equal affair which saw Bristol go in 10-5 ahead thanks to a late penalty try. Two second-half penalties put the visitors 11-10 ahead before Claudia MacDonald settled the match, capitalising on a Bears handling the error and running in.

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 21- 50 Harlequins Women

Although both sides crossed the whitewash in the first ten minutes, Quins went on to put the game in a chokehold.

Three more tries before half-time and their bonus-point was already secured. After physicality brought their first-half scores, they added flair in the second half to rack up the tries with Shaunagh Brown crossing over twice.

Loughborough Lightning 91-10 Firwood Waterloo Ladies

Rhona Lloyd set this game alight touching down a grand total of six times. Her first try came within a minute of kick-off and opened the floodgates for the thrashing which followed.

As well as their backs having the freedom to race over, Lightning’s forwards demonstrated their supremacy over the Waterloo pack, driving over from close-range mauls at various points in the game.

Gloucester - Hartpury Women 31-12 Richmond Women

The hosts were rocked when Richmond took the lead through Hannah Field on two minutes but Connie Powell levelled soon after. Kelly Smith then dotted down twice leading up to the break.

Elle Febrey ensured all five points would stay with the West Country side stay within touching distance of the play-off places.  

Harlequins v Gloucester Hartpury- Tyrrells Premier 15s

Saracens Women 55 - 3 Worcester Warriors Women

Returning to Allianz Park, Sarries put on a show scoring nine tries to remain second behind Quins on just points difference.

Winger Rachel Laqeretabua scored her first try in black and red as Vicky Fleetwood added two of her own late on to put the cherry on top of an unstoppable performance.

The next round of Tyrrells Premier 15s action is on the weekend of October 19th/20th with Wasps hosting Loughborough Lightning being the game of the round.

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