Wasps Ladies - Match centre

Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
Saracens Women
S Wong, K Alder, S Mimnagh
Full time
R Galligan, S Okemba
H Edwards
H Edwards
Sun 12 Mar 13:00 - Cup Attendance 150

Wasps march on to Cup Final

Saracens suffer in Semi Final against a resurgent Wasps team.

Wasps and Saracens Ladies met at Twyford Avenue in the Semi-final of the cup. The winner of course would move into the final on April 1st 2017. The teams have met twice this season and on both occasions Saracens came out on top. Wasps knew the challenge that was in front of them but came into the game high on confidence following a perfect group stage with 4 wins from their 4 games.
Wasps began the game strongest and took the lead after just 5 minutes from the boot of Hannah Edwards after some ill-discipline gave Wasps a penalty. Wasps extended their lead in the 11th minute through some sublime individual play from Sammy Wong. Saracens knocked on just outside their own 22, from the resulting scrum Wasps secured possession. Sammy Wong decided a run was the way to go and after throwing an audacious dummy ran through and scored between the posts making the resultant conversion all but done. Edwards duly obliged and Wasps led 10-0.

Saracens fought back and after 20 minutes the game was all square at 10-10. First a mistake 5 metres out from Wasps own try-line gave Saracens an attacking scrum which was strong, Rosie Galligan picked up at the back and powered over to reduce the deficit.
Straight from the kick off Saracens struck again. Saracens secured possession and after a delicious offload from Nina Vistisen, Seraphine Okembe burst through from halfway to make the scores level.
In the 26th minute Saracens were reduced to 14 after Becky Roby was sent to the sin bin for collapsing a maul 5 metres from her try-line. Wasps took advantage of their numerical supremacy. Wasps forced a mistake from Saracens and Liz Crake collected the ball deep in Wasps territory before bursting forward and getting into the Saracens 22, Crake didn’t quite have the pace to finish it off, Wasps built through the following phases before throwing the ball wide to Kate Alder who showed strength and determination to cross in the corner. The conversion was missed. Wasps lead 15-10 after 33 breath-taking minutes. Saracens were again reduced to 14 in the 38th minute when Lauren Newman was sent to the bin for a high tackle on Rose Dixon.

Saracens began the second half with 14 and had an early opportunity to bring the scores level and would have done had it not been for a last-ditch tackle from Rose Dixon with an assist from Kate Alder. This lead to Wasps regaining possession before marching down field for a line-out 5 metres from Saracens try-line. A powerful catch and drive led to Sarah Mimnagh crossing to increase the Wasps lead to 20-10.

Both teams fought for every ball and every ruck and maul was contested with vigour. There were no scores and no real opportunities for either team as both teams were defending resolutely. However, it became very difficult for Wasps in the 65th minute when replacement Jay Sime was sent to the bin for being offside. To compound their problems Wasps were reduced to 13 just 6 minutes later when Kasey Allen was also sent to the bin this time for not rolling away at the ruck. During this period of being down to 14 and 13 the Wasps defence was tested by Saracens. Wasps showed real determination and will to win, putting their bodies on the line to keep out the strong attacking unit of the Saracens.

No sooner had Wasps gone back to 14 players they were again reduced to 13 following the sin bin of Charlie Veale again for offside. Still Wasps held out their opponents and were so close to securing their place in the final. There was still time for Wasps to see another player sent to the bin when Lucy King was given a yellow for a high tackle. Despite their number deficiency Wasps created one last opportunity, unfortunately the final pass was not on the money and the opportunity went begging.

Wasps ran out 20-10 winners in an exhilarating semi-final. Wasps will meet Aylesford Bulls after they defeated Lichfield Ladies. The final will be an exciting meeting between two teams who have definitely earned the right to fight for silverware with neither team having dropped a game so far in the competition.

Final: 1st April, Royal Wootton Bassett RFC, KO TBC

Key moments

5:00
Penalty Hannah Edwards kicks a penalty for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
11:00
Try Sammy Wong scores for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
12:00
Conversion Hannah Edwards kicks a conversion for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
17:00
Try Rose Galligan scores for Saracens Women
20:00
Try Serephine Okemba scores for Saracens Women
33:00
Try Kate Alder scores for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
45:00
Try Sarah Mimnagh scores for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.

Highlights

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80:00 Yellow Card
Lucy King is yellow carded for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
77:00 Sub On
Alice Sheffield is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
77:00 Sub Off
Liz Crake is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
75:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Veale is yellow carded for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
71:00 Yellow Card
Kasey Allen is yellow carded for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
70:00 Sub On
Anna Glyn Davies is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
70:00 Sub Off
Vicki Jackson is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
65:00 Yellow Card
Jay Sime is yellow carded for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
64:00 Sub Off
Sarah Mimnagh is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
64:00 Sub On
Steph Neville is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
64:00 Sub Off
Alex Hardy is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
64:00 Sub On
Kasey Allen is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
46:00 Missed Conversion
Hannah Edwards misses a conversion for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
45:00 Sub Off
Nicola Smith is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
45:00 Sub On
Charlie Veale is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
45:00 Sub On
Jay Sime is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
45:00 Try 20 - 10
Sarah Mimnagh scores for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
45:00 Sub Off
Rose Dixon is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
40:00 Sub On
Lucy King is substituted on for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
40:00 Sub Off
Hannah West is substituted off for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
Lauren Newman is yellow carded for Saracens Women
34:00 Missed Conversion
Hannah Edwards misses a conversion for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
33:00 Try 15 - 10
Kate Alder scores for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
26:00 Yellow Card
Becky Roby is yellow carded for Saracens Women
21:00 Missed Conversion
Zoe Harrison misses a conversion for Saracens Women
20:00 Try 10 - 10
Serephine Okemba scores for Saracens Women
18:00 Missed Conversion
Zoe Harrison misses a conversion for Saracens Women
17:00 Try 10 - 5
Rose Galligan scores for Saracens Women
12:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Hannah Edwards kicks a conversion for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
11:00 Try 8 - 0
Sammy Wong scores for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
5:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Hannah Edwards kicks a penalty for Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wasps FC - Rugby in West London.
  • Saracens Women
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  • Hannah Edwards Penalty 5:00'
  • Sammy Wong Try 11:00'
  • Hannah Edwards Conversion 12:00'
  • Rose Galligan Try 17:00'
  • Serephine Okemba Try 20:00'
  • Becky Roby Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Kate Alder Try 33:00'
  • Lauren Newman Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Lucy King Sub On 40:00'
  • Hannah West Sub Off 40:00'
  • Rose Dixon Sub Off 45:00'
  • Sarah Mimnagh Try 45:00'
  • Nicola Smith Sub Off 45:00'
  • Charlie Veale Sub On 45:00'
  • Jay Sime Sub On 45:00'
  • Sarah Mimnagh Sub Off 64:00'
  • Kasey Allen Sub On 64:00'
  • Alex Hardy Sub Off 64:00'
  • Steph Neville Sub On 64:00'
  • Jay Sime Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Vicki Jackson Sub Off 70:00'
  • Anna Glyn Davies Sub On 70:00'
  • Kasey Allen Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Charlie Veale Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Liz Crake Sub Off 77:00'
  • Alice Sheffield Sub On 77:00'
  • Lucy King Yellow Card 80:00'

Team selection

Braun, Julia Braun, Julia
Alder, Kate Alder, Kate
Jackson, Vicki Jackson, Vicki
Edwards, Hannah Edwards, Hannah
Dixon, Rose Dixon, Rose
Veale, Tina Veale, Tina
Wong, Sammy Wong, Sammy
Mitchelson, Sarah Mitchelson, Sarah
Crake, Liz Crake, Liz
Smith, Nicola Smith, Nicola
Hardy, Alex Hardy, Alex
Powell , Alex Powell , Alex
Batley, Sarah Batley, Sarah
Mimnagh, Sarah Mimnagh, Sarah
West, Hannah West, Hannah
Saracens Women
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  • 7. Becky Roby
  • 8. Rose Galligan
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  • 10. Zoe Harrison
  • 11. Lauren Newman
  • 12. Serephine Okemba
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