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Wasps Ladies - Match centre

Wasps FC Ladies
Saracens Women
D Waterman
Sat 20 Jan 13:30 - Tyrrell's Premier 15s - Premier Division Full time Attendance 150

Wasps FC Ladies beat undefeated Saracens 5-0

Wasps end Saracens unbeaten run

A game between two very competitive local sides, promised a great deal, and the match did not disappoint. The game saw a battle between two sides with almost impenetrable defences. Wasps FC ladies were the ones who came out on top - with one golden try that secured the victory.

The game started with high intensity, with Wasps FC ladies controlling the game early and pushing for the initial try and pinning Saracens back to their 5m line. However, the Saracens defence managed to brush off Wasps early pressure even when forced back to their own 5m line. It was now time for Wasps' defence to be tested. Saracens gaining possession through a scrum leading to a lineout deep into Wasps half. Wasps Ladies came out on top this time managing to push back Saracens to the halfway line.

By the 24th minute both teams were locked in an intense battle of territory, both teams fighting to find a crack in the other's line. The conditions made things even more tricky with the rain leading to a very slippery ball, causing multiple dropped balls and knock ons from both teams. The battle between the two sides intensified until the whistle blew for half time. Both teams went into the dressing rooms with the score line set at nil-all.

The 2nd half begun the way the first half left off with Saracens immediately earning a lineout on the Wasps 22m from the kick off. The 44th minute saw the first true chance of the game with Saracens earning a penalty kick slightly left of the posts on the wasps 22m line. Luckily for Wasps the conditions led to the ball just falling short of the posts. In the 49th minute No.16 Judith Stephenson replaced No.1 Ellena Perry.

It took until the 54th minute for the next chance to come, this time for Wasps Ladies, earning a penalty kick on Saracens 22m line. Unfortunately, the ball flew narrowly wide of the posts. The 60th minute saw Wasps earn another penalty kick, but with the tricky conditions challenging both teams, the kick flew wide. With 20 minutes to go, both teams were still at gridlock.

The next 5 minutes saw Wasps Ladies in possession and Saracens a man down after Bryony Cleale was yellow carded. Finally, in the 68th minute Wasps managed to break the Saracens line after another dominant Wasps scrum. The ball found the hands of Nolli Waterman (Sponsored by Quilter Cheviot and Europa Group) from the quick hands of Abby Dow and using a burst of pace to lose the defender and score down the blindside with a blade of grass between her and the touch line. Resulting in Wasps Ladies leading Saracens 5-0 with 12 minutes to go.

Wasps Ladies held on for the last 10 minutes under intense pressure and managed to fight the elements and achieve a hard-fought victory against a side previously unbeaten. Hoping to carry momentum and a great confidence boost into the rest of the season to come.

Oliver Cook
Media Officer
Wasps FC Ladies

Key moments

Try Danielle Waterman scores for Wasps FC Ladies


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78:00 Sub On
Anna Glyn Davies is substituted on for Wasps FC Ladies
78:00 Sub Off
Nicola Smith is substituted off for Wasps FC Ladies
71:00 Sub On
Emily Maisey is substituted on for Wasps FC Ladies
71:00 Sub Off
Sarah Mitchelson is substituted off for Wasps FC Ladies
69:00 Missed Conversion
Hannah Edwards misses a conversion for Wasps FC Ladies
68:00 Try 5 - 0
Danielle Waterman scores for Wasps FC Ladies
67:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Saracens Women
63:00 Sub Off
Tova Derk is substituted off for Wasps FC Ladies
63:00 Sub On
Kate Alder is substituted on for Wasps FC Ladies
53:00 Sub Off
Justine Lucas is substituted off for Wasps FC Ladies
53:00 Sub On
Kate Hallett is substituted on for Wasps FC Ladies
48:00 Sub Off
Rocky Clark is substituted off for Wasps FC Ladies
48:00 Sub On
Claire Purdy is substituted on for Wasps FC Ladies
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As it happened

  • Wasps FC Ladies
  • Saracens Women
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  • Rocky Clark Sub Off 48:00'
  • Claire Purdy Sub On 48:00'
  • Justine Lucas Sub Off 53:00'
  • Kate Hallett Sub On 53:00'
  • Tova Derk Sub Off 63:00'
  • Kate Alder Sub On 63:00'
  • Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Danielle Waterman Try 68:00'
  • Sarah Mitchelson Sub Off 71:00'
  • Emily Maisey Sub On 71:00'
  • Nicola Smith Sub Off 78:00'
  • Anna Glyn Davies Sub On 78:00'

Team selection

Waterman, Danielle Waterman, Danielle
Dow, Abby Dow, Abby
Jackson, Vicki Jackson, Vicki
Edwards, Hannah Edwards, Hannah
Derk, Tova Derk, Tova
Veale, Tina Veale, Tina
Wong, Sammy Wong, Sammy
Smith, Nicola Smith, Nicola
Crake, Liz Crake, Liz
Mitchelson, Sarah Mitchelson, Sarah
Baltruweit, Nora Baltruweit, Nora
Sheffield, Alice Sheffield, Alice
Lucas, Justine Lucas, Justine
Cokayne, Amy Cokayne, Amy
Clark, Rocky Clark, Rocky
Wasps FC Ladies

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Saracens Women 18 80
2. Harlequins Ladies 18 76
3. Wasps FC Ladies 18 69
4. Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC 18 60
5. Loughborough Lightning 19 53
6. Bristol Ladies 18 46
7. Richmond FC 18 31

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