Premier 15s: Harlequins maintain perfect start with win at Wasps

Premier 15s: Harlequins maintain perfect start with win at Wasps

Shaunagh Brown
Harlequins’ Shaunagh Brown (proper) was among the many try-scorers within the victory over Wasps

Harlequins maintained their successful begin to the Premier 15s season with a 31-12 victory away at Wasps.

The hosts began brightly when Ellie Kildunne scored a wonderful long-range strive, earlier than Quins took management to earn their second bonus-point win.

Abbie Dow, Amy Cokayne, Sarah Beckett and Shaunagh Brown all scored tries, whereas Abbie Ward crossed twice.

Subsequent up for Quins, they host newcomers Exeter Chiefs, who’ve misplaced their opening two matches.

Chiefs have been narrowly overwhelmed 24-22 by Bristol Bears on matchday two after lacking a late conversion to tie the inaugural West Nation derby.

Exeter took the lead throughout the opening two minutes however Bristol rallied after going behind to open up a 19-5 lead on the interval, earlier than additional extending their lead after the break.

The hosts had scored a last-minute attempt to scale back the deficit however Bristol held on to assert victory with a bonus level.

Loughborough Lightning additionally continued their spectacular begin with a 32-26 win over Gloucester-Hartpury.

Scrum-half Ella Wyrwas scored two tries within the opening 25 minutes however fast pondering from Gloucester skipper Natasha Hunt stored the guests in it.

Lark Davies powered over to increase Lightning’s lead earlier than Gloucester-Hartpury scored with the ultimate play to scale back the deficit.

Newly-formed Sale Sharks led 10-7 after the primary quarter towards Saracens, earlier than the two-time winners started to say their authority.

Chantelle Miell, Might Campbell, Marlie Packer, Zoe Harrison, Lotte Clapp and Poppy Cleall all scored for Sarries, who received 40-10 to assert their second successive bonus-point victory.

Worcester Warriors loved the most important win of the day with a thumping 58-5 win over DMP Durham Sharks.

The Warriors sealed the bonus level within the first half, earlier than scoring one other 5 tries after the interval.

Evaluation

Ladies’s rugby journalist Adam Zoltie at Wasps v Harlequins

After their first-round match was postponed earlier than the beginning of the brand new Premier 15s marketing campaign, there was a lot anticipation to see Giselle Mather’s Wasps Women in motion heading into this recreation towards London rivals Harlequins. With over a dozen new signings, together with an inflow of England sevens gamers, there had additionally been a lot expectation to see them stand up the desk with open, attacking rugby.

It was two of these new signings who made instant impacts for the house workforce, with Meg Jones pulling the strings at fly-half and Ellie Kildunne’s slaloming runs sufficient to trigger their visitors a mess of complications. After the teenager’s dazzling opener was countered by Amy Cokayne’s bulldozing strive, Kildunne almost scored once more just for Abby Dow to choose up the items and lengthen Wasps’ lead.

This was the final time the hosts could be on the scoreboard and a breakneck first 35 was punctuated by Ellie Inexperienced changing off Abbie Ward’s first strive of the day.

The fast tempo appeared to go well with the West Londoners extra and if the match had continued in the identical vein as the primary half there was each risk they might have gotten on the scoreboard once more. Nonetheless, Harlequins are specialists within the shut and regardless of commendable efforts by the house workforce in withstanding a barrage of assaults on their line Sarah Beckett, Shaunagh Brown and the superb Ward ensured Quins prolonged their unbeaten begin to the season.

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