Bristol close gap with 89-0 rout of Worcester

Unusually all ten Tyrrells Premier 15s League sides were in action yesterday afternoon before the competition takes a break over the festive period and returns in mid-January with the final seven rounds before the play-offs.

Bristol closed the gap on third-placed Wasps to six points with a 89-0 home victory, their third win in a row under new head coach Kim Oliver, over Worcester Valkyries, where former Bristol coach Roy davies is in charge.

Saracens Women go into the break un- beaten at the top of the trees after their 34-7 bonus point victory away to Loughborough Lightning, whose only points came with ten minutes to play when Natasha Jones converted her own try.

England back row Marlie Packer crossed for two of the visitors’ tries with one each for Hannah Botterman, Cara Wardle, Poppy Cleall and captain Lotte (sic) Clapp with Helena Rowland adding two conversions in the second half.

Harlequins Ladies are just three points behind in second place thanks to a com- prehensive 51-12 victory away to Firwood Waterloo Ladies who remain one place off the foot of the table after tries from Re- bekah Wilson, converted by Bethany Stott, and Mhariri Grieve.

Inside centre Jess Breach crossed for three of the Quins tries with one each for Holly Myers, Ellie Miles, Deborah McCormack, Shaunagh Brown, Olivia Critchley and a penalty try with captain Rachael Burford adding two conversions.

Gloucester-Hartpury Women slipped to third defeat in a row as they went down 37-17 away to third placed Wasps FC Ladies who ran in seven tries including two each for Justine Lucas and Rocky Clarke.

The visitors, who had Ceri Large yellow- carded just before the break, replied came through Kelly Smith with the opening try of the game plus second half touchdowns from Hannah Jones and Bethan Lewis, the second converted by Megan Goddard
Darlington Mowden Park Sharks’ match was called off due to a frozen pitch just as the Richmond FC Ladies arrived at the ground.

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