Bristol eager to progress from Mowden victory

Bristol will look to build on last weekend’s 26-3 win at Darlington Mowden Park when they face Richmond (2.30pm) in one of today’s two Tyrrells Premier 15s League matches.

Both teams have won four of their five games to date but Richmond are one place and eight points adrift of Bristol, having fewer bonus points and a five-point deduction for fielding an unregistered player in round six of the competition.

Today’s other match is at Sixways, where Worcester Valkyries, who have lost eight and drawn one, host fifth-placed Loughborough Lightning (2pm), with the visitors looking to extend their three- match unbeaten run.

There are three matches this afternoon in the Tyrrells Premier 15s Second XV League, with Bristol at Richmond and Saracens Wasps, both at 2pm, while Fir- wood Waterloo face Worcester Valkyries at 2.30pm.

Saracens Women ran in six tries in their 45-6 victory over Firwood Waterloo Ladies at Allianz Park to remain unbeaten this season and four points clear at the top of the the Tyrrells Premier 15s League table.

The hosts led 21-6 at the break with Helena Rowland converting her early try before adding the extras to touchdowns from Zoe Harrison and Bryony Cleall with Bethany Stott landing two penalties for the visitors.

The scoreline remained unchanged until the game went into the final quarter which saw unanswered tries from Georgie Lingham, Rose Galligan, Poppy Cleall, converted by Rowland, and Hannah Botterman.

Harlequins Ladies returned to winning ways with a 27-8 home victory over Wasps FC Ladies who had taken the early lead with a Hannah Edwards penalty but a try from Leanne Riley gave the hosts a 5- 3 half-time lead.

A try from Fiona Pocock increased the Quins lead before Christina Veale pulled one back for the visitors. But tries in the final quarter through Shaunagh Brown, a penalty try and Abbie Scott sealed the bonus point victory.

Darlington Mowden Park Ladies Sharks sealed their third win of the season thanks to four tries in the quarter to take a 38-24 bonus point victory away to Gloucester- Hartpury Women who had led 12-7 at the break but remain fourth for at least 24 hours.

Supermarine made it three wins in a row to move into fourth place in the Championship North table ahead of today’s game at second-place Lichfield, who suffered their first defeat of the sea- son last time out.

Cheltenham marched on unbeaten at the top of Championship South with a 17-10 win at Plymouth Albion, who have yet to pick up their first league point at the foot of the table. Despite the result, Albion produced their best display of the season with tries from Molly Hann and Heli Radcliffe. Bath slipped to their second home defeat in a row as they lost 28-15 to Henley.

Today, Cheltenham are at Henley, Plymouth Albion travel to third-placed Hove and Bath have a tough game at second- position Thurrock.

Six tries and two conversions saw Reading Abbey to a 34-7 win to take over third spot in Championship South West Two from visitors Drybrook, who suffered only their second defeat of the season.

Victory this afternoon for Cullompton, who won 42-22 at Guernsey last Saturday, in their match at Wimbledon would see the Devon side move into fifth place.

Ellingham & Ringwood remained un- beaten at the top with a 35-19 bonus- point win at Yeovil, despite the visitors travelling with just the 15 players who started the game due to injuries and non- availability. Prop Charlotte West and full- back Chloe Barrett both crossed for two of the Hampshire side’s tries, with one each for flanker Nina Hoadley, scrum-half Rosie Swan and centre Maggie Hishon, but they did lose Emma Lipsett to a yellow card and Barrett to injury.

Devizes suffered their third defeat in a row as they lost 63-0 at third-placed Oakmeadians, while Topsham’s game at home to Chipping Sodbury was postponed.

This afternoon the league leaders travel to face Oakmeadians; second-placed St Mary’s OBs are away to sixth-place Yeovil; the battle for fourth spot sees Devizes host Topsham, while struggling Chipping Sod- bury are at North Petherton.

Tries from tight-head prop Linzi Rollings, flanker Emma Payne, fly-half Vic- toria Gilmartin and outside centre Rosie Ellis, plus a conversion from No.8 Lucy Stone, gave Old Bristolians a 22-20 home win over Chew Valley Cats.

The result keeps Old Bristolians at the top of NC South West Two North, while the Cats, for whom fly-half Fiona Penfold scored two tries, are just two points adrift.

Westbury are second, a point behind, after their 39-5 home win over Bath Seconds in a match that started with uncontested scrums as the visitors were unable to field a competent front row.

Newton Abbot returned to the top of NC South West Two South as full-back Hayley Hopkins ran in five tries, to take her sea- son’s tally to 15, in their 51-7 home victory over Withycombe.

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