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Gloucester Hartpury face unfortunate 35-20 defeat against Saracens Women

Report by Enya Lackie

Despite Ellie Underwood’s final try in the closing moments at the StoneX Stadium, it wasn’t enough for the Cherry and Whites to take home a victory on March 13.

Even with the equal scoring in the first half, Saracens’ forward force turned the tables in the home-sides favour to score the extra tries.

Head coach, Sean Lynn, stated that they will now go onto “making sure that our set piece is right” after having “struggled a bit with the scrum” against the Saracens.

Now, Lynn looks towards their next Cup game on April 2 as the welcome Wasps Ladies at home.

What happened

To kick-start the afternoon, Gloucester Hartpury dented Sarries defence with hard carries and quick pace, forcing Sarries’ discipline to drop and giveaway easy penalties.

With both sides quick around the breakdown, the fast turnovers at both sides meant that teams had to quickly react to the transitions.

First on the scoresheet, Saracens’ strong scrum was a test for the Cherry and Whites as Ella Wyrwas shot to the try line for the lead. Alongside Lisa Martin’s conversion, Saracens were currently in the lead.

But not for long...

Close behind, yet another Saracen’s penalty giveaway led Alicia Maude over the line, alongside Daisy Fahey’s conversion to equalise at 7-7.

Coming back harder, Sarries were eager to take the lead, but Fahey’s kicks served as an obstacle that Sarries had to overcome.

For a 14-7 home lead, Saracen’s strong contesting scrum allowed number eight Mackenzie Carson to peel off and cross over the whitewash alongside Martin’s conversion.

With big carries from Sophie Tandy and Underwood, Hartpury continued to test Saracen’s defence.

Cherry and Whites’ Anna Caplice secured a second try in the corner after Millie Wood’s impressive driving force for a close 14-12 at half time.

Into the second half, Fahey continued to work wonders with her kicks to pressurise Sarries’ defence.

Once again, the forwards were driving closer to the posts. The Sarries were being a hard contender but, Hartpury continued to show their discipline and eagerness for the try line.

Fahey was soon seen setting up the tee for the first penalty kick of the match for a one point lead at 14-15.

Hartpury’s Pip Hendy recovered a Sarries kick and darted through Sarries’ defence, however the game soon fell to a scrum; where Sarries hits the ground running with hopes to get the a stronger lead.

Saracens’ Alyssa Corrigan gets over the line with Martin’s conversion for a 21-15 lead. For another, Saracens’ prop Kellie Clifford goes in for a quick try for a 28-15 lead with a conversion.

Although Hartpury’s opportunities to boost their score line became limited from the clock, the Cherry and Whites kept fighting out wide.

With more penalties given away, Saracens scrum yet again led to a try for props May Campbell and conversion for a 35-15 lead. But this didn’t stop Hartpury’s winger, Underwood from getting the last try of the evening for the final whistle and to close the scoring at 35-20.

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