Tyrrells Premier 15s final: Saracens Women's season so far
24 Apr 2018

Ahead of the Tyrrells Premier 15s final between Harlequins Ladies and Saracens Women this weekend at Trailfinders Sports Ground, here's a look at how Sarries made it to the final during the 2017/18 season.

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Out of the blocks

It was a battling start to the season for Saracens who fought out a 22-13 victory at Firwood Waterloo Ladies in their opener.

They would go on to show the rest of the league how strong they were by winning their first eight games to sit second in the league, just behind fellow finalists Harlequins, who had scored more try bonus points at that point.

In the first meeting between the two teams, England flanker Marlie Packer scored a hat-trick as Sarries secured a 28-19 win at Twickenham Stoop to go top of the table - where they would remain for the rest of the season.

Their first defeat would not come until round 13, when Wasps Ladies FC beat them 5-0 at home,  while apart from Quins beating them in the final round of games, the only other team to take points off Rob Cain's side was Gloucester-Hartpury Women during the 29-29 draw.

Knockout delight

Despite a 32-29 home defeat to finalists Harlequins in round 18, Saracens finished top and would face Gloucester-Hartpury in the semi-finals.

Although they travelled away in the first leg, Sarries' pack proved too strong on the day as they scored six of the 10 tries in what turned out to be a comfortable 62-0 victory.

It was a tighter affair in the next match, but at Allianz Park they eased their way into the final with a 45-26 win, with flanker Bryony Cleall scoring for a third game in a row.

Key stats

Not surprising for the team that finished top of the table at the end of the regular season, but Saracens finished with the most try bonus points (15 in 18 games) and also the highest points difference of +455.

That is down in some part to their clinical pack with England's Marlie Packer (20) leading the try scoring charts this season and team mates, and identical twin sisters, Poppy and Bryony Cleall just behind on 17.

As well as the top try scorer, Saracens also have the top points scorer in the league as fly half Helena Rowland leads the way on 120, including nine tries, 36 conversions and one penalty.

Sarries scored 125 tries over the campaign with 72 of those coming from their forwards, 44 from backs, seven from the replacements and two penalty tries - an average of over six tries scored in a game.

It was not just try scoring where Saracens excelled, they had the best defensive record in the league conceding just 193 points, including five shut outs where they opposition did not score a point.

Physical battle

Saracens Women captain and Red Roses wing Charlotte Clapp believes those coming to Trailfinders Sports Ground on Sunday will see some entertaining, but physical rugby from the two teams.

“I’m looking forward to the final a lot," said the 23-year-old. "It’s going to be an amazing match to play in. It’s going to be a really great display of rugby from both sides but hopefully we can come away with the trophy.

"It’s a huge day for women’s rugby so it’s really exciting that people are interested about it. Both teams like to play out wide and run it around but I’m also expecting a real physical battle.”