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Report: Bristol Ladies 19-29 Saracens

Bristol Ladies rounded off the Tyrrells Premier 15s season with a defeat at the hands of a strong Saracens outfit on Friday.

The home side scored three tries, courtesy of Clara Neilson, Cat McNaney and a late consolation effort from Claire Molloy, but Saracens ran out comfortable winners at a rain-soaked Shaftesbury Park.

Bristol finish sixth following their first campaign in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, with nine wins and eight defeats in an encouraging maiden season in the competition.


What happened?

It was Saracens who raced into an early lead as Bryony Cleall crashed over, before Marlie Packer added a second soon after from close range.

Although Clara Neilson pounced on a mistake to reduce the arrears in the first period, Cleall grabbed a second of the afternoon before the interval to put the visitors in control.

Cleall completed an impressive hat-trick after the restart, before twin sister Poppy got in on the act from five metres to extend the lead to 29-7.

But Kim Oliver’s side hit back through Cat McNaney, before Claire Molloy went over at the death as Bristol fought back to 29-19 at the full-time whistle.

Bristol Ladies team:

15. Cat McNaney; 14. Lillian Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Lagi Tuima, 12. Amber Reed (c), 11. Sydney Gregson; 10. Lucy Attwood, 9. Caity Mattinson; 1. Jeanine Stephenson, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Michaella Roberts, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Poppy Leitch, 7. Claire Molloy, 8. Kate Newton.

Replacements: 16. Esme Bird, 17. Naomi Keddie, 18. Charlie Budge, 19. Ebony Jefferies, 20. Daisie Mayes, 21. Brooke Bradley, 22. Phoebe Murray.