Saracens Ladies too strong for Hawks at Allianz Park
HENLEY HAWKS remain third in the Women’s Championship South Division 1 after losing out to second-placed Saracens 2nds at their
HENLEY HAWKS remain third in the Women’s Championship South Division 1 after losing out to second-placed Saracens 2nds at their Premiership Allianz Park ground on Sunday.
The stage was set as a curtain raiser to Saracens’ first team, who needed a win against Wasps to secure their first Women’s Premiership league title since 2006.
For Henley it was a battle to secure second spot in the league below against the hosts who were one point above them in the table.
Saracens had recruited well since the opening day visit to Dry Leas and showed their intent from the start. On a fast track the game was played at pace as both sides looked to run the ball.
The hosts were able to bring in their big runners early and caused Henley to retreat. The quick transition from rucks allowed their midfield to hit the game line at speed and Henley to fall off tackles. This soon resulted in two well worked tries and a 14-0 lead after 15 minutes.
The Hawks were on the ropes, as any attack they sought was rebuffed by some big hits from their impressive locks. Henley needed to keep the ball and their composure to take the sting out of the game, but their task was made harder as Saracens scythed through the middle again to make it 19-0.
The visitors then found their stride in the last 20 minutes of the half. Lathbury-Haig’s tap and goes pinned Saracens back and Henley were now causing problems. It was all Hawks and they were rewarded with a try as Atkinson burst on to Dudding’s pass, who converted under the posts to make it 19-7 at half-time.
The break did not help Henley as Saracens regrouped and a repeat of the first half meant the visitors fell to early scores.
Chasing the game Henley still took it to the visitors as the pace of Tomas and Atkinson almost resulted in a quick response. With the score sitting on 29-7 they went in search of a bonus point and continued to attack. Saracens had the last word and their army centre finished off a fine display with another score to finish 36-7.
With their first team then securing the league afterwards the club showed why they are the force in the women’s game this season.
Henley’s player’s player award went to Solowin and coaches’ award to Lathbury-Haig.
Henley Hawks Women: 1 Sarah Adams, 2 Kelly-Anne Ferguson, 3 Bobby Barrett, 4 Katy Wysocki-Jones, 5 Megan Walsh, 6 Tina Simpson, 7 Amy Atkinson, 8 Victoria Wheeler, 9 Yaz Lathbury-Haig, 10 Carly Dudding, 11 Charlotte Sealey, 12 Elizabeth Hearn, 13 Ann-Marie Solowin, 14 Pip Timmins, 15 Rachel Parry. Replacements: Kerry Beech, Annette Tomas, Aisling Byrne, Danni Tinlin.