Richmond beat Saracens Women’s Premiership final. Richmond have claimed the Women’s Premiership title after they powered to a 28-17 win over Saracens in the final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.
Having finished top of the table in the regular season, Richmond confirmed their pre-eminence with a fine display, mixing clinical attacking with resolute defence when required.
Richmond got off to a great start when player of the match Emma Croker crashed over the line early on from a rolling maul.
And they extended their advantage with a fine try, the backs showing off some slick handling as they moved the ball right, before skipper Jackie Shiels picked up and scored from close range after the attack had been halted just short of the line.
However, Saracens then put together a long period of pressure and they were held up over the line as Richmond defended gallantly, before Shiels was yellow carded when she illegally intervened as the try-line came under threat once again.
And Saracens then opened their account when they moved the ball right and centre Lauren Cattell took an inside pass before crossing for the score.
Richmond upped their efforts and scored their third try of the evening through number eight Anna Caplice, who powered over from close range after another relentless attack.
The Saracens scrum was under pressure in the first half and, when they then tried to run the ball out from an unpromising position, Richmond wing Holly Myers was on hand to intercept and run in yet another try from the 22.
Abi Chamberlain added the conversion and Richmond were a commanding 22-5 in front at the interval.
Saracens were far from finished though and, after a tight start to the second half, they scored a fine try just before the hour mark, Cattell touching down again after an excellent pass out wide from fly-half April Brown set her up with a run to the line.
However, for the second time in the match, Cattell hit the post as she attempted to covert her own score.
And Richmond then made it 25-10 when Chamberlain calmly booted a penalty after a Sarries infringement.
Richmond continued to press and, after another methodical attack had taken them to within 10 metres of the line within the last 10 minutes, Saracens infringed at the breakdown and Chamberlain kicked another three-pointer to pretty much wrap up the victory.
But Saracens had the final say thanks to flanker Hannah Gallagher, who capped a sustained late attack by evading a pair of tacklers to grab a try following a quickly-taken tap-penalty.