Loughborough Lightning outperform Harlequins on home turf to make it three from three in their Tyrells 15’s campaign.
After a dominant display against Wasps last weekend, Lightning looked to continue their strong form against a challenging and experienced Harlequins side.
It wasn’t long before Lightning scored as a penalty try was awarded and Mclean slotted the kick home in the 13th minute. Harlequins retaliated quickly with Scott slithering through Lightning line-up scoring a try in the 16th.
In a short period of end to end play Lightning came out on top on the 25th minute as O’Donnell soared across the line regaining the lead. 8-5.
From that point onwards, Lightning forced their way through scoring a further two trys and one conversion before the half time whistle blew. The score 22-5 to the home side.
The second half saw more of the same with Lucas scoring one minute after the whistle blew. Getting her name on the score sheet for the first time in the match was player of the match Carys Williams who outplayed her opposing counterpart for the majority of the game weaving through the Harlequins line to score. Mclean secured the conversion to take the score out of the reach of Harlequins.
As the 78th minute approached, Lightning were comfortable with 41:5 on the scoreboard. Playing for pride, Harlequins Cowell darted down the wing to score. Green missed the conversion, which would’ve had little effect to the score line at this late point. Replicating the play, Cowell scored again, with this time a clean conversion by Green in the 80th minute.
As the final whistle blew Lightning had comfortably secured the win 41:17 and will continue their successful 2018/19 Tyrells 15’s campaign unbeaten.
Head Coach Rhys Edwards said:
“We’re really pleased, with Harlequins being as good as they were last year it was always going to be a challenge but the momentum we got from Wasps last week has allowed us to build on it and show what we’re capable of. The score today is really positive and I am proud of how we took control.
Carys was our player of the match today, she stepped up in defence as our defence captain and she’s really grown into it. Her performance today reflected how well she’s doing especially being rewarded with an interception try which is a great example of it.
Looking ahead to Gloucester-Hartpury next week it is really important we keep this momentum we’ve built and kick on. It will be a tough game away from home, something that we weren’t strong at last year. But, we’ve put ourselves in a really good position.”
Sunday, 23rd September 2018 @ 09:45
LIGHTNING TAKE THE SPOILS AT LOUGHBOROUGH
Harlequins travelled en masse to Loughborough on Saturday, with the 1st XV and Development XV both running out against Lightning in the first women’s double header of the 2018/19 season.
England Fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean was first on the board when she slotted an early kickable penalty. Quins’ Emily Scott, was quick to respond just two minutes later when Lightning conceded a penalty for a high tackle, Scott taking the initiative and taking the quick tap to run through the Lightning broken defence to score a well-worked five points. She couldn’t add the extras to her own score and so the score remained at 3-5.
Further tries for Loughborough from Catherine O’Donnell and Sarah Hunter saw the score just before half time sitting at 15-5 before a pivotal moment in the match saw Quins’ Swedish international Victoria Petersson yellow-carded for an off-the-ball tackle which resulted in the referee awarding a penalty try.
Early play in the second half was all going Lightning’s way with tries for prop Justine Lucas and centre Carys Williams who ran onto an interception and powered away from a scrambled Quins’ defence.
Quins’ Game Changer Heather Cowell made an impact in the second half scoring two long range tries, the second converted by replacement Fly-half Ellie Green to bring the final score to Loughborough 41-17 Harlequins. “A hard day at the office with plenty for the team to reflect on,” surmised co-Head Coach Karen Findlay.
Meanwhile, across campus, the Quin’s Development XV, in their first league fixture of the season, took Lightning’s scalp with a 17-29 win over the hosts.
Try scorers for Quins were Kiera Paul-Jones, Samantha King, Jenny Eyre and Becky Smith conversions (2) Emogene Sutton.
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