Kapo Set to Make 100th Appearance for Richmond
After suffering their first defeat of their Tyrrells Premier 15s season at the hands of Gloucester-Hartpury last weekend, Richmond Women’s Head Coach Dave Mobbs-Smith has made a host of changes as they host bottom-placed side Worcester on Saturday evening. Kick off 5:15.
Having been one of the pace-setters in the opening two rounds, Richmond were brought back down to earth with a 29-0 defeat on the road. Mobbs-Smith will be hoping his changes will breathe life into his side as they take on Worcester, who are yet to earn a point this season, at the Athletic Ground.
In the pack, French captain Gaelle Mignot moves to hooker with the versatile Victoria Meki starting at prop. Club stalwart Laura Kapo starts in the No 1 jersey in what is set to be her 100th appearance in the old gold, red and black of Richmond. She will no doubt hope to get back to her try-scoring form of Round Two in her milestone appearance.
Clarke partners Abi Chamberlain in the half backs. The fly half has been a constant in the three league games to date and will be hoping her side can propel themselves up the table with victory over Worcester.
On the bench, the impressive Libby Povey and Kirsty Lee Griffiths complete the four promoted from the 2nd XV with Kiri Lose, Sophie Barnett, Emily CV Stone and front row Anna Butler also included in the match day 22.
Mobbs-Smith will be expecting a big reaction from his side that performed superbly in the first two rounds and remain within touching distance of the top two.
“There are a number of changes from the Gloucester-Hartpury match day squad of 22,” said Mobbs-Smith.
“After their performances in the 2nd XV win against Wasps there are starts for Steffi Clarke and Emily Hellgren and places on the bench for Libby Povey and Kirsty Lee Griffiths.
“In defeat last weekend on the road the performance was good and the squad’s intention is to turn performance into points. Worcester having started the new campaign on the back foot will be looking to change their current run of form.”
Worcester Valkyries fell to a 48-12 defeat to Richmond Women in Round 4 of the Tyrrells Premier 15s at Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday.
Winger Emelie Hellgren opened the scoring in the second minute for the hosts before full-back Katherine Wallis crossed after 15 minutes as Richmond built an early lead.
Rowena Burnfield then went over and Abi Chamberlain’s third straight conversion gave them a 21-0 advantage.
But Worcester hit back almost immediately when Brooke Clarke beat four defenders to touch down after a neatly-worked move from the scrum, to leave the score at 21-5 at the break.
The hosts then showed their strength at the set-piece to win a penalty try near the hour-mark as they secured the try-bonus point.
But Clarke hit back once again for Valkyries as she collected the ball inside the Richmond half and outpaced the covering defence to the tryline and Zoe Bennion converted.
At 28-12 Worcester hoped to bounce back but scores for Kirsty Lee-Griffiths and Claire Phelps stretched the hosts’ lead before late tries for replacements Elizabeth Povey and Emily Stone saw the young Valkyries condemned to a 48-12 defeat.
Valkyries | 15 Vicky Laflin, 14 Brooke Clarke, 13 Megan Varley, 12 Zoe Bennion, 11 Alexia McGahan (Gingell 60), 10 Beth James, 9 Sam Parker (Herring 60); 1 Akina Gondwe, 2 Lark Davies (C), 3 Lauren Leatherland (English 40), 4 Helena Bunce, 5 Ruth Black (James 70), 6 Madeleine Roslund (Wilcock 55), 7 Keeli Wood, 8 Cara Brincat
|07/10/2017||5:15 pm||Premier 15s||2017-18|