Tyrrells Premier 15s: Hannah Botterman helps Saracens to the top of the table with success at Richmond
PUBLISHED: 12:28 16 February 2020 | UPDATED: 12:28 16 February 2020
Former Datchworth and Welwyn junior Hannah Botterman took a break from helping England defend their Women’s Six Nations title to score in Saracens’ 42-7 success away at Richmond.
It was their 12th straight win in the Tyrrells Premier 15s and means the champions have now jumped back to the top of the table.
In total they ran in six tries although they had to come from behind in a match that had been originally been scheduled for before Christmas.
Ro Burnfield had given the home side made the perfect start, capitalising on a knock-on and a number of strong carries after four minutes.
But after the conversion was made Saracens began to turn the screw.
Their first try came midway through the half thanks to Scotland international Jodie Rettie. She showed impressive control at the back of a big scrum to get the ball over the line and dot down.
The rest of the half proved to be a stop-start affair but the visitors to the Athletic Ground took the lead with just a few minutes remaining.
Botterman and May Campbell made the initial burst through the defence and Rocky Clark, who also plays for OA Saints, applied the finishing touch as she ran a short line off Lisa Martin to go over next to the posts.
Saracens had probably been guilty of trying to play too much rugby in the opening period but they rectified that after the break.
Another dominant scrum gave Sarries their third try with Alex Ellis getting the final touch and Botterman, who made yards on every carry, ensured Saracens got their bonus point as she powered in from 20 metres.
It was arguably the try of the game as the visitors put together a multi-phase attack and the prop took advantage of a retreating defence to finish well.
Two mores tries followed in the final quarter as England duo Vicky Fleetwood and Poppy Cleall came off the bench and made their presence felt.
Both were very much carbon copies of each other as they came off the back of multiple phases on the Richmond line.
The final 20 minutes also saw the welcome return of Bryony Cleall to the pitch as the forward made her first appearance in almost a year.
And she looked delighted to back out there with several strong carries.