Top two meet in po­ten­tial league de­cider

The Rugby Paper - - Tyrrells Women’s Premier 15s - ■ By CHARLES JONES

A TI­TLE de­cider would not be over-stat­ing the im­por­tance of the game be­tween Har­lequins and Sara­cens this af­ter­noon even if Christmas is still a few weeks away.

The two teams have been on an­other level to the rest of the league so far in this cam­paign, both with a per­fect eight wins from the open­ing eight rounds.

Har­lequins are a sin­gle bonus point ahead with to­day’s match po­ten­tially mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence as they won’t meet again un­til the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

All six of their Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als start for Har­lequins after re­turn­ing from their 3-0 white­wash over Canada with Rachael Bur­ford cap­tain­ing the side.

Sara­cens’ head coach Rob Cain wel­comes Ital­ian in­ter­na­tional Va­le­ria Fedrighi and So­nia Green into the sec­ond row with the Cleall sis­ters, Poppy and Bry­ony, and Mar­lie Packer in the back row.

“Quins have shown dur­ing the first round of the competition how dan­ger­ous their pass­ing game is and how much speed they gen­er­ate when they have time and space,” said Cain.

“They have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and I am ex­cited for our play­ing group to con­tinue to grow and en­joy the type of chal­lenges that games like this present.

“This week been about re­fresh­ing our key prin­ci­ples and aims after the in­ter­na­tional break with the aim of pick­ing up where we left off.

“At the end of the day, one of the team’s un­de­feated streaks will come to an end so for the neu­tral it prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing, fast paced af­fair.”

Cap­tain: Rachael Bur­ford

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