Casey snatches Sara­cens win

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De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sara­cens Women showed their com­po­sure and class to steal a late 31-28 win over clos­est ri­vals Har­lequins in a pul­sat­ing Lon­don derby.

Out­side cen­tre Han­nah Casey crossed in the dy­ing mo­ments to com­plete a re­mark­able vic­tory after Sara­cens had trailed by 16 points go­ing into the fi­nal five min­utes at Al­lianz Park.

They are now seven points clear of sec­ond-placed Quins at the top of the ta­ble.

Emily Scott, play­ing at full-back, opened the scor­ing for Quins early on. The 26-year-old has added dy­namism to the back line since re­turn­ing from the full-time sev­ens pro­gramme. The ver­sa­tile back’s good form was re­warded with a part-time Eng­land XVS con­tract this month.

Sara­cens’ Bry­ony Cleall, who has also been given a part-time deal by the RFU de­spite not yet hav­ing won a se­nior Eng­land cap, quickly replied for Sara­cens.

Scott got her sec­ond try and wing Heather Cow­ell swiftly fol­lowed her in scor­ing be­fore Sara­cens’ full-time pro­fes­sional Eng­land prop Han­nah Bot­ter­man crashed over.

After the in­ter­val, the vis­i­tors ex­tended their lead to 28-12 with a try from Scot­land No 8 Jade Konkel. How­ever, Sara­cens showed their met­tle in the dra­matic clos­ing five min­utes as a penalty try was fol­lowed by tries from re­place­ment Syd­ney Greg­son and Casey to clinch a dra­matic vic­tory.

Lough­bor­ough Light­ning sit third, just three points be­hind, Quins after they ran riot 53-14 against Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park Sharks away. Wasps, who oc­cupy the fi­nal play-off place, beat Rich­mond 38-12.

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