Hea­gerty and Water­loo tar­get three in a row

The Rugby Paper - - Women’s Premier 15s - By YASHAS MUDUM­BAI

FIR­WOOD Water­loo might have won their last two games but coach Giles Hea­gerty has warned his team they will have to step it up a level to make it three in a row against Rich­mond at the Memo­rial Ground.

Both teams have had dif­fi­cult starts to the sea­son so far, with Fir­wood Water­loo win­ning three matches and Rich­mond be­ing vic­to­ri­ous just twice in nine matches.

But in the last round of fix­tures, they both won ex­tremely close en­coun­ters and in Water­loo’s case, gained a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Water­loo held on against a bar­rage of at­tacks from Worces­ter Valkyries to win 23-22 away from home, while Rich­mond pulled off a stun­ning come­back from 22-7 down at half-time to win 24-22 against Bris­tol Bears.

Given that mo­men­tum, there is ev­ery chance this should be a thrilling game, and Hea­gerty knows that his side can­not af­ford to make costly er­rors which al­most de­nied them vic­tory against the win­less Valkyries.

He said: “Rich­mond will be a tough task this week­end.

“Whilst we showed a lot of grit last week to get the re­sult, we made a lot of er­rors that we sim­ply can­not af­ford to be mak­ing this week.”

Water­loo will be with­out their Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Sarah Beck­ett, who is ab­sent through in­jury, while Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional Lau­ren De­laney and Wales’ Lisa Neu­mann are both on en­forced rest.

Rich­mond head coach Jonathan Grif­fin, has made min­i­mal changes to his side with Cerys Lawrence com­ing in at blind­side flanker, while Jade Wong is also back in the cen­tres.

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