Allianz Premier 15s Semi Final – Loughborough Lightning v Saracens

It’s the business end of the Allianz Premier 15s season this weekend and Loughborough Lightning make the trip to the Stone X Stadium in London to face top of the table Saracens. Head Coach, Rhys Edwards, provides his thoughts ahead of the fixture:

Looking ahead to the semi-final, obviously playing against Saracens who are probably the most successful team in the women’s Allianz Premier 15s era, it’s going to be a big challenge.  Our games against each other have always been a tit for tat affair so it’s sets this semi-final up to be a really exciting game. Both teams play a contrasting game of rugby so it’s important from our point of view to take control of the game early; we’ve shown in previous games against Sarries that we’ve started well but have always had a different second half. We do know there will be lots of points in this game so we’ll need to take control, play in the right areas and take every opportunity we can.  It’s great to have a full squad to select from and to go down to the Stone X Stadium with a formidable pack and a really exciting back line that can really stretch teams; I’m looking forward to it.

With spectators allowed this will be the first game for both sides this season with a crowd, which will no doubt add another element to the game.  Tickets are still available to purchase via the Saracens website so if you can make it to London your support for Lightning would be much appreciated.

If you can’t make it to the game in person it will be lived streamed by the RFU on the Premier 15s Website, be sure to register ahead of time to watch. BT Sport viewers will also be able to watch the game on the BT Sport app.

Lightning line-up:

  1. Detysha Harper
  2. Lark Davies
  3. Daleaka Menin
  4. Abby Duguid
  5. Cath O’Donnell
  6. Emma Wassell
  7. Rachel Malcolm ©
  8. Sarah Hunter
  9. Meg Davey
  10. Helena Rowland
  11. Rhona Lloyd
  12. Emma Hardy
  13. Emily Scarratt
  14. Nina Vistisen
  15. Lizzie Goulden
  16. Bryony Field
  17. Leah Bartlett
  18. Gill Bourke
  19. Amelia Harper
  20. Becky Noon
  21. Jess Weaver
  22. Georgina Tasker
  23. Olivia Jones

Photo Credit:  Ben Lumley