Bristol see off Saracens to go second in Premiership table
BRISTOL Ladies moved up to second in the RFU Premiership table following a 27-7 victory over London Saracens.
For the second successive week, Bristol's international contingent played a key role in securing the spoils, with Ireland's Claire Molloy in superb form at the breakdown and England wing Sally Tuson showing class in her two-try performance.
Bristol continued where they left off last week against Darlington Mowden Park, playing a high-tempo offloading game that their hosts found difficult to cope with. England flanker Marlie Packer, now restored to full fitness, carried strongly, with England back-row colleague Izzy Noel-Smith never far from the action.
Bristol took the lead with a solo try from Tuson, closely followed by a debut try in Bristol colours for prop Sasha Acheson. Both efforts went unconverted.
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Bristol continued to dominate, and opened up a 17-point buffer when Molloy crashed over for a try, converted by centre Amber Reed.
Sarries pulled a try back when scrum-half Leanne Rielly scampered in under the posts. Debbie Marchek addded the conversion.
The home side began to get the upper hand at the scrum and started to threaten with ball in hand, but Bristol's defence was equal to the task.
Bristol full-back Kate Hancock raced in for her third try in two outings, and Tuson's late five-pointer sealed the visitors win.
Bristol Ladies 2nd XV returned victorious from Swindon following a 36-7 success over Supermarine Ladies.
Bristol handed debuts to several players, including hooker Isobel Rico and lock Elena Redondo, who have joined the club from Spain to gain experience.
The visitors scored six-tries, thanks to doubles from Rico and Deb Flemming, plus touchdowns from prop Jen Popham and Becky Hughes.
Full-back Becky Cox (2) and centre Sarah Graham added three conversions.
Chipping Sodbury Ladies paid the price for a poor first half in a 26-12 defeat to Reading.
Wing Jess Pike and No 8 Amy Brooks touched down in the second half for Sodbury, while Michelle Deverill landed one conversion from the touchline.
Debutante centre Miriam Soteriou helped herself to four tries in St Mary's Ladies' 47-7 demolition of Devizes Ladies at Trench Lane, having led 40-0 at the break.
Fellow centre Laura Rugman bagged 17 points with a try and six from seven conversions. Lock Katie Sully and wing Esther Gasa Fonollosa also crossed for Mary's.
Tries by Niamh Egan, Joanne Pratt and a Sarah Hurley try and conversion, salvaged a 17-17 draw for Old Reds Ladies away to Ivel Barbarians