TEAM NEWS | Saracens Women v Gloucester-Hartpury
Head Coach Alex Austerberry says this next block of matches for Saracens Women, which starts on Saturday against Gloucester-Hartpury could go a long way to deciding their fate for the 2021/22 season.
The Women in Black are currently top of the Allianz Premier 15s after winning five matches in a row, and if they can continue their good form they can all but secure their place in the end of season play-offs.
After a break weekend the players will all be looking to hit the ground running on Saturday at StoneX, and Austerberry has named a strong side for their next challenge.
Kelsey Clifford, May Campbell and Alex Ellis start in the front-row, with Sonia Green and Catha Jacobs combining in the second-row.
Georgia Evans, Vicky Fleetwood and co-captain Marlie Packer continue at the base of the scrum after their impressive display by the pack in the derby victory over Harlequins a fortnight ago.
Ella Wyrwas and Holly Aitchison will re-ignite their half-back partnership, and will look to utilise the dynamic midfield of Alev Kelter and Cara Wardle.
Alysha Corrigan, Rachel Laqeretabua and co-captain Lotte Clapp will operate in the back-three, with searing pace between them which is sure to get the StoneX crowd on their feet.
On the bench there is a boost as Poppy Cleall returns to the match day squad, and Welsh international duo Kat Evans and Donna Rose will give the set-piece plenty of power when called upon.
Austerberry has challenged his players to continue their winning run this weekend.
“The next three games – Gloucester-Hartpury, Bristol Bears and Sale Sharks – are vital in terms of taking control of our destiny. We’re in a good place so we need to make sure we don’t let opportunities slip.”
Saracens Women team to play Gloucester-Hartpury:
1 Kelsey Clifford
2 May Campbell
3 Alex Elis
4 Sonia Green
5 Catha Jacobs
6 Georgia Evans
7 Vicky Fleetwood
8 Marlie Packer (cc)
9 Ella Wyrwas
10 Holly Aitchison
11 Alysha Corrigan
12 Alev Kelter
13 Cara Wardle
14 Rachel Laqeretabua
15 Lotte Clapp (cc)
16 Kat Evans
17 Mackenzie Carson
18 Donna Rose
19 Fi McIntosh
20 Poppy Cleall
21 Lisa Martin
22 Hannah Casey
23 Chantelle Miell