Rugby: Saracens Women get better of Bristol

Saracens Marlie Packer (pic Brian Lawless/PA)

Saracens Marlie Packer (pic Brian Lawless/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Saracens Women were made to work hard for their latest victory in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

But they came from behind to defeat Bristol Ladies 29-12 thanks to their strong second-half performance.

Lucy Attwood gave Bristol the lead when she ghosted between two defenders to score after only eight minutes, but Katherine Evans crashed over for Sarries.

The home side then showed their class after the restart and excellent handling from Bryony Cleall and Marlie Packer allowed El Perry to bundle over and edge them in front.

Saracens did not look back after that and Lotte Clapp’s try, plus scores from Packer and Cleall, means they are just one point behind London rivals Harlequins.

Table-topping Quins were 39-12 winners over Gloucester-Hartpury for their seventh bonus-point win in a row, with Jess Breach and Davinia Catlin both scoring braces.