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Wasps Ladies First team had welcomed Martha Halbert, Mariska Loots, Sarah Hudson, Rebecca Homer and Mal Wanduragala into their fold for the first league match of the season; with Sarah and Martha gaining starting positions. The team atmosphere was confident and buoyant as they headed onto the battlefield.

The teams were evenly matched and the stalemate was broken by a penalty converted by Wasps stalwart Shelley Rae. Shelley Rae and Nic Evans suffered injuries within thirty minutes, with Rae struggling on with a rib injury and Charlie Veale coming on as a back row substitution.

Saracens scored an unconverted try before the half time whistle, with England winger Michaela Staniford replying with a try in the far corner. With Wasps nudging ahead at half time they saw a range of changes with Charlie Veale also suffering a rib injury, Davinia Monteiro entered the front row, and Heather Fisher moved into the back row. Rae was replaced by Sue Day at outside half and Mal got her first team debut on the wing.

Wasps forwards dominated the set-piece, with excellent scrummaging , and plenty of defensive lineouts won. However, the ruck area needs further development with Wasps struggling to deal with Saracens experienced tight play. Heather Fisher was penalised with a ten-minute sin bin for constant infringements. England second row Jo Mcgilchrist was chomping at the bit to get on the pitch and replaced Natalie Binstead in the second row with thirty minutes to go.

Saracens poor discipline in the ruck situation was ill-tolerated, and they were punished with plenty of penalties and an eventual ten-minute sin bin for England flanker Maggie Alphonsi. The increased pressure resulted in good position on the paddock for Wasps, with Michaela Staniford going over under the posts for a second try.

Wasps Ladies ran into contact with fierce determination, the excellent support play throughout ensured plenty of continuity and Wasps developing structured phases of play. Notably, Sarah Hudson was formidable in defence, with her tough Army background ensuring she fronted up to the star-studded Saracens backline.

Phoebe Boone played her last match at Wasps, and played out of her skin as if it was her last ever match. Her work ethic and superb attacking play will be sorely missed.

Wasps defence was tested with excellent lines ran by England fullback Barras, and the unrelenting pressure led to Wasps leaking two further tries in the second half. The lead ebbed away in the dying minutes of the game, with Saracens stealing away with an 18-15 victory.

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