Harlequins Ladies 14 -12 Richmond FC
Chloe Edwards’ second half try helped Harlequins come from behind to beat local rivals Richmond 14-12 in front of a record crowd at The Stoop.
Over 4,500 fans turned out to watch the derby and it was Richmond who got off to a fast start with Vic Britland going over for the first try of the game for the visitors.
Then Laura Kapo added a second try before the break with Abbie Chamberlain adding the extras.
Quins dragged themselves back into the game with Bobbie Haywood going over for a try and Jess Wooden slotted the conversion.
In the second half it was Edwards who went over for Quins’ second try of the match and Wooden’s conversion sealed the narrow victory.
Saracens Women 13-5 Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
Helena Rowland’s late penalty denied Darlington Mowden Park Sharks a losing bonus point as table toppers Saracens secured a 13-5 success.
Bryony Cleall went over from close range in the 11th minute to put the visitors – who were held to a draw by Gloucester Hartpury last time out – in front against the Sharks.
A breakaway try from the hosts meant it was 5-5 at the break.
Rosie Galligan’s score from a driving maul put Sarries back in front just before the hour mark and although the Sharks defended stoutly, Rowland’s late penalty denied them the consolation of a losing bonus point.
Firwood Waterloo Ladies 10- 44 Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC
Gloucester-Hartpury stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a superb 44-10 win away at Firwood Waterloo.
Kelly Smith and Rachel Lund scored two first-half tries as the visitors -who have beaten Harlequins and drawn with Saracens in recent weeks – got up to speed.
Keisha Hendricks got one back for the hosts but Gloucester-Hartpury regained the momentum before the break as Ellie Underwood burst through after a fortunate bounce of the ball.
Underwood grabbed her second minutes after the interval and they took control from there, with Ceri Large scoring twice while Tabitha Copson and Smith also added to the tally to round off the win.
Loughborough Lightning 24 – 7 Bristol Ladies
Lizzie Adam scored a sensational try to help Loughborough Lightning earn a bonus point 24-7 win over Bristol and move five points ahead of their opponents in the table.
Flying winger Adam opened the scoring with a length of the field effort on 20 minutes and the Lightning had their second on the half hour.
Inside centre Emma Hardy’s try put the hosts 15-0 up on 60 minutes with Hannah Philip sealing the bonus point in the final moments.
A penalty try on 74 minutes proved to be just a consolation for the visitors who left the East Midlands empty handed.
Wasps FC 55 -5 Worcester Valkyries
Hat tricks from Sarah Mitchelson and Hannah West helped Wasps come from behind to comfortably beat Worcester Valkyries 55-5.
Valkyries made a confident start to proceedings as Charlie Murray went over in the corner to give the visitors the lead.
The home side fired back with three tries before half-time as Sarah Mitchelson crossed the whitewash twice along with Kany Afilaka to put Wasps in command.
Mitchelson completed her hat trick in the second half crossing over with West, the loosehead prop, also scoring a hat trick of her own before Tova Derk and Sammy Wong dotted down moments before the end to cap off a nine-try success.