Harlequins Ladies 80 Worcester Valkyries 7

In Norse mythology a Valkyrie is one of a host of female figures that choose who will live and die in battle.

Fortunately yesterday  the Worcester variety of Valkyrie did not have such a sinister job description as they faced a Harlequins side in a purely sporting battle.

But for the home side it was one of those “Days in the sun” both literally and metaphorically, as Quins played with a verve and panache scoring forty points in each half, eleven tries and won by 80 points to 7, to secure a play off place in the inaugural Tyrell’s Premier 15s Championship.

As Coaches Gary Street and Karen Findlay reached for their factor 50 high up in the stand at a sun kissed Surrey Sports Park, Fiona Fletcher had already touched down for the opening score.

Ellie Green bossed matters at ten with a maturity and composure that belied her tender age, remember the name, because in years to come you won’t be able to forget it.

Leanne Riley at scrum half “looked after” her fly half and did a lot of unseen work to ensure that she was given a first class service to enable her talents to shine.

The bonus point was secured by half time after further tries from Holly Myers, Aldora Itunu (2), Shona Brown and Megan Brown, the 40-7 scoreline was an accurate reflection of a breathtaking first forty minutes.

Starbucks had barely emptied as the latte clutching spectators raced back pitch side to see Itunu complete her hat-trick, the try tsunami continued for Quins as Fiona Fletcher got her second, followed by Sam McCarthy (2), Chloe Edwards and finally Shona Brown got her second of the match.

Spare a thought for the exhausted scoreboard operators, Scotland and Wales internationals Beth Dainton and Deborah McCormack whose consummate performance must surely put them in line for roles in the next Channel 4 series of countdown.

Vicky Foxwell scored the Valkyrie’s only try but the Worcester side played their part in an entertaining game that thrilled the ample crowd.

Harlequins Ladies are seeking to make history by hosting the largest ever crowd to a women’s club rugby match on Saturday 10th March when they face Richmond Ladies (kick-off 15:00). Get your tickets now and make it apart of your 6 Nations weekend.

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