Women’s Six Nations stars in domestic action across Europe

There was drama in Ireland as Railway Union suffered back-to-back defeats to Old Belvedere while national team captain, Sene Naoupu shone brightly.

There was drama in Ireland as Railway Union suffered back-to-back defeats to Old Belvedere while national team captain, Sene Naoupu shone brightly.

Meanwhile Saracens stayed top of the Tyrells Premier 15s table with an emphatic win over DMP Sharks but there was movement elsewhere in the table.

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Saracens recorded the biggest victory of the weekend as they beat DMP Sharks 59-0 at Allianz Park.

The win means Saracens remain top of the table and the home side got off to a flyer when England star Vicky Fleetwood crashed over the line with just three minutes on the clock.

Soon after the rain came down and the floodgates opened as Sarries ran in another five tries, including one more for Fleetwood before half-time to make it 36-0.

Fleetwood continued to impress throughout the game as the Women in Black wrapped up the game before it turned scrappy.

Head coach Alex Austerberry said after the game: “There were a lot of positives to take from the first half and we played some great rugby. The second half turned pretty scrappy and we have to make sure we keep our discipline a lot better, otherwise we will be punished.”

Elsewhere Harlequins leapfrogged Loughborough Lightning to move up into second in the table with a 43-7 victory over their match-day opposition.

Tries for Heather Cowell, Emily Scott, Georgia Newman and Leanne Riley put Harlequins in control before Riley added another.

Lightning secured a consolation score but Harlequins had the final say as Cowell added a second try before Chloe Edwards scored in the final minutes.

Worcester Valkyries suffered another setback when they were denied their first win of the season by Richmond.

Ireland international Anna Caplice scored a late try to complete a stirring 21-15 comeback to keep Worcester rooted to the bottom of the league.

A hat-trick of tries for England international, Kelly Smith, meant that Gloucester-Hartpury avenged their defeat earlier in the season with a 53-7 win.

Wasps bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to Loughborough with a 34-0 win over Firwood Waterloo.

Centre Louise Dodd opened the scoring after making a gap for herself, before Garnet Mackinder raced in eight minutes from half-time.


Montpellier and Stade Toulousain maintained their thus-far flawless campaigns as France’s Elite 1 passes the halfway mark.

Defending champions Montpellier made it nine from nine in Pool 1 with a 55-5 victory over Stade Rennais.

ASM Romagnat took advantage of Blagnac being out of action over the weekend and closed the gap between them and the second-placed side with an 8-0 win over Lons Rugby Feminin Bearn Pyrenees.

In Pool 2 Stade Toulousain put together a convincing win over AS Bayonaisse, beating their nearest rivals in the table 50-7.   Italy

There were big wins for the Girone 1 pacesetters Rugby Colorno and Villorba Rugby in round eight as they stay level on points.

In Girone 2 Unione Capitolina maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 31-5 victory over their nearest rivals, CUS Ferrara Rugby.

Rugby Colorno put 70 past Rugby Riviera 1975, who finished the game without a point on the board and Villorba responded in kind, beating Chicken CUS Pavia 89-0.

The two sides are only separated by points difference at present but will go head-to-head in the next round of fixtures.


Only two points separate the top three sides in Ireland after Railway Union suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of Old Belvedere.

Ireland captain Sene Naoupu was back in the side after leading Ireland out at Twickenham and made a telling contribution, scoring a try and making some excellent runs.

Out for revenge after their previous 18-15 home defeat, Railway Union started strong and scored an early try but did not register another point for the remaining 75 minutes of the match against Old Belvedere.

Meanwhile It was another frustrating evening for Cooke as they failed to convert their possession into points against Blackrock.

When Blackrock got a foothold in the game they managed to pin Cooke back in their 22 for long periods and eventually ran out 22-12 winners.


Only one game went ahead in the Women’s Premiership and it was a resounding win for Caernarfon RFC as they beat Whitland RFC 81-0.