Harlequins Women defeat Sale Sharks 10-36

Monday, 29th November 2021 @ 11:40

Quins leave Sale with all five points following victory in the North West

Harlequins Women returned back to winning ways in the Allianz Premier 15s following a 10-36 win away at Sale Sharks on a freezing cold day in the North West.

Despite coming into the round six clash off the back of a three-game winning streak in the Allianz Cup, Quins found themselves on the back foot early on and gave away an early penalty for not rolling away. The home side took the chance to score the first points of the game through the boot of Sarah Law.

Harlequins reacted immediately and scored the first try of the game courtesy of England international Vickii Cornborough. The loosehead prop managed to gather a loose ball under the sticks to and dot down to open Quins’ account. 

After 20 minutes Quins found themselves scoring their second try of the afternoon after the famous Harlequins driving maul powered towards the line with international hooker Amy Cokayne scoring.

Quins were becoming relentless in their attack and punished Sale after being camped on the hosts’ try line for a number of phases. Scotland international Jade Konkel fell inches short, but Emily Robinson was on hand to pick and go and score try number three.

Sharks were still up for the fight despite being 16 points down. After spotting a small gap in the Harlequins defensive line Rachel

McLachlan weaved her way past two Harlequins defenders to score under the posts and close the gap.

There was still time for one more try before half-time. Speedy full-back Ellie Kildunne picked up a loose ball on the Sale 22 and breezed past multiple defenders to score.

The second half began with Quins defending on their try line for the opening 15 minutes, but the introduction of Club Captain Rachael Burford gave Quins the lift they needed. Burford provided a deft kick in behind the Sharks defence which allowed Kildunne to chase the ball down and score her second try of the afternoon. 

Jade Konkel ended the game with a bang and scored Quins’ sixth try of the game, meaning Quins return into the top four and continue their winning run in all completions to four games.