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Harlequins Ladies v Loughborough Lightning

Fresh from breaking the record for an attendance at a women’s club match Harlequins Ladies are back in action against Loughborough Lightning in the Tyrrells Premier 15s play-off semi-finals.  Kick-off is at 2pm and tickets are available.

No fewer than 4,837 supporters were at Twickenham Stoop on 30 March to witness the final round of the 2018/19 Premier 15s season (for more about the league see below).  And they weren’t disappointed as Harlequins Ladies turned on the style against Gloucester Hartbury Women running in nine tries for a 62-0 win.

Shaunagh Brown

Photo: Getty Images for Harlequins

Harlequins know they are in for a far tougher match today against a Loughborough Lightning side who finished just one place in the table and 5 points behind them at the end of the regular season.  Both teams are stacked with international players and have met twice this season in the league with honours even.  Harlequins got the upper hand back in December taking a 43 – 7 home win, however the boot had been on the other foot a couple of months earlier Loughborough Lightning running out 41-17 winners on home soil.

Will Harlequins Ladies or Loughborough Lightning progress through to the final and chance to claim the biggest trophy in English women’s club rugby?  Get your tickets now as all roads lead to The Stoop to find out.

The winners of today’s match progress to the Grand Final which is at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens ground on Saturday 27 April.  Waiting to meet them will be the winner of Saracens Women and Wasps FC Ladies who meet at Allianz Park this weekend.

Ones to watch: In Six Nations’ top try scorer Jess Breach, firefighter extraordinaire Shaunagh Brown and Scottish star Jade Konkel Harlequins Ladies have a hat-trick of players sure to receive close attention from the opposition.  Likewise Loughborough Lightning’s Sarah Hunter (England captain) and Emily Scarratt, who both starred for England in their recent Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam, come into this afternoon’s match in the best possible form.

Gates open at 12.30pm.  Kick-off is at 2pm.

Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

Tickets on the day subject to availability.  Checking the Harlequins Ladies Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.

About the Premier 15s: The Tyrells Premier 15s is a competition featuring the best club sides in England taking place from August to April and run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).  A top tier of women’s rugby union has existed since 1990 leading to an improvement in England’s fortunes on the international stage which saw the ‘Red Roses’ win the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and finish runners up in 2017.

The Premier 15s (also known as Women’s Super Rugby) was launched in September 2017 to support the Red Roses’ ambition to be the number one team in the world. 10 teams were invited to take part in the competition – largely drawn from existing Women’s Premiership teams – which receives a multi-million pound investment from the RFU to help deliver the minimum standards expected and provide high-quality coaching, facilities, training environments and community engagement plans. Saracens Women were the inaugural champions beating London rivals Harlequins in the play-off final.

There is no relegation or promotion for the first three years of the competition and each team plays each other, both at home and away, with the top four teams going through to the play-offs.  The winners of the two semi-finals this season will progress to the final at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens ground on Saturday 27 April.  The play-off final winners will be crowned this year’s Premier 15s champions.

The Premier 15s teams for season 2018/2019 are Bristol Bears Women, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Firwood Waterloo Ladies, Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC, Harlequins Ladies, Loughborough Lightning, Richmond FC, Saracens Women, Wasps FC Ladies, Worcester Valkyries

In the London area there are 4 teams to watch; Saracens Women (who play their home matches at Allianz Park), Wasps Ladies (Twyford Sports), Richmond Women (based at Richmond Athletic Ground) and Harlequins Ladies (based in Guildford and Twickenham Stoop).