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Lightning Rugby prepare for a physical battle at Surrey Sports Park

After kick starting the second half of the season with a win, in a rearranged fixture against Worcester Valkyries, Lightning are fired up and ready to take on Harlequins when they head down to Surrey Sports Park this Saturday.

Using the rearranged game to blow off any Christmas cobwebs, Lightning made sure to take the win in style finishing the game with a 36-7 win over the Valkyries at the Sixways Stadium. With a win already under their belt, and a good week of training in the bag, Lightning will be quietly confident going into their game against second in the table Quins.

Lightning last met with Harlequins at the beginning of the season in a very physical game. Lightning held their own in the first half, heading into the changing rooms only two points behind, but it was a tale of two halves as Quins forwards battered through Lightning’s defensive lines as the game went on, leaving the final score 40-19.

With big hitters Sarah Hunter, Olivia Jones, Cath O’Donnell and Charlotte Pearce all returning from their England training camp, Lightning are at virtually full strength as they head south.

Speaking about the challenge ahead of the weekend Head Coach Rhys Edwards said:

“It was good to get the win last week against Worcester after the Christmas break. At times we played some good rugby, but it’s important that we focus in on the consistency needed when we play Harlequins.

“Quins have been one of the most consistent teams over the last two years and are stacked with some of the most exciting players in the game. When we played them at home we were competitive for about 60-65 minutes but then we fell away. We have developed and grown as a team and the squad is looking forward to going to Surrey and showing this. We are excited to have Sarah (Hunter) and the other England players back after a national camp, as they add some real quality to the squad.”

The game takes place at Surrey Sport Park on Saturday 13th January, 2pm kick off.

Lightning line-up:

  1. Katie Trevarthen
  2.  Leah Barlett
  3. Mags Lowish
  4. Sarah Bonar
  5. Cath O’Donnell
  6. Rachel Malcolm
  7. Olivia Jones
  8. Sarah Hunter
  9. Lucy Nye
  10. Natasha Jones
  11. Jenny Maxwell
  12. Hannah Phillip
  13. Carys Williams
  14. Lizzie Adam
  15. Charlotte Pearce

Replacements

16. Becky Noon
17. Silvia Arpno
18. Jade Shakespeare
19. Amelia Harper
20. Isla Alejandro
21. Emma Hardy
22. Bethan Zeidler