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Lightning Rugby brave the beast from the east and head south

After a week off in the Tyrells Premier 15’s Lightning Rugby are braving the beast from the east and heading down south to take on Richmond this Saturday.

Lightning will be looking for their fourth straight win and maximum points as the fight for a coveted place in the top four play-off spots heats up as we enter the final rounds of the season.

After keeping the home crowd on their toes and trailing 0-3 at half time, Lightning stepped up a gear in the final 40 minutes against Darlington Mowden Park, stretching their defence and scoring multiple times to end the game with a 21-15 win. Lightning will want to improve their performance however going into this week’s match against Richmond, who are a very physical side and will take advantage of any mistakes made. Last time the two sides met in the East Midlands Loughborough took the win 27-15, a score that they will be looking to build upon this Saturday evening.

With a break in the Six Nations this weekend the side will welcome back Jenny Maxwell, Mags Lowish, Cath O’Donnell, Olivia Jones and Charlotte Pearce.

Speaking about Saturday’s encounter Head Coach Rhys Edwards said:

“Richmond is going to be another difficult challenge as they are a very physical and well drilled side. Our win against to DMP Sharks has meant that we have had a positive few weeks training despite the adverse weather conditions.”

With key players also returning to the side from the six nations, Edwards remains positive at the task ahead;

“It’s great to welcome back Olivia (Jones), Cath(O’Donnell) and Mags(Lowish) to the pack. Richmond in particular are going to be a physical team up front and it’s important that we match them physically to enable us to control the game.”

The game takes place at Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday 3rd March, 5.15pm kick off.

Lightning line-up:

  1. Katie Trevarthen
    2. Leah Barlett
    3. Mags Lowish
    4. Cath O’Donnell
    5. Zoe Warrington
    6. Gerogia Bradley
    7. Becky Noon
    8. Olivia Jones
    9. Jenny Maxwell
    10. Natasha Jones
    11. Lizzie Adams
    12. Hannah Phillip
    13. Carys Williams
    14. Bethan Zeidler
    15. Charlotte Pearce


  1. Holly Phillips
    17. Silvia Arpano
    18. Jade Shakespeare
    19. Amelia Harper
    20. Lucy Nye
    21. Florence Williams
    22. Meg Davey