Thursday, 8th November 2018 @ 17:00
In a re-run of last year’s historic, record-breaking fixture, the two south west London giants will play at the Home of Harlequins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s on Saturday 19th January (kick-off, 15:00).
Originally to be played at Surrey Sports Park, this will be the fourth time that the women in quartered shirts will play at The Stoop this season, and one of three standalone encounters scheduled in 2018/19, exemplifying the commitment that the Club has made to growing the women’s game on the biggest stage.
Harlequins Head Coach Gary Street said of the fixture: “It’s fantastic to play at The Stoop and we do now consider it as our home, and a real fortress.”
“Last year’s match against Richmond was incredibly special for all of us, and to be able to in some way re-live that experience is a fantastic opportunity.”
In anticipation of this famous local derby, supporters will be looking for a similar level of drama and fanfare that last year’s match delivered, where over four and a half thousand spectators travelled to Twickenham to witness a dramatic 14-12 win for the hosts.
In front of a crowd comprised of loyal supporters, former Olympians and high-end sporting dignitaries, it was the visitors that ran out to an early twelve-point lead, thanks to tries from Vic Britland and Laura Kapo. With their backs against the wall, Harlequins’ consummate performers Shaunagh Brown and Davinia Catlin came into the game, providing a stable platform for rising stars like Bobbie Haywood to shine. Following a classic scrum-half snipe from Haywood, Women’s National Academy player Chloe Edwards drove over to win the contest.
From there, the match became a contest of attrition, with both sets of defences cancelling each other out and neither team being able to break through to score.
Harlequins could have - and arguably should have - scored late in the match, but once again the visitors stepped up to keep out the exciting wing options of Jess Breach and Natasha Bradshaw, who offered threats from all over the back field.
Breach, herself, was inches away from handing Quins their third try of the contest in the dying seconds of the match but Richmond's cover defence saw the young winger ushered in touch from close range.
Harlequins Ladies are currently on a five-match winning streak, having already beaten Richmond in Round 7 at The Athletic Ground. January’s match falls in Round 15, a crucial time in the season for teams like Quins who have serious playoff aspirations, and is therefore not one to be missed.
For Members, this match is included in your 2018/19 Membership, but you must claim your seat beforehand. For non-members, tickets cost £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors and can be purchased here.