SSgt Jade Mullen (ACG (SPS)) was back in the quartered shirts of Harlequins this weekend for the first time in 2022, and she marked her return by grabbing herself a second half try to help the reigning Premier 15s champions achieve a bonus point win over Worcester.
Harlequins welcomed the Warriors to the Twickenham Stoop to make up their game in hand on the other teams in the top four, and with Worcester woefully out of form the hosts capitalised.
Bdr Bethan Dainton (RA) was in the starting line-up, and Quins helped themselves to three tries in the first half to lead 15-3 at the break. That became 22-3 and a bonus point eight minutes into the second half, with Quins going on to score three more tries before full-time, SSgt Mullen going over in the corner.
The win moves Harlequins into third in the table on points difference from Exeter, with seven rounds of matches still to be played.
In the men’s game Pte Ratu ‘Siva’ Naulago (Yorks) continued his try scoring streak with a first half effort for Bristol on Friday night, when the Bears welcomed London Irish to Ashton Gate.
At half-time Bristol led, but had been put under plenty of pressure by the Exiles in the opening 40. But Irish then scored two tries, Pte Naulago saw red for a dangerous tackle on the hour, and the visitors went on to power their way to a 49-32 win, Bristol only putting some respectability on the scoreline with a pair of late tries.
Also seeing red this weekend was LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni (Scots DG), who sat out virtually the whole second half after putting in a high tackle on Wasps’ Sam Spink at the CBS Arena in Coventry.
As with Bristol, the first half had been very competitive, and Bath were pushing the in-form Wasps all the way to trail by just three points at the break.
Indeed, Bath looked to be shrugging off the player disadvantage, scoring 10 unanswered points to lead 24-17 as the final 10 minutes approached. But 14 men became 13 with a yellow card, and then Wasps took a grip on proceedings, scoring three tries in the space of the sin bin to run out 41-24 winners.
The other game to include an Army player was in the Championship on Friday night, where Gnr Senitiki Nayalo (7 Para RHA) made his first start for Coventry since September in their trip to Nottingham.
Coventry scored the first try of the evening and would have been feeling good against a Nottingham outfit which had not won for seven matches. But the hosts fought back to lead 20-10 at half-time, and while Cov scored the first points of the second half, too, Nottingham replied quickly and held firm to win 27-15.
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