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Ireland’s Miller makes club return after 10 months out

Ireland’s Miller makes club return after 10 months out

Ireland winger Alison Miller made her domestic return after 10 months out with an ankle injury as UL Bohemians beat Old Belvedere 14-5.

Ireland winger Alison Miller made her domestic return after 10 months out with an ankle injury as UL Bohemians beat Old Belvedere 14-5.

She appeared off the bench in the closing stages of the match for the defeated side, as she continues her comeback from the injury she suffered against Italy in the 2018 Six Nations.

Miller will surely be starting matches again soon and will have her eye on a place in Adam Griggs’ squad for the 2019 championship in the spring.

Her international teammates Eimear Considine and Nicole Cronin both touched down for the victors.

Elsewhere prop Ilse van Staden was a standout performer for Cooke as they went down 7-0 to Railway Union.

Her coach Wayne Kelly acknowledged her contribution as his side were unable to turn their set-piece dominance into points on the scoreboard.

The other fixture in the Women’s All Ireland League saw Galwegians beat St Mary’s College 22-10 as they moved up the table to fourth, in a match which featured Ireland second row Nichola Fryday.

Tight at the top in the Tyrrells

A host of Simon Middleton’s England stars featured in the Tyrrells Premier 15s this weekend, as they battle for the starting jerseys for their tournament opener against Ireland.

Wasps FC Ladies scrum-half Claudia MacDonald scored two tries as recorded their biggest win of the season so far, defeating Worcester Valkyries 48-5.

Her side ran in seven tries in total, including one for Red Roses hooker Amy Cokayne.

One of MacDonald’s rivals for the England No. 9 jersey Georgina Roberts also had a successful weekend as she scored the crucial try in Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 7-5 win over Bristol Bears.

England prop Shaunaugh Brown also got in on the try-scoring action as she grabbed a brace for second-placed Harlequins.

Quins ran up 65 unanswered points, including four tries for Scotland’s Jade Konkel from No.8, as they beat Firwood Waterloo.

Table-toppers Saracens Women grabbed their fourth win in a row as England flanker Vicky Fleetwood scored in the opening minute of their 48-0 win against Richmond.

Her international teammate Poppy Cleall also showed her nose for a try from the second row as she grabbed a hat-trick.

Elsewhere Red Roses No. 8 Sarah Hunter touched down for Loughborough Lightning as they beat Gloucester-Hartpury 29-10.

Montpellier and Stade Toulousain keep perfect records

The two premier clubs from the French top flight continued their perfect start to their respective Elite 1 campaigns with dominant victories this weekend.

Montpellier beat Olympic Stadium Villelonguet 74-0, as they made it 10 wins from 10 as they sit atop Pool 1.

Their side featured French international Safi N’Diaye as they made it four games in a row where they have scored more than 50 points.

Stade Toulousain notched their ninth consecutive victory as they beat Ovalie Caennaise 32-0.

They are now eight points clear of AS Bayonnaise in Pool 2, as they picked up a 46-3 win against Stade Bordelais.

Elsewhere there were victories for Blagnac Rugby, Stado Tarbes Pyrenees and AC Bobigny 93 while As Rouen University and Lons Rugby Feminin Bearn Pyrenees played out a 10-10 draw.

Villorba move clear in Girone 1

The top-of-the-table clash between Villorba and Rugby Colorno saw the former take the victory and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Both sides had won all eight of their matches going into the clash but it was Villorba who took a 22-5 win.

Veteran Italy fullback Manuela Furlan touched down for the victors as they moved four points ahead of their rivals in the table while international scrum half Sara Barattin added crucial points with the boot.

Elsewhere Chicken CUS Pavia grabbed their fourth victory of the season as they won 24-5 Cus Milano Rugby ASD, while Rugby Riviera 1975 got their second win of the campaign as they beat Rugby Monza 1949 20-7.

Fourth-placed Itinera CUS Turin extended the gap separating them and fifth-placed Benetton Treviso as they recorded a 20-10 win in the match-up between the two sides.