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England star Packer helps Saracens soar to emphatic domestic triumph

Marlie Packer with Sene Naoupu and Aoife McDermott

England ace Marlie Packer’s fearsome form continued as her dazzling double fired Saracens to a dominant 43-21 win over Exeter Chiefs in the Allianz Premier 15s final.

TikTik Player of the Championship nominee Packer – who grabbed four tries and four assists to help her team soar to Grand Slam glory this year – crossed twice in the first half as Saracens clinched the English domestic crown in comfortable fashion.

Fellow English stars Vicky Fleetwood and May Campbell also scored while Mackenzie Carson and Alysha Corrigan hit the others as Alex Austerberry’s side reclaimed their title after last year’s defeat in the final against Harlequins.

Red Roses ace Poppy Cleall also played a starring role as Saracens, who topped the Allianz Premier 15s table before the semi-final stages, claimed their third title since 2018 at Sixways Stadium.

Patricia Garcia, Jennine Detiveaux and Ebony Jefferies struck for Chiefs but Saracens never relinquished their grip on the contest in front of a record 3,238-strong crowd in Worcester.

England stars Hannah Botterman, Sarah McKenna and Holly Aitchison also impressed for the London-based side as Exeter’s Flo Robinson – England – and Nichola Fryday – Ireland – were left deflated in the Friday showpiece.

Chiefs started strongly but an impressive tackle by McKenna stunted their progress and led to a turnover for Saracens.

And the season table-toppers took control from there on in with a strong drive to get within Chiefs’ 22.

A powerful storm under the posts nearly resulted in a try but Exeter fly-half Garcia was defiant and denied them the points.

But it was not over there as just a minute later, Cleall freed energetic England flanker Packer – who topped the turnover and carry charts during the TikTok Women’s Six Nations – who stormed around the outside for a converted try just six minutes in.

And they extended their lead just moments later as a hand-off by Packer pushed Saracens back under the posts before an offload to Vicky Fleetwood saw her cross on 23 minutes.

Exeter refused to be silenced, however, as Garcia made her mark with a quick tap and go penalty to charge over the line for a converted try.

A Saracens penalty in the 30th-minute furthered the gap to 17-7 before Packer then made a powerful run within Chiefs’ 22 to break over the line and claim her second just before half-time.

Leading 27-7 at the break, Saracens carried on where they left off as Carson took advantage of a surprised Chiefs side to make it 31-7.

Exeter went on the attack after 50 minutes, with a series of advantages leading them within a metre of the try line, but were denied after failing to roll away.

It then looked as though Garcia was set for her second try but a quick left pass to Detiveaux saw the arrears reduced to 31-14.

But it was not enough to stop the Saracens swarm as Packer began a series of offloads to keep the ball alive in a frantic scramble for the line.

And it was Campbell who secured their fifth try, with a video referral ruling making it 38-14 with just under 20 minutes to go.

Canadian star Corrigan then struck another thorn in Exeter’s side and made it six for Saracens just three minutes later, keeping on her feet inside her opponents’ 22 to a secure the victory.

Chiefs did score again through Jeffries but it was not enough to spark a miraculous revival as Saracens, spearheaded by red-hot England star Packer, soared to a brilliant victory in the Midlands.