Harlequins and Saracens Women will be looking to extend their early season hegemony when they return to Tyrrells Premier 15s action in Round Seven this weekend.

Both sides remain undefeated this term and are separated by just a solitary point at the business end of the table, with Quins sitting pretty at the summit after recording impressive bonus-point victories in each of their matches so far.

The Sarries charge was almost halted by a resilient Gloucester-Hartpury side last time out, edging past their spirited opponents 15-7 but failing to register that additional point that Quins picked up away at Loughborough Lightning.

And Karen Findlay’s table-toppers will host a struggling Firwood Waterloo outfit at Surrey Sports Park this weekend, seeking to inflict further misery on a team who lie ninth in the table with just a single point.

The visitors have succumbed to heavy defeats in all their Premier 15s games this season, struggling to adapt to life in an increasingly competitive division where Quins and Sarries are setting the pace.

Alex Austerberry’s Saracens, meanwhile, will travel to Wasps on Saturday in a tantalising top of the table clash between two sides with lofty ambitions.

The hosts currently sit one place below Sarries in the table, buoyed by a rampant 62-0 triumph over Firwood Waterloo last time out – an attacking threat the defending champions will need to be wary of.

And Quins and Sarries are not the only two sides in action, as Richmond also bid to inject some valuable momentum into their season with their match at home against Loughborough Lightning.

Brett Taylor’s players have had a slow start to their Premier 15s season, going down to five defeats out of six and picking up their solitary win against bottom-place side Worcester Warriors at the beginning of last month.

Captain Hannah Field and her players had been buoyed by a wealth of transfer activity in the summer, but have failed to really hit their straps in what is proving to be a ruthless competition so far.

And this weekend they face another tough ask in a Lightning side currently sat fifth in the table, hoping to cause an upset to really shake things up heading into a busy period of the season.