The Women’s Six Countries has a new format however in this curtain-raiser in Doncaster it was the same old story. Castle Park might have been silent however there is little doubt England, who ran in 8 tries, will be the big sounds of the champion when again.
Much of the attention in Yorkshire was on England’s young fly-half Helena Rowland, the follower, a minimum of for now, to Katy Daley-McLean, who retired at Christmas. Rowland, who will go back into the sevens lineup to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics when the Six Nations is over, showed she excels at 15-a-side rugby, too. In fact, however, she had something of an armchair ride behind a dominant Red Roses pack in which Poppy Cleall, at No 8 in the lack of Sarah Hunter, the captain, was a real force.
The second half was scrappy after England had extended their result in 30 points by the break and saw a flurry of yellow and red cards, with Scotland’s replacement Molly Wright dispatched and England at one stage having 13 gamers on the field.
” We can play better than that,” said Cleall after the video game. “We’ll need to improve our discipline for one thing. We’ve been watching the males’s video game and how the brand-new laws work and have to get up to speed a bit.”
Marlie Packer scored the first try of the competition by the posts after a power rise by the England forwards 9 minutes in as the Red Roses started to click through their gears. Scotland defended defiantly in the opening phases, however Emily Scarratt, captaining the side, looked a continuous hazard as the grand slam champions rose forward in white waves. Leanne Riley, the Harlequins scrum-half, darted over for a second shot and Scotland sensed it was going to be a long afternoon.
Helen Nelson put Scotland on the scoreboard with a penalty, something of a triumph for a side that had actually stopped working to score in this component in the last 2 meetings. However the lineout, a traditional strength for England, was quickly to give them a 3rd try when Lark Davies was driven over by the pack. Bryony Cleall, hair bleached to identify her from her sibling, dived over for a shot that offered England a perk point. It was a heart-warming moment as the prop has actually fought back from a run of injuries that has actually suggested her 2nd cap comes 2 years after her first.
Rowland’s cross-kick was not the very best however it fell under the arms of Jess Breach, whose mazy run offered her a shot with the last relocation of the first half.
Scotland were chasing after English shadows in the sunshine and, playing into the wind in the second half, life continued to be tough. The visitors were not assisted when they lost their captain, Rachel Malcolm. The flanker failed to come out for the 2nd half after hurting her left knee in the opening minutes.
Rowland darted over for a very first England try after some lovely footwork on the left-hand touchline by Breach before there was some respite for Scotland when Poppy Cleall was shown a yellow card for killing the ball. With a player benefit Scotland pounded away at the home line and Hannah Smith scored her 6th worldwide try. Davies followed Cleall into the sin-bin for a high deal with on Scotland’s No 8, Siobhan Cattigan, decreasing England to 13 gamers for three minutes.
Things began to unravel for Scotland, though, when the hooker Wright was dispatched for another high tackle, on Vickii Cornborough. Scotland’s quick revival was over. Abbie Ward jumped at the lineout and Poppy Cleall was driven over. Another shot was eliminated when Poppy Cleall was ruled to have knocked on when the England pack drove forwards. The replacement Ellie Kildunne had an opportunity of a shot however likewise knocked on versus the exhausting Scottish defence before a penalty try took England to the half-century mark.
England will fly off to Padova on Thursday, all set to satisfy an Italy team anticipated to offer them with a sterner test than this.