6N Women: English power too great

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:40
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In the women's Six Nations, England are the team to beat  for those whose ambition includes winning the championship.

Their 52-0 victory over Wales at The Stoop was enormous. In two matches this competition, England have scored 94 points with just seven against them. 

Results, Round 2
 
England vs Wales, 52-0
France vs Scotland, 26-3
Ireland vs Italy, 21-8

Results, Round 1
 
France vs Ireland, 24-0
Wales vs Scotland, 18-17
England vs Italy, 42-7

England vs Wales

Prince Harry was there to watch as it took England all of ten minutes to set victory in motion. By half time they led 26-0, a neat 26 points in each half.

For Wales it was a miserable day. The weather was cold and wet, the match depressing.

Scorers

For England: 
Tries: Poppy Cleall 2, Leanne Riley, Abigail Dow, Ellie Kildunne 2,  Marlie Packer, Rachael Burford   
Cons: Katy Daley-Mclean 6
 
Teams
 
England:
  15 Danielle Waterman, 14 Abigail Dow, 13 Ellie Kildunne, 12 Rachael Burford, 11 Charlotte Pearce, 10 Katy Daley-Mclean, 9 Leanne Riley, 8 Sarah Hunter (captain), 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Poppy Cleall, 5 Tamara Taylor, 4 Abbie Scott, 3 Sarah Bern, 2 Amy Cokayne, 1 Rochelle Clark.
Replacements: 16 Lark Davies, 17 Vickii Cornborough, 18 Justine Lucas, 19 Rowena Burnfield, 20 Izzy Noel-Smith, 21 Caity Mattinson, 22 Zoe Harrison, 23 Lagi Tuima 
 
Wales: 15 Elinor Snowsill, 14 Hannah Bluck, 13 Kerin Lake, 12 Rebecca De Filippo, 11 Jess Kavanagh-Williams, 10 Robyn Wilkins, 9 Rhiannon Parker, 8 Sioned Harries, 7 Beth Lewis, 6 Alisha Butchers, 5 Mel Clay, 4 Siwan Lillicrap, 3 Amy Evans, 2 Carys Phillips (captain), 1 Caryl Thomas 
Replacements: 16 Kelsey Jones, 17 Gwenllian Pyrs, 18 Cerys Hale, 19 Natalia John, 20 Nia Elen Davies, 21 Jade Knight, 22 Lleucu George, 23 Hannah Jones
 
Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa) 
Assistant referees: Sarah Toll (England), Nikki O'Donnell (England)
Television match official: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Eric Bullion (England)
Assessor: John Sheehan (Ireland)
Citing commissioner: Maurizio Vancini (Italy) 

Scotland vs France

Despite the late change to their side at Scotstoun Stadium, when No.8 Sarah Bonar withdrew, Scotland put up a brave fight against France. The change meant the Jade Konkel went to No.8 with Siobhan McMillan coming off the bench and into loosehead and Nicola Howat coming onto the bench.

Scotland started well and were actually the first to score when Sarah Law goaled a straightforward penalty, but then, despite having a player in the sin bin, the French forwards got on top of the aggressive Scots. The forwards went over for a try credited to Agathe Sochat and then a crosskick gave Cyrielle Banet a try, France led 12-3 at half-time.

France dominated the second half but brave Scottish defence held them out till late in the match.

Scorers

For Scotland:
Pen: Sarah Law

For France:
Tries: Agathe Sochat, Cyrielle Banet, Caroline Boujard, Jade Le Pesq
Cons: Jessy Trémoulière 3 

Teams

Scotland: 15 Chloe Rollie, 14 Liz Musgrove, 13 Lisa Thomson, 12 Helen Nelson, 11 Rhona Lloyd, 10 Lisa Martin (captain), 9 Sarah Law, 8 Jade Konkel, 7 Louise McMillan, 6 Hannah Smith, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Emma Wassell, 3 Megan Kennedy, 2 Lana Skeldon, 1 Siobhan McMillan
Replacements: 16 Jodie Rettie, 17 Nicola Howat, 18 Lindsey Smith, 19 Mags Lowish, 20 Louise McMillan, 21 Siobhan Cattigan, 22 Jenny Maxwell, 23 Lauren Harris

France: 15 Jessy Trémoulière, 14 Caroline Boujard, 13 Jade Le Pesq, 12 Camille Boudaud, 11 Cyrielle Banet, 10 Pauline Bourdon, 9 Yanna Rivoalen, 8  Marjorie Mayans, 7 Gaelle Hermet (captain), 6 Romane Ménager, 5 Audrey Forlani, 4 Safi N'Diaye, 3 Lisa Arricastre, 2 Agathe Sochat, 1 Patricia Carricaburu 
Replacements: 16 Milena Soloch, 17 Dhia Traore, 18 Julie Duval, 19 Celine Ferer, 20 Fiona Lecat, 21 Emma Coudert, 22 Gabrielle Vernier, 23 Marine Ménager.

Referee: Graham Cooper (Australia) 
Assistant referees: Ian Tempest (England), Alex Pratt (Scotland)
Television match official: Stefano Pennè (Italy) 
Citing commissioner: John Byett (England)

Ireland vs Italy

It was the Irish scrummaging that set up the victory. 

Ireland led 7-3 at half-time, their try thanks to a tighthead at a scrum, followed by a break by Katie Fitzhenry who sent wing Megan Williams in for a try.

Both Ireland's second half tries were scored by No.8 and captain, Ciara Griffin. The first came from an attack by the forwards which the captain finished off from close quarters. The second came from a driving Irish scrum which left Ciara Griffin the task of grounding the ball.

Scorers

For Ireland:
Tries: Megan Williams, Ciara Griffin 2
Cons: Niamh Briggs 3

For Italy:
Try: Eleonora Ricci
Pen: Michela Sillari

Teams

Ireland: 15 Kim Flood, 14 Megan Williams, 13 Katie Fitzhenry, 12 Sene Naoupu, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Niamh Briggs, 9 Ailsa Hughes, 8 Ciara Griffin (captain), 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Anna Caplice, 5 Nichola Fryday, 4 Paula Fitzpatrick, 3 Fiona Reidy, 2 Cliodhna Moloney, 1 Lindsay Peat
Replacements: 16 Leah Lyons, 17 Laura Feely, 18 Ciara O'Connor, 19 Orla Fitzsimons, 20 Edel McMahon, 21 Nicole Cronin, 22 Michelle Claffey, 23 Claire McLaughlin.

Italy: 15 Manuela Furlan, 14 Sofia Stefan, 13 Michela Sillari, 12 Beatrice Rigoni, 11 Maria Magatti, 10 Veronica Madia, 9 Sara Barattin; 8 Isabella Locatelli, 7 Elisa Giordano, 6 Ilaria Arrighetti, 5 Giada Franco, 4 Valentina Ruzza, 3 Lucia Gai, 2 Melissa Bettoni, 1 Eleonora Ricci.
Replacements: 16 Silvia Turani, 17 Giorgia Durante, 18 Michela Merlo, 19 Giordana Duca, 20 Beatrice Veronese, 21 Arianna Corbucci, 22 Jessica Busato, 23 Aura Muzzo

Referee: Tim Baker (Hong Kong) 
Assistant referees: Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Helen O'Reilly (Ireland)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England) 
Assessor: Wayne Erickson (Australia)
Citing commissioner: Buster White (England)

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