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Results

TeamTriesMissed ConversionDGPenaltiesConversionsBPPointsOutcome
England Women8206152Win
Scotland Women101110Loss

Review

Match Report

BY CHARLIE BENNETT FROM SIXNATIONSRUGBY.COM

Twin sisters Bryony and Poppy Cleall scored a try each as England made an impressive start to their Women’s Six Nations title defence with a comfortable 52-10 win against Scotland.

The defending champions ran in eight tries in Doncaster and had a bonus point sewn up by half-time in a ruthless display against their Pool A rivals.

Marlie Packer scored the first try of the 2021 Championship in the 10th minute, while Leanne Riley, Lark Davies, Bryony Cleall and Jess Breach also crossed before half-time.

Helena Rowland added a sixth before Scotland scored their first try of the Championship through Hannah Smith after the break.

But a red card to Molly Wright gave England the upper hand late on and No.8 Poppy Cleall powered over before a late penalty try wrapped up the win.

ENGLAND WARM TO THE TASK

In the build-up to this game, England head coach Simon Middleton said any of his 38-player squad could start in this Championship and there wouldn’t be a drop-off in performance.

As if to prove they all deserved their place, the XV he did pick made a quick start and immediately gained the front foot in Doncaster.

Carries from Zoe Aldcroft and Poppy Cleall took England within five metres of the Scotland line but an overcooked cross-field kick from Rowland meant they left without points.

Scotland more than held their own in the opening ten minutes but England broke through when Packer dived over from close range after some neat hands from Cleall and her twin sister Bryony.

The champions added their second midway through the first half, when scrum-half Riley picked her way through a crowd with some excellent footwork.

Scotland got on the board in the 23rd minute as they converted their first visit to the 22 into three points, courtesy of Helen Nelson’s penalty, but England responded quickly with a try from a driving maul, finished off by Davies.

As the half progressed, the champions’ confidence increased and they started to move the ball quicker and pop more offloads.

Bryony Cleall – back in the England set-up two years on from her last cap – secured the bonus point by finishing off a move that included a brilliant offload from her twin sister Poppy.

And winger Breach added a fifth just before half-time, as she collected a Rowland cross-field kick, beat a couple of tackles and sprinted under the posts.

SCOTLAND FIGHT BACK BEFORE STRONG ENGLAND FINISH

Scotland lost Lisa Thomson to a sin-bin at the end of the first half and England continued to rack up the points, with Breach dancing past a couple of tackles down the left and setting up Rowland to score.

Scotland rebounded with some pressure of their own and this time England cracked, with Poppy Cleall sent to the sin-bin. The visitors took full advantage, with Hannah Smith burrowing over after a Mairi McDonald break.

England were then reduced to 13 players, as hooker Davies was also shown yellow for a high tackle in the 58th minute.

However, Scotland had a player sent off themselves on 64 minutes when the TMO caught a dangerous tackle from replacement hooker Wright.

England quickly found themselves with a player advantage as Davies returned to the pitch and they stretched the Scotland defence in search of more tries, with Rowland almost finding Ellie Kildunne with a cross-field kick.

They did score a seventh try eight minutes from time as Poppy Cleall dotted down underneath a pile of bodies from a driving maul.

There was still time for a late penalty try, as England’s forwards made a strong finish to the game, while Scotland finished with 13 players as Louise McMillan was sent to the bin.

Officials

RefARTMO
Aurélie Groizeleau (FFR)Beatrice Benvenuti (FIR)
Maria Pacifico (FIR)
Joy Neville (IRFU)

England Women

# Player Position TRY CON PEN DG TACKLES CARRIES PASSES METRES YC RC
15Sarah ‘MC’ MckennaFull Back00003583400
14Lydia Thompson 23Wing00003312600
13Emily Scarratt 22Centre05 (10', 29', 36', 39', 45')0077106200
12Lagi TuimaCentre00008595000
11Jess Breach Wing1 (39')00029515600
10Helena RowlandFly Half1 (45')000123184500
9Leanne Infante (née Riley) 21Scrum Half1 (18')0007356600
1Vickii Cornborough 17Prop00009522100
2Lark Davies 20Hooker1 (29')000861241 (56')0
3Bryony Cleall 18Prop1 (36')00010723400
4Abbie Ward (nee Scott)Lock000012752600
5Catherine O’Donnell 19Lock000012613700
6Zoe AldcroftBack Row0000141177600
7Marlie Packer 16Back Row1 (10')00016522900
8Poppy CleallBack Row1 (72')000101951071 (50')0
16Amy Cokayne 7Hooker0000201000
17Tysh Harper 1Prop0000120800
18Shaunagh Brown 3Prop0000611400
19Harriet Millar-Mills 5Back Row00000201400
20Vicky ‘Fleeto’ Fleetwood 2Back Row0000321900
21Claudia Macdonald 9Scrum Half000012211200
22Meg Jones 13Fly Half00000131600
23Ellie Kildunne 14Full Back00000312800
Penalty Try-1 (78')1 (78')00000000
 Total 860014611416082420

Scotland Women

# Player Position TRY CON PEN DG TACKLES CARRIES PASSES METRES YC RC
15Chloe RollieFull Back00006514600
14Rachel Shankland 23Wing0000311000
13Hannah SmithCentre1 (56')00012652100
12Lisa ThomsonCentre00001087471 (35')0
11Megan GaffneyWing00008413200
10Helen NelsonFly Half01 (56')1 (23')0611226600
9Mairi McDonald 21Scrum Half00003282100
1Leah Bartlett 17Prop00005601400
2Lana SkeldonHooker00008652100
3Christine Belisle 16Prop000061305000
4Emma WassellLock000091435600
5Louise McMillanLock0000775371 (78')0
6Rachel Malcolm 19Back Row0000721600
7Rachel McLachlan 20Back Row000071152500
8Siobhan CattiganBack Row0000121154000
16Molly Wright 3Hooker0000001001 (63')
17Panashe Muzambe 1Back Row0000110300
18Lisa Cockburn 19Prop0000100000
19Evie Gallagher 18-0000130900
20Jodie Rettie 7Hooker0000210300
21Jenny Maxwell 9Scrum Half0000508000
22Sarah LawFly Half0000000000
23Elizabeth Musgrove 14Wing00002411600
 Total 111012111615349321
TRY
8
1
CON
6
1
PEN
0
1
DG
0
0
TACKLES
146
121
CARRIES
114
116
PASSES
160
153
METRES
824
493
YC
2
2
RC
0
1

Details

Date Time League Season Streaming Link
03/04/2021 3:00 pm Women's 6 Nations 2020-21 Live on BBC iPlayer

Venue

Castle Park, Doncaster
Armthorpe Road, Doncaster DN2 5QB

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0 - 53
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Murrayfield

Scotland Women v England Women

80 - 0
Women's 6 Nations
Twickenham Stadium

England Women v Scotland Women

8 - 43
Women's 6 Nations

Scotland Women v England Women

64 - 0
Women's 6 Nations
The Stoop

England Women v Scotland Women

0 - 32
Women's 6 Nations

Scotland Women v England Women

42 - 13
Women's 6 Nations
Darlington RFC

England Women v Scotland Women

0 - 63
Women's 6 Nations
Pittodrie Stadium

Scotland Women v England Women

76 - 0
Women's 6 Nations
Twickenham Stadium

England Women v Scotland Women

0 - 26
WRWC POOL B

Scotland Women v England Women