Rampant England demolish Wales - Sport Fortunes

Rampant England demolish Wales – Sport Fortunes


England scored eight tries against Wales at Ashton Gate to go top of the Six Nations table.

John Mitchell’s side scored four first-half tries through Maud Muir, Zoe Aldcroft, Hannah Botterman and Lark Atkin-Davies in front of a record crowd of 19,705 for a Red Roses game outside of Twickenham.

After the break Ellie Kildunne and Abby Dow scored tries for England before Keira Bevan finally got over for Wales.

Second row Rosie Galligan responded and Kildunne grabbed a brilliant second.

England head coach Mitchell said: “It was a good performance and we worked our way into each half. The variety of the scoring was positive and there is still a lot more growth to come.

“I think we can be more urgent and continue to improve our skillset under pressure. What I liked today is we had pressure for long periods of time and executed very well.

“We want to be quicker and build pressure on teams, we can do that in a number of ways.

“We continue creating competition in the group which is lucky from my point of view and it makes my life difficult for selection.”

England captain Marlie Packer said: “There are a few fix-ups and we will fix them over the week and come out stronger against Scotland.

Double delight: Ellie Kildunne touches down for her second try as England beat Wales at Ashton Gate in Bristol yesterday


“Some of our soft errors. The thing is we want to let off the handbrake so those errors are going to come in, but it is how we react to them.

“We knew we wanted to come out here in 20 minutes and execute our game plan. We knew Wales would bring it to us, but we focused on ourselves this week.”

England defence coach Sarah Hunter said: “Wales did have opportunities. Whether they were defending at a set-piece or defending our try-line it was outstanding. As a defence coach that is what makes you proud, how they turn up and defend.

“Wales are a very good side, they have developed and grown their game, and the majority of their players play in the PWR.

“We always knew they were going to come at us and we wouldn’t be able to switch off. The quick tap from Keira Bevan caught us off guard.”

England’s try scoring lock Rosie Galligan said: “I’m so pleased with the girls, I didn’t play last week, but they got a really good start down.

“We spoke about playing on top more and being direct. Today it come together and it was an amazing performance.

“It never felt like we weren’t in control, but that is down to how hard we train during the week.”

Wales coach Ioan Cunningham: “The effort was unbelievable, we had four entries in their 22 in the first half and came away with no points. We showed our fight, it was outstanding. We have to be more clinical and show more composure. You can have 100 phases but it’s about crossing the line.

“Fair play to England they score quickly and the scoreboard can get away from you. To go to the next level we have to take opportunities. It was a huge crowd, it was awesome and that’s the stage we want to play on.”


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