There were wins for England and Wales in the opening round of the Women’s Six Nations as they beat France and Italy respectively on Saturday.
England 26-13 France
England came from 13-0 down at half-time to overcome the French 26-13 as the visitors scored tries through Shannon Izar and Gaelle Mignot.
But the Red Roses regrouped and put in an impressive second-half showing as Danielle Waterman scored her 22nd Six Nations try in her 23rd appearance in the competition before Amy Wilson Hardy crossed three minutes from the end, with Emily Scarratt kicking 16 points off the tee.
Tries: Waterman, Wilson Hardy
Cons: Scarratt 2
Pens: Scarratt 4
Tries: Izar, Mignot
Pen: le Duff
England: 15 Danielle Waterman, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Amber Reed, 11 Amy Wilson Hardy, 10 Katy Mclean, 9 Natasha Hunt, 8 Sarah Hunter, 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Izzy Noel-Smith, 5 Harriet Millar-Mills, 4 Tamara Taylor, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Amy Cokayne, 1 Rochelle Clark
Replacements: 16 Vicky Fleetwood, 17 Justine Lucas, 18 Sarah Bern, 19 Zoe Aldcroft, 20 Poppy Cleall, 21 La Toya Mason, 22 Emily Scott, 23 Rachael Burford
France: 15 Jessy Trémoulière, 14 Elodie Guiglion, 13 Caroline Ladagnous, 12 Elodie Poublan, 11 Shannon Izar, 10 Christelle le Duff, 9 Jade le Pesq, 8 Safi N’Diaye, 7 Romane Ménager, 6 Marjorie Mayans, 5 Audrey Forlani, 4 Lénaïg Corson, 3 Julie Duval, 2 Gaëlle Mignot, 1 Lise Arricastre
Replacements: 16 Caroline Thomas, 17 Arkya Aït Lahbib, 18 Céline Ferer, 19 Julie Annery, 20 Camille Cabalou, 21 Caroline Boujard, 22 Yanna Rivoalen, 23 Patricia Carricaburu
Italy 8-20 Wales
Wales got the better of Italy 20-8 at Stadio Comunale Pacifico Carotti to also get their Six Nations campaign off to a positive note.
The victory ended a run of three successive Six Nations wins by the Azzurri over Wales as tries from prop Caryl Thomas, full-back Dyddgu Hywel and hooker Carys Phillips, along with Elinor Snowsill’s penalty and one conversion, gave them an opening success on the road.
Italy’s lone try-scorer was impressive full-back Manuella Furlan as they sit above France on points difference at the bottom of the table. Ireland are the only team with a maximum five points from the opening round following their 22-15 bonus-point win over Scotland on Friday.
Tries: Thomas, Hywel, Phillips
Italy: 15 Manuela Furlan, 14 Michela Sillari, 13 Mariagrazia Cioffi, 12 Paola Zangirolami, 11 Sofia Stefan, 10 Beatrice Rigoni, 9 Sara Barattin (c), 8 Elisa Giordano, 7 Isabellla Locatelli, 6 Lucia Cammarano, 5 Alice Trevisan, 4 Flavia Severin, 3 Lucia Gai, 2 Melissa Bettoni, 1 Elisa Cucchiella
Replacements: 16 Marta Ferrari, 17 Gaia Giacomoli, 18 Michela Este, 19 Elisa Pillotti, 20 Ilaria Arrighetti, 21 Claudia Salvadego, 22 Silvia Folli, 23 Maria Magatti
Wales: 15 Dyddgu Hywel, 14 Elen Evans, 13 Kerin Lake, 12 Robyn Wilkins, 11 Adi Taviner, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Keira Bevan, 8 Shona Powell-Hughes, 7 Rachel Taylor, 6 Sioned Harries, 5 Mel Clay, 4 Rebecca Rowe, 3 Amy Evans, 2 Carys Phillips (c), 1 Caryl Thomas
Replacements: 16 Lowri Harries, 17 Cerys Hale, 18 Gwenllian Pyrs, 19 Siwan Lillicrap, 20 Alisha Butchers, 21 Sian Moore, 22 Gemma Rowland, 23 Jessica Kavanagh-Williams
Ireland claimed a narrow 22-15 victory over Scotland in their Women’s Six Nations opener at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld on Friday.
Scotland made the brighter start and were rewarded in the fourth minute when Jade Konkel scored the opening try which Sarah Law converted.
Ireland didn’t take long to respond and struck back via a brace of tries from Alison Miller but Nora Stapleton failed with both conversions which meant the visitors led 10-7 midway through the opening half.
Konkel crossed the whitewash again and although Law missed with the conversion attempt, she added a penalty which gave Scotland a 15-10 lead at half-time.
Ireland drew level via a Lindsay Peat try in the 51st minute before Jenny Murphy secured their win when she scored their fourth try in the game’s closing stages.
For Scotland Women:
Tries: Konkel 2
For Ireland Women:
Tries: Miller 2, Peat, Murphy
Scotland Women: 15 Chloe Rollie, 14 Megan Gaffney, 13 Lisa Thomson, 12 Lisa Martin (c), 11 Rhona Lloyd, 10 Helen Nelson, 9 Sarah Law, 8 Jade Konkel, 7 Louise McMillan, 6 Karen Dunbar, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Emma Wassell, 3 Lindsey Smith, 2 Rachel Malcolm, 1 Tracy Balmer
Replacements: 16 Lucy Park, 17 Heather Lockhart, 18 Katie Dougan, 19 Sarah Bonar, 20 Jemma Forsyth, 21 Jenny Maxwell, 22 Lauren Harris, 23 Eilidh Sinclair
Ireland Women: 15 Mairead Coyne, 14 Niamh Kavanagh, 13 Jenny Murphy, 12 Sene Naoupu, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Nora Stapleton, 9 Ailsa Hughes, 8 Paula Fitzpatrick, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Ciara Griffin, 5 Marie Louise Reilly, 4 Orla Fitzsimons, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Leah Lyons, 1 Lindsay Peat
Replacements: 16 Jennie Finlay, 17 Ilse van Staden, 18 Ciara O’Connor, 19 Elaine Anthony, 20 Nichola Fryday, 21 Mary Healy, 22 Claire McLaughlin, 23 Eimear Considine
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