Womens 6 Nations Round Two | Highlights
14th February 2017
Wales vs England
The weekend’s opening fixture for round two of the Women’s Six Nations was the clash between Wales and England at the Cardiff Arms Park. Wales went into this game off the back of a 5 game win streak but unfortunately that run was not to continue. The English women brought all their firepower and were able to use it brilliantly as they scored 11 tries in a 63 – 0 victory. It took a mere 23 minutes to secure the bonus point and they took a 38 – 0 lead into half-time. Wales would have hoped for a better showing in the second half, but unfortunately it was more of the same from this England side, who really look the business in this year’s competition, and maybe more importantly in a World Cup year.
After a slow start against France last weekend, the English will be pleased with the way they came out this week and were able to put together a brilliant performance from start to finish. There were some very powerful performances right across the English side with the back three showing their pace and power throughout the fixture. Wales travel to Scotland next weekend hoping to put this game behind them and continue their development. England will head to Italy in a fortnights time looking to put together a strong performance that will put pressure on fellow front runners, Ireland.
France vs Scotland
Saturday’s second fixture closely reflected the first. France, the defending Six Nations champions, picked up their first win of this year’s competition with an eye catching, 55 – 0 win over their Scottish counterparts at the Marcel Deflandre stadium in La Rochelle. Les Blues will be pleased with their successful 17 – 0 first half lead. The floodgates then opened in the second half, with the bonus point secured within one minute of play resuming.
The French then ran in several tries, but Scotland showed great heart at the end to hold France out for the final 10 minutes. The French finally get the defence of their title up and running with a strong performance. The Scots will look for their first victory when they host Wales at the Broadwood Stadium in two weeks time.
Italy vs Ireland
In the weekend’s final fixture, Italy hosted Ireland at the Stadio Tommaso Fattori, and the women were able to complete the clean sweep with the men and U20s this weekend. In a strong performance from both sides, it was a heavily contested fixture in which an Ireland bonus point victory did not look likely. They went into the break with only a penalty apiece and it wasn’t until the 51st minute before the Irish scored their first try, which was followed in succession by tries from Sophie Spence and captain Paula Fitzpatrick putting them 22- 3 in front.
It wasn’t until the final play, with Italy attacking the Irish line, that the ball broke for Hannah Tyrell, who ran the length of the field to score the bonus point try. This is two weeks running that it has taken Ireland beyond the allotted 80 minutes to finish the job after a last gasp try to beat Scotland in the opening week. This shows great patience and belief to keep playing, but the Irish coach Tom Tierney will want his charges to make the next fixture a little less nerve wracking at the end. This second bonus point manages to put them ahead of England, who are also unbeaten, on the championship’s table.