Women’s 6 Nations Round Up | Week 1 Highlights
7th February 2017
The women’s Six Nations kicked off this weekend, mirroring the fixtures in the men’s championships. We’ve seen women’s rugby in this country go from strength to strength in recent years since England’s 2014 World Cup win. The expansion of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series and the inclusion of both Men’s and Women’s 7s at the recent Olympic Games are exciting steps in bringing the game we love to an equal platform.
Scotland v Ireland
The tournament kicked off on Friday night with Ireland defeating Scotland 22-15, at the Broadwood Stadium in Glasgow. This was another of the weekend’s nail biting games, played in poor conditions. With the Scottish team looking set for the win, a late try from Jenny Murphy sealed the win for Ireland – extending an 11 year losing run for the Scots against Ireland.
What will be most frustrating for Scotland is that, unlike their male counterparts, their dominant performance wasn’t converted into a win. The Irish managed to score a bonus point, and it will be interesting to see what effect this might have on the final standings.
Italy v Wales
The Saturday double header began with a strong England win over France at the Stadio Pacifico Carotti. Much like the men’s team, Wales ran in three tries over Italy to get themselves off to a good start in this Championship. This win extends their current winning streak to 5 games, allowing them to continue through the tournament strongly off the back of their big defensive effort this weekend.
England v France
England and France finished off the action at the opening weekend of the Women’s Six Nations with an exciting match at Twickenham Stadium. The French raced off to a quick lead and went into half-time 13 points to the good. The English team came back into the game off the back of a superb kicking performance by Emily Scarratt, and two tries from Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson-Hardy. This was another strong performance from the English side over the weekend, and they are all showing that they are going to be very difficult to beat in the Womens, Mens and U20 Six Nations Championships.