Rugby- England defeats Scotland in women’s Six Nations opener
This year’s Women’s Six Nations has a new format and a standalone window after the men’s championship.
It was a fascinating game in a Pool A encounter on Saturday when champions England crushed Scotland 52-10 in their women’s Six Nations title defence.
The postponed tournament is being played in a condensed format with two pools of three teams each, with the pool toppers playing each other in the final.
England went ahead in the eighth minute when their forwards completed a series of quick offloads before Marlie Packer went over. Leanne Riley got England’s second with some fancy footwork to shrug off challenges before diving through the crowd.
Scotland, who failed to score a single point against England in the previous two editions, managed to tick the scoreboard over when Riley conceded a penalty for an offside infringement and Helen Nelson converted.
But hooker Lark Davies soon converted England’s third try as Scotland tried desperately to stop their maul before that was topped by a bonus point try from Bryony Cleall, who was set up by her identical twin sister Poppy.
After England’s show of power, it was Jess Breach’s turn to display their speed on the wing and the 23-year-old managed to race past two tackles before side-stepping a third for their fifth try of the half.
Women’s Six Nations Results/Fixtures 2021