Women’s 6N Wrap: Round One

Date published: February 9 2015

Wales produced the standout result of the opening weekend of the Six Nations downing World Champions England 13-0.

Elsewhere France proved much too strong for Scotland, while Ireland cruised home against Italy. 

Wales 13-0 England

St Helen's, Swansea

Wales women secured a historic win over England, keeping the reigning World Champions scoreless in their Six Nations opener.

Deprived of a number of players in Sevens action, England were still expected to win, but in the end they were well-beaten by Wales, who picked up only their second-ever win over England, and comfortably their biggest.

A tight first half at St Helen's saw the home side lead 3-0 at the break, thanks to a penalty from Laurie Harries on the stroke of half-time.

That seemed to give Wales the momentum and they took control of the game early in the second half. After a period of pressure in the English 22, prop Catrin Edwards finally went over, using her power to touch down.

Megan Goddard missed a couple of penalty opportunities for the visitors, having already missed one in the first half, as England struggled to turn possession into points.

And the Welsh sealed the win at the death with their second try, Harries on hand to collect Elinor Snowsill's delicate kick to dot down.

The scorers:

For Wales:

Tries: Edwards, L. Harries
Pens: L. Harries

Wales: 15 Dyddgu Hywel, 14 Elen Evans, 13 Adi Taviner, 12 Gemma Rowland, 11 Laurie Harries, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Amy Day, 8 Shona Powell-Hughes, 7 Sioned Harries, 6 Sian Williams, 5 Rachel Taylor (c), 4 Rebecca Rowe, 3 Catrin Edwards, 2 Carys Phillips, 1 Caryl Thomas
Replacements: 16 Amy Lawrence, 17 Jenny Davies, 18 Amy Evans, 19 Jenny Hawkins, 20 Melissa Clay, 21 Keira Bevan, 22 Robyn Wilkins, 23 Kerin Lake

England: 15 Kay Wilson, 14 Ruth Laybourn, 13 Abigail Brown, 12 Megan Goddard, 11 Sydney Gregson, 10 Ceri Large, 9 La Toya Mason, 8 Alexandra Matthews, 7 Hannah Gallagher, 6 Hannah Field, 5 Rowena Burnfield, 4 Tamara Taylor (c), 3 Laura Keates, 2 Emma Croker, 1 Rochelle Clark
Replacements: 16 Victoria Fleetwood, 17 Victoria Cornborough, 18 Justine Lucas, 19 Abbie Scott, 20 Harriet Millar-Mills, 21 Bianca Blackburn, 22 Lauren Cattell, 23 Katie Mason

France 42-0 Scotland
Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes

Defending Grand Slam champions France made short work of Scotland, who have not won a game in the tournament since 2010.

Les Bleues eventually ran out 42-0 winners, scoring seven tries including a hat-trick for Julie Billes in Nantes.

Like their English counterparts, the French were without a number of players who were on Sevens duty, but it made little difference as they took control from the off.

Laetitia Grand got them going with an early try from a pick and go, before Jessy Tremoulière was fastest to Camille Cabalou's kick through for the second score.

Billes then took centre stage, scoring twice in the left corner before the break, before repeating the trick early in the second half to complete her hat-trick.

The French weren't done yet, with Céline Héguy going over on the right after some quick hands, before centre partner Elodie Poublan brushed off some weak tackling for the final score.

While not at their best, France were still comfortable, despite starting a very inexperienced backline. Their pack, led by Columba Diallo, who was outstanding in the lineout, allowed them to dominate possession.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Grand, Tremoulière, Billes 3, Héguy, Poublan
Cons: Tremoulière 2
Pens: Tremoulière

France: 15 Jessy Tremoulière, 14 Laura Delas, 13 Elodie Poublan, 12 Céline Héguy, 11 Julie Billes, 10 Camille Cabalou, 9 Yanna Rivoalen, 8 Safi N’Diaye, 7 Laetitia Grand, 6 Columba Diallo, 5 Marine De Nadaï, 4 Manon André, 3 Julie Duval, 2 Gaëlle Mignot (c), 1 Lise Arricastre
Replacements: 16 Elodie Portaries, 17 Wendy Divoux, 18 Christelle Chobet, 19 Céline Ferer, 20 Pauline Rayssac, 21 Marine Menanteau, 22 Caroline Boujard, 23 Carla Neissen

Scotland: 15 Gillian Inglis, 14 Jenny Maxwell, 13 Chloe Rollie, 12 Nuala Deans, 11 Abi Evans, 10 Lisa Martin, 9 Sarah Law, 8 Jade Konkel, 7 Lyndsay O'Donnell, 6 Karen Dunbar, 5 Emma Wassell, 4 Deborah McCormack, 3 Tracy Balmer (c), 2 Lana Skeldon, 1 Heather Lockhart
Replacements: 16 Sarah Quick, 17 Lindsey Smith, 18 Lisa Robertson, 19 Christianne Fahey, 20 Rachael Cook, 21 Mhairi Grieve, 22 Claire Bain, 23 Eilidh Sinclair

Italy 5-30 Ireland
Stadio Mario Lodigiani, Florence

Ireland comfortably saw off Italy in Florence although they struggled to break down their hosts in the first half.

Leading just 7-0 at the break, the Irish ended up winning 30-5 with Paula Fitzpatrick grabbing too tries.

The recent World Cup semi-finalists opened the scoring midway through the first half through Niamh Briggs, with the Irish skipper converting her own try in the windy conditions.

Fitzpatrick's first try, from a driving lineout, came just four minutes into the second half, with Briggs adding a penalty just before the hour to stretch the lead to 15-0.

Jenny Murphy then showed her pace to score Ireland's third, before further scores for Heather O'Brien and Fitzpatrick.

There was still time for Maria Magatti to cross for the Italians on the stroke of full-time for a consolation try.

The scorers:

For Italy:
Try: Magatti

For Ireland:
Tries: Briggs, Fitzpatrick 2, Murphy, O'Brien
Con: Briggs
Pen: Briggs

Italy: 15 Manuela Furlan, 14 Maria Diletta Veronese, 13 Sofia Stefan, 12 Maria Grazia Cioffi, 11 Michela Sillari, 10 Veronica Schiavon, 9 Sara Barattin, 8 Silvia Gaudino (c), 7 Elisa Giordano, 6 Ilaria Arrighetti, 5 Alice Trevisan, 4 Flavia Severin, 3 Melissa Bettoni, 2 Lucia Cammarano, 1 Elisa Cucchiella
Replacements: 16 Awa Coulibaly, 17 Irene Campanini, 18 Michela Este, 19 Alessia Pantarotto, 20 Valentina Ruzza, 21 Beatrice Rigoni, 22 Paola Zangirolami, 23 Maria Magatti

Ireland: 15 Niamh Briggs (c), 14 Hannah Tyrrell, 13 Jenny Murphy, 12 Jackie Shiels, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Nora Stapleton, 9 Larissa Muldoon, 8 Heather O'Brien, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Paula Fitzpatrick, 5 Sophie Spence, 4 Marie Louise Reilly, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Gillian Bourke, 1 Ruth O'Reilly
Replacements: 16 Fiona Hayes, 17 Sarah Mimnagh, 18 Fiona O'Brien, 19 Orla Fitzsimons, 20 Katie Norris, 21 Tania Rosser, 22 Sene Naoupu, 23 Katie Fitzhenry