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England Women power past Scotland

10th February 2014 11:36

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Katy Mclean England Women 2013

Katy Mclean: Scored 13 points

England Women put their Six Nations title ambitions back on track with a dominant 63-0 over Scotland in Aberdeen on Sunday.

Wounded after an opening championship 18-6 defeat to France last week, Gary Street's side overcame a heavy pitch and a buoyant Scotland side to command this win.

The victory now sets up England for a significant clash against reigning Grand Slam champions Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, immediately after England Men take on Ireland.

England head coach Street was delighted with result and the emphatic way his side bounced back after last weekend's defeat.

"I'm pleased with the win overall," he said.

"Scotland is a difficult place to come but some of our play today was fantastic including the play between our backs and forwards.

"We made mistakes too, and that is partly because I made lots of changes to the team, but we know if we can keep playing with that sort of intensity we can still be a threat in this championship.

"Certainly losing to France rallied us on this week. It was a painful result but we have made amends today to an extent with this comprehensive result.

"Now this victory sets up a big clash against Ireland in two weeks' time. Our entire World Cup training squad has now had an opportunity to show what they can do so selection for Ireland will be interesting."

England dominated from the first whistle with Wasps lock Joanne McGilchrist, returning from injury for the first time this season, driving over to score after much pressure on the Scotland try line. Skipper Katy Mclean couldn't add the conversion in the blustery conditions.

Scotland showed spirit with Stephanie Johnson going close but she hit an England wall, and instead the visitors turned the momentum with Mclean making a good break in the mid-field, hooker Vicky Fleetwood then got the ball out to centre Amber Reed who scored with some ease.

Scotland had a chance at some points with a penalty but Louise Dalgliesh couldn't convert and instead on 24 minutes Lydia Thompson scored.

The winger broke loose and then dummied her way through Scotland's defence. She was brought down but the ball was recycled eventually back out to Thompson once again and she finished off the move.

Wasps prop Claire Purdy banked try number four for England, and her first ever international try, before vice-captain Sarah Hunter also muscled her way over. Mclean converted both tries making the score 29-0 at half-time

Mclean opened England's account after the break with a 49th minute try. Hannah Gallagher made a good break after Scotland were penalised before Purdy and then Mclean showed strength to barge her way over the try-line.

England tested Scotland further when they made a whole host of substitutions and it showed in some powerful scrums and drives which the host's couldn't handle.

The results came with Emily Scarratt and Maggie Alphonsi both scoring from some good work by the forwards.

Claire Allan, Sophie Hemming and Gallagher then rounded off proceedings as Scotland no longer could cope with this much improved England side.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: McGilchrist, Reed, Thompson, Purdy, Hunter, Mclean, Scarratt, Alphonsi, Allan, Hemming, Gallagher
Cons: Mclean 4

England: 15 Emily Scarratt, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Amber Reed, 12 Rachael Burford, 11 Claire Allan, 10 Katy Mclean (c), 9 La Toya Mason, 8 Sarah Hunter, 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Hannah Gallagher, 5 Joanne McGilchrist, 4 Rebecca Essex, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Victoria Fleetwood, 1 Claire Purdy.
Replacements: 16 Mercedes Foy, 17 Sophie Hemming, 18 Sasha Acheson, 19 Emily Braund, 20 Margaret Alphonsi, 21 Georgina Gulliver, 22 Ceri Large, 23 Kay Wilson

Scotland: 15 Stephanie Johnston, 14 Annabel Sergeant, 13 Gillian Inglis, 12 Laura Steven, 11 Megan Gaffney, 10 Lisa Martin, 9 Louise Dalgliesh, 8 Lindsay Wheeler, 7 Tess Forsberg, 6 Ruth Slaven, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Jade Konkel, 3 Tracy Balmer (c), 2 Sarah Quick, 1 Heather Lockhart.
Replacements: 16 Nikki McLeod, 17 Lindsey Smith, 18 Lisa Robertson, 19 Emma Wassel, 20 Anna Stodter, 21 Sarah Law, 22 Tanya Griffith, 23 Katy Green

Referee: Christine Bigaran

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