Planet Rugby

England Women power past Scotland

10th February 2014 11:36

Share:

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

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 5
Northampton vs Gloucester19:45
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 5
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Munster vs Edinburgh19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle vs Toulouse14:45
Castres vs BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Preview
Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Oyonnax vs Stade Francais18:30
Lyon vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon20:45
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , August 30
Griquas vs Cheetahs15:00
Blue Bulls vs Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Preview
Eastern Province Kings vs Lions19:10
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau vs Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Preview
Southland vs Otago17:35
North Harbour vs WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Preview
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Preview
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Thursday , September 4
Otago vs Canterbury19:35
Friday , September 5
Tasman vs Waikato18:05
Northland vs Hawkes Bay20:05
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 32 - 22 SharksPumas vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle
Montpellier 20 - 17 GrenobleMontpellier vs Grenoble Report
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province KingsBlue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Western Province 27 - 14 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 16 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Northland 35 - 5 WellingtonNorthland vs Wellington Report
Counties Manukau 29 - 25 OtagoCounties Manukau vs Otago Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 22
Toulouse 35 - 6 CastresToulouse vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 33 - 15 GriquasPumas vs Griquas Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 27 - 58 CanterburyWaikato vs Canterbury Report
Hawkes Bay 29 - 26 TaranakiHawkes Bay vs Taranaki Report
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour 21 - 25 Southland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00