Women’s Wrap: Wins for England, Wales

Date published: February 5 2017

There were wins for England and Wales in the opening round of the Women's Six Nations as they beat France and Italy respectively on Saturday.

England 26-13 France

England came from 13-0 down at half-time to overcome the French 26-13 as the visitors scored tries through Shannon Izar and Gaelle Mignot.

But the Red Roses regrouped and put in an impressive second-half showing as Danielle Waterman scored her 22nd Six Nations try in her 23rd appearance in the competition before Amy Wilson Hardy crossed three minutes from the end, with Emily Scarratt kicking 16 points off the tee.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Waterman, Wilson Hardy
Cons: Scarratt 2
Pens: Scarratt 4

For France:
Tries: Izar, Mignot
Pen: le Duff

England: 15 Danielle Waterman, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Amber Reed, 11 Amy Wilson Hardy, 10 Katy Mclean, 9 Natasha Hunt, 8 Sarah Hunter, 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Izzy Noel-Smith, 5 Harriet Millar-Mills, 4 Tamara Taylor, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Amy Cokayne, 1 Rochelle Clark
Replacements: 16 Vicky Fleetwood, 17 Justine Lucas, 18 Sarah Bern, 19 Zoe Aldcroft, 20 Poppy Cleall, 21 La Toya Mason, 22 Emily Scott, 23 Rachael Burford

France: 15 Jessy Trémoulière, 14 Elodie Guiglion, 13 Caroline Ladagnous, 12 Elodie Poublan, 11 Shannon Izar, 10 Christelle le Duff, 9 Jade le Pesq, 8 Safi N'Diaye, 7 Romane Ménager, 6 Marjorie Mayans, 5 Audrey Forlani, 4 Lénaïg Corson, 3 Julie Duval, 2 Gaëlle Mignot, 1 Lise Arricastre
Replacements: 16 Caroline Thomas, 17 Arkya Aït Lahbib, 18 Céline Ferer, 19 Julie Annery, 20 Camille Cabalou, 21 Caroline Boujard, 22 Yanna Rivoalen, 23 Patricia Carricaburu

Italy 8-20 Wales

Wales got the better of Italy 20-8 at Stadio Comunale Pacifico Carotti to also get their Six Nations campaign off to a positive note.

The victory ended a run of three successive Six Nations wins by the Azzurri over Wales as tries from prop Caryl Thomas, full-back Dyddgu Hywel and hooker Carys Phillips, along with Elinor Snowsill's penalty and one conversion, gave them an opening success on the road.

Italy's lone try-scorer was impressive full-back Manuella Furlan as they sit above France on points difference at the bottom of the table. Ireland are the only team with a maximum five points from the opening round following their 22-15 bonus-point win over Scotland on Friday.

The scorers:

For Italy:
Try: Furlan
Pen: Sillari

For Wales:
Tries: Thomas, Hywel, Phillips
Con: Snowsill
Pen: Snowsill

Italy: 15 Manuela Furlan, 14 Michela Sillari, 13 Mariagrazia Cioffi, 12 Paola Zangirolami, 11 Sofia Stefan, 10 Beatrice Rigoni, 9 Sara Barattin (c), 8 Elisa Giordano, 7 Isabellla Locatelli, 6 Lucia Cammarano, 5 Alice Trevisan, 4 Flavia Severin, 3 Lucia Gai, 2 Melissa Bettoni, 1 Elisa Cucchiella
Replacements: 16 Marta Ferrari, 17 Gaia Giacomoli, 18 Michela Este, 19 Elisa Pillotti, 20 Ilaria Arrighetti, 21 Claudia Salvadego, 22 Silvia Folli, 23 Maria Magatti

Wales: 15 Dyddgu Hywel, 14 Elen Evans, 13 Kerin Lake, 12 Robyn Wilkins, 11 Adi Taviner, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Keira Bevan, 8 Shona Powell-Hughes, 7 Rachel Taylor, 6 Sioned Harries, 5 Mel Clay, 4 Rebecca Rowe, 3 Amy Evans, 2 Carys Phillips (c), 1 Caryl Thomas
Replacements: 16 Lowri Harries, 17 Cerys Hale, 18 Gwenllian Pyrs, 19 Siwan Lillicrap, 20 Alisha Butchers, 21 Sian Moore, 22 Gemma Rowland, 23 Jessica Kavanagh-Williams