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Women’s Six Nations 2023: Wales 3-59 England – Red Roses run riot in Cardiff

Half-British flying player Holly Aitchison scores for the away team
Wales (3) 3
Pen: bevan
England (19) 59
try: L Packer, Heard, Dow, Aitchison, Violation, Kildunne, Muir, Botterman, Beckett Defect: Sing 3, Tuima 4

England crushed Wales’ Triple Crown hopes with a dominant display at Cardiff Arms Park.

The defending champions ran in nine attempts in front of 8,000 sold-out spectators in the Welsh capital.

Wales took the lead early thanks to a Keira Bevan penalty and were leading 19-3 at half-time.

But the Red Roses rebelled in the second half to break the Welsh heart and extend their Six Nations unbeaten streak to 22 games.

They remain top of the table with three convincing wins on bonus points, while Wales are second ahead of France’s meeting with Scotland on Sunday.

He managed to strike early and fired a warning shot as Jess Breach tore through her wings.

But it was Wales who opened the scoring, and it came from a toppled touchline, brilliantly finished by Elinor Snowsill before unleashing powerful forwards.

Kelsey Jones crossed the line but the ball was saved by England captain Marlie Packer.

Wales ended round 22 with a score difference, Bevan took the penalty in front of the cheers of the home crowd.

The lead was almost short-lived, England were presented with a five-foot ball after a mistake by Lowri Norkett in the restart, but they were knocked out when Lucy Packer was knocked down a unusual way.

But the first half soon corrected – the Ammanford player scored on the first attempt of the game with a clever display and went on.

Full-back Emma Sing added the switch in her first England game.

Wales continued to play well at the equalizer, but England’s level began to shine.

Bethan Lewis’ deliberate header gave England a five-yard lead, which Wales initially did well to save, but it dropped Holly Aitchison, who made a perfect kick for Lewis’ roommate and player of the match Tatyana Heard dotted down.

Wales conceded again before half-time and Aitchison was the assist again, making a long pass for Abby Dow, who edged three defenders past in England’s third attempt.

Sing added extra time to give England a 19-3 lead after the first half.

Welsh record crowd at Cardiff Arms Par
More than 8,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s top clash

Alex Callender’s 50-meter breakthrough brought the second half to life, but from that point on, it was one-way traffic, as the Red Roses simply went through the gears.

It was more magic from Aitchison on the first attempt of the round. The half-fly began to move and circle around Heard before plunging down to claim bonus points.

England bounced back shortly after, prop Sarah Bern proving a complete mismatch with Hannah Jones before offloading Breach, who couldn’t be caught as she ran in under the posts.

Fatigue began to hit Wales as England began to play the ball in breadth. It allows Ellie Kildunne to run into the overlap on her first touch of the game.

Wales were then dealt another blow in stoppage time when winger Kate Williams was shown a yellow card for a high tackle.

England hit the ball, playing in a rush of attack and launching forwards, with Maud Muir plunging under the post.

Hannah Botterman made her name on the scoresheet as England turned half a century old and showed why they are the number one team in the world.

The match was then halted when two incidents were brought to the attention of referee Joy Neville.

Packer was shown a yellow card for a high tackle on her team captain Hannah Jones, and May Campbell then followed her into the box for a similar tackle on Lisa Neumann.

Wales failed to capitalize on two additional players when Williams returned, and it was England that ended up dominating.

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham said: “There’s enough to get out there, for sure.

“When we looked at those first 30 minutes, I think we showed physical superiority, I think we were superior in terms of territory and possession.

“But we’ve been three times in their round of 22 and we’ve only got three points, and that’s the difference at this level.

“The growth in the team is huge and we’re definitely improving.”

England head coach Simon Middleton said: “Great credit for Wales in those first 25-30 minutes, they attacked us every half.

“They attacked hard, they pressed us in defence, they controlled the ball well and put us under a lot of pressure.

“At the time you were thinking this was going to be a high quality Test match all the way, but then credit our team.

“I think we were excellent today, the way we handled the pressure, the way we handled the problems and some of the attacking points we showed were outstanding.”

Wales: Keight; Neumann, H Jones (captain), Bluck, Norkett; Snow pedestal, Bevan; Pyrs, K Jones, Tuipulotu, Fleming, G Evans, B Lewis, Callender, Harries.

Replace: C Phillips, Hope, Hale, John, K Williams, King, F Lewis, Wilkins.

England: Sing; Breach, Tuima, Heard, Dow; Aitchison, L Packer; Carson, Davies, Bern, Aldcroft, O’Donnell, Kabeya, M Packer (captain), Matthews.

Replace: Campbell, Botterman, Muir, Burns, Beckett, Wyrwas, McKenna, Kildunne.

match official

Referee: Joy Neville (IRFU)

assistant: Beatrice Benvenuti (FIR), Maria Pacifico (FIR)

TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)


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