Scotland 0 v 53 England (Women’s Six Nations)
Six Nations Champions England travelled to Glasgow on Sunday afternoon set to face Scotland, however due to extreme weather conditions (Storm Ciara) the match had to be postponed and rescheduled for this afternoon. The match also had a change of venue with the game moving to the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, the match was also played behind closed doors for safety reasons, but the conditions were still difficult with strong winds and heavy snow.
England made five changes from the side that beat France last weekend, bringing in an entirely different front row and one of those players, prop forward Sarah Bern powered over the line for the opening try of the match on three minutes. Emily Scarratt made the conversion to make the score 0-7.
On nineteen minutes, the visitors were awarded a penalty with centre Emily Scarratt took and scored in swirling winds to extend England’s lead to ten points. Emily Scarratt set a new record during the match kicking thriteen points to overtake team-mate Katy Daley-McLean as England Women’s leading points scorer of all time with 539.
England extended their lead on thirty-one minutes, as Jess Breach became on of three first-half try scorers to sprint fifty metres with the ball before going over the line to make the score 0-15. Unfortunaley Emily Scarratt couldn’t add to the scoreline as she missed the conversion.
Just six minutes later, it was the turn of Abby Dow who collected the ball just outside the England twenty-two before going passed the whole Scotland squad holding off three of the home players before going over for a superb solo try to make it 0-20. However this time Scarratt made the conversion to make the half-time score 0-22.
As the players came out for the second-half the weather conditions took a turn for the worst, as heavy snow started to fall. England fly-half Zoe Harrison dropped the ball three times as the visitors struggled to find their rhythm. However, just three minutes into the second-half, England did well to hold on to the slippery ball and set up full-back Emily Scott for the bonus-point fourth try.
On forty-nine minutes, with the Scotland team tiring after their first-half efforts full-back Emily Scott added her second try of the match going over the line to make the score 0-32. Emily Scarratt again scored the conversion a minute later to increase the score to 0-34.
Scott, then turned provider six minutes later as she set up Abby Dow for her second try of the match in the corner to extend the visitors lead to 0-39, Scarratt missed the conversion as once again the srong winds and the heavy snow played a major part in the match.
Whilst the conversion attempt was taking place, players on both sides took the chance to collect bottles of hot water to keep their hands warm, whilst others tried to stay warm by coming together in a small groups. As both teams entered the last fifteen minutes, the snow and icey winds was really starting to effect the players as they shivered on the pitch.
On sixty-four minutes, a more traditional pack move produced the next try for the visitors as number eight Sarah Hunter collected a try to make the score 0-44. Scarratt then added the conversion to add a further two points to the total making it 0-46.
England added try number eight on seventy-seven minutes, when replacement scrum-half Claudia MacDonald scored the final try of the match to take the score to 0-51 and yet again Emily Scarratt scored the conversion to make the full-time score 0-53 to the visitors.
England have never lost a Women’s Six Nations match to Scotland, however the visitors didn’t quite match last years 80-0 scoreline and after beating the french in the opening weekend they remain on course to defend their Grand Slam title. England will now host Ireland in their next match on 23rd February whilst Scotland will seek a first win of the tournament when they travel to Italy.
Speaking after the match England Coach Simon Middleton said, “It was a pretty good team performance today bearing in mind the conditions. We were pleased with the score and in particularly keeping Scotland to nil because they’ve got dangerous players. We have played two games away against two very good sides in totally contrasting conditions. I’m thrilled and we’ve got plenty to build on the most important thing is we can see progression in the side and there’s a great buzz in the changing room.”
Scotland – Rollie; Lloyd, Thomson, Nelson, Tonkin; Law, McDonald; Bartlett, Skeldon, Forsyth, Wassell, Bonar, Malcolm, McLachlan, Konkel (Subs) Wright, Muzambe, Cockburn, Cattigan, McMillan, Law, Sergeant, Wallace.
England – Scott; Dow, Scarratt, Reed, Breach; Harrison, Hunt; Cornborough, Davies, Bern, Cleall, Aldcroft, Beckett, Fleetwood, Hunter (Subs) Cokayne, Botterman, Brown, Millar-Mills, Harper, MacDonald, Daley-Mclean, McKenna.
England – Tries Bern, Breach, Dow 2, Scott 2, Hunter, MacDonald, Penalty Scarratt, Conversions Scarratt (5)
Attendance – Behind Closed Doors (Safety Reason’s)