|Italy: (0) 0|
|England: (28) 54|
|Tries: Kildunne, Cleall, Scarratt, Ward, Bern, Breach, Riley, Packer Cons: Scarratt 5, Harrison 2|
England claimed a second successive Ladies’s Six Nations Grand Slam with a bruising 54-0 win over Italy in Parma.
The Purple Roses had been already champions after 4 video games however their intention to remain unbeaten was clear as Ellie Kildunne crossed inside 4 minutes.
Poppy Cleall, captain Emily Scarratt and Abbie Ward adopted go well with for a first-half bonus level.
4 extra tries after the break capped off a Six Nations which England dominated all through.
After a gradual begin to the second half from the guests, Sarah Bern discovered her means throughout the tryline, earlier than Jess Breach, Leanne Riley and Marlie Packer added their names to the scoresheet.
The Purple Roses now have per week off earlier than taking part in two Assessments in opposition to France because the countdown to the 2021 World Cup continues.
The weekend’s different two Ladies’s Six Nations matches – Wales v Scotland and France v Eire – had been postponed due to coronavirus.
Purple Roses’ progress not halted by Six Nations suspension
England had not performed a Take a look at match since March and it initially appeared this had taken its toll as a miscommunication between Abby Dow and Amber Reed meant Katy Daley-Mclean’s kick-off went into contact.
However they wanted simply three minutes 40 seconds to gather themselves earlier than Kildunne – who has impressed in sevens – made a trendy return to worldwide 15-a-side rugby. The Purple Roses constructed by way of the phases and the full-back deftly stepped by way of defenders to go over.
Then quantity eight Sarah Beckett picked the ball up from the bottom of the scrum and got here up inches in need of the road, with Cleall ending the job.
Italy responded with a interval of stress, however squandered it with easy errors and England did not capitalise as prop Bern’s strive was dominated out due to an earlier knock-on.
However Scarratt, taking over captain’s duties rather than the injured Sarah Hunter, ran a scything assist line to interrupt by way of defenders and go over beneath the posts earlier than changing her personal rating.
England secured a bonus level earlier than half-time as lock Ward, coming back from an 11-month harm, scored from a maul and Scarratt added her fourth profitable conversion.
Each side noticed their ranges drop after the break and Italy conceded a penalty – their thirteenth of the match – to provide England the prospect of a line-out within the nook.
The Purple Roses forwards had been unsuccessful in a maul however they may not be saved out for lengthy and Bern finally barged over.
England could have been lacking common captain Hunter and scrum-half Natasha Hunt, who had examined optimistic for coronavirus, however head coach Simon Middleton emptied an especially sturdy bench within the sixtieth minute.
Recent-legged forwards managed to create some gaps and wing Breach had simply sufficient room to attain within the nook.
A thick fog fell on the pitch and England struggled to search out their means by way of till alternative scrum-half Riley – a late recruit to switch Hunt – grabbed an interception and dived throughout the road.
There was time for an eighth and closing strive, which Packer scored on the base of a maul earlier than pretending to cradle a child in celebration – dedicating the rating to the kid she and her companion welcomed in September.
How England received the Six Nations
2 Feb: beat France 19-13
England began the defence of their Six Nations crown with a hard-fought win, Emily Scarratt racing clear for a high-quality solo strive within the second half proving decisive.
10 Feb: beat Scotland 53-0
Switched to a Monday match at Murrayfield due to Storm Ciara, England had been sizzling within the snowy and freezing circumstances to go prime of the standings.
23 Feb: beat Ireland 27-0
A rampant first-half efficiency did the injury as England inflicted a primary defeat of the event on Eire and moved a step nearer to the title.
7 March: beat Wales 66-7
Within the final recreation earlier than the pandemic, a document near-11,000 crowd noticed a Poppy Cleall hat-trick assist England energy previous Wales at Twickenham Stoop.
1 November: beat Italy 54-0
With the title already secured by Scotland’s draw with France per week earlier, England clinched back-to-back Grand Slams with a ruthless eight-try win over Italy.
Participant of the match: Abbie Ward
‘Again-to-back Grand Slams are uncommon’ – what they stated
England captain Emily Scarratt on Sky Sports activities: “It was actually vital we saved our foot on the fuel and did ourselves justice. It was a very nice workforce efficiency.”
England participant of the match Abbie Ward: “We needed to complete the Six Nations on our phrases. Doing a Grand Slam back-to-back is uncommon. It’s one thing we had been chasing.
“Our capacity to really play rugby in spite of everything this time… it’s nice that we’re again collectively. English rugby is in a really thrilling time.”
‘England can go into World Cup with excessive expectations’- evaluation
Former England World Cup winner Rocky Clark on BBC Radio 5 Reside Sports activities Additional
England had been in cost for a lot of the recreation. It was an excellent efficiency however there are some things to tidy up which you’d count on if you’ve not performed for therefore lengthy.
There are some younger and proficient gamers coming by way of and it was nice to see them play so effectively with the World Cup one 12 months away they usually can go into it with excessive expectations.
England have been phenomenal all through the event and might take confidence from that.
Italy: Furlan (capt); Magatti, Sillari, Rigoni, Stefan; Madia, Barattin; Turani, Bettoni, Gai, Fedrighi, Duca, Sgorbini, Franco, Giordano.
Replacements: Cerato, Skofca, Merlo, Tounesi, Sberna, Ostuni Minuzzi, Muzzo, Mancini.
England: Kildunne; Breach, Scarratt (capt), Reed, Dow; Daley-Mclean, MacDonald; Cornborough, Davies, Bern, Ward, Talling, Cleall, Packer, Beckett.
Replacements: Cokayne, Harper, Brown, Millar-Mills, Matthews, Riley, Rowland, Harrison.