Match Report – Scotland Women – – – England


Red Roses score nine tries in total at DAM Health Stadium; Marlie Packer (three), Poppy Cleall, Heather Cowell, Abby Dow, Leanne Infante, Holly Aitchison and Connie Powell; Scotland’s only points came via a try for full-back Chloe Rollie

Last update: 03/26/22 2:19 p.m.

Marlie Packer scored a hat-trick as England scored nine tries in total against Scotland

England opener Marlie Packer scored a hat-trick as the Red Roses secured a first Six Nations victory 57-5 against Scotland in Edinburgh.

The visitors scored nine tries in total at DAM Health Stadium, passing through Packer (three), flanker Poppy Cleall, winger Heather Cowell, winger Abby Dow, scrum-half Leanne Infante, center Holly Aitchison and replacement hooker Connie Powell.

Outside the centre, Emily Scarratt added five conversions and Helena Rowland one. For Scotland, their only points came via a try for full-back Chloe Rollie, although they were unlucky not to score more.

Scotland – Tries: Rollie (16). England – Tries: Packer (9, 29, 65), Cleall (13), Cowell (21), Dow (25), Infante (40+2), Aitchison (52), Powell (62). Against: Scarratt (10, 14, 25, 40+3, 53), Rowland (63).

The win gives England a 19th straight Test victory and the perfect start to their Six Nations title defence, having won the championship in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

England have made the perfect start to their 2022 Women's Six Nations campaign

England have made the perfect start to their 2022 Women’s Six Nations campaign

Scotland enjoyed a brighter start to the game, but a poor strike and miss from fly-half Helen Nelson with a penalty left them unrewarded.

As things stand, England took the lead with virtually their first attack in nine minutes, after scrum-half Infante tapped in quickly and executed a penalty to get to the Scottish line, where Packer in the open is passed at point-blank range.

England welcomed Emily Scarratt aged 13 after 11 months out with a broken leg. Sarah Hunter captained the No. 8 team, Maud Muir started at free support, while Marlie Packer started at the opener to earn her 80th cap. Helena Rowland started ahead of Zoe Harrison at flyhalf.

For Scotland, Hannah Smith arrived inside the center in the only change from their World Cup playoff win over Colombia, with Helen Nelson moving in for the fly-half and Sarah Law falling on the bench. Number 8 Jade Konkel, who missed out last year as she completed her training with the London Fire Brigade, landed her 50th cap.

Red Roses scrum-half Leanne Infante celebrates Packer's opening try in the test

Red Roses scrum-half Leanne Infante celebrates Packer’s opening try in the test

Less than four minutes later, England had their second as blind flanker Cleall – 2021 Six Nations Player of the Tournament – ​​powered off after taking an offload from Rosie Galligan.

Scotland fought back soon after with their first try of the Championship as full-back Rollie completed a superb attacking move down the pitch, but the scoreline went unconverted when Nelson snagged the conversion.

Heather Cowell crosses for England's third try from the corner

Heather Cowell crosses for England’s third try from the corner

England winger Cowell put England back on track with his third try in the corner after a huge carry from Maud Muir before opposite wing Dow completed the bonus point on 25 minutes with a stunning individual effort then she was handing Rhona Lloyd before burning.

Packer grabbed her second try just before the half hour mark as she dove after a rolling maul rushed forward.

Abby Dow celebrates with team-mate Holly Aitchison England's heavy Women's Six Nations defeat to Scotland

Abby Dow celebrates with team-mate Holly Aitchison England’s heavy Women’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland

Scotland struck deep into England’s half with less than 30 seconds remaining and would pay dearly for it as once a scrum penalty was forced England kicked in kick to touch and support Sarah Bern did the rest, faking and charging before offloading for Infante mark two minutes into the first half timeout.

Scarratt’s conversion left England 38-5 at half-time but Scotland started strongest in the second half and were very unhappy not to be awarded a try by Rachel McLaughlan – the referee Joy Neville ruled out the score for a knockout, despite replays appearing to show the ball had been returned by England.

Emily Scarratt kicked five conversions in England's win on her return from a leg break

Emily Scarratt kicked five conversions in England’s win on her return from a leg break

Neville also refused to show England a yellow card despite repeated infringements near their own line, and it was the visitors who would score next as center Aitchison collected a spot-kick from Helena Rowland.

England almost emptied their bench just after the hour mark, and it paid immediate dividends when replacement hooker Powell recovered after a grounding maul.

Packer claimed his hat-trick score with 15 minutes left, which was awarded after a TMO review cleared a potential hit in the previous ruck.

On the other side, England were again lucky to avoid a sin-binning as another set of penalties saw referee Neville avoid taking further action.

And after?

England then travel to Italy in the second leg on Sunday April 3, where they play at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma (kick-off 15:00 GMT).

Scotland travel to take on Wales in the second leg on Saturday April 2, in a test to be played at Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 4.45pm GMT).




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