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Wales Women 16-15 England Women


Highlights: Wales Women 16-15 England Women

Wales Women claimed their first ever victory over England Women thanks to a Non Evans penalty kick deep into injury time at Taffs Well on Saturday.

England led 12-8 at half-time thanks to an interception try from Fiona Pocock and one from Emily Scarratt, with captain Mel Berry replying for Wales.

Scarratt's sin-binning allowed Aimee Young the space to put Wales ahead.

In a frantic finale, a penalty by Katy McLean put England ahead but Evans held firm to kick Wales to a famous win.

Cardiff Quins full-back Evans knocked over a penalty to give Wales a deserving 3-0 lead with nearly a quarter of an hour gone.

But England - the Six Nations favourites - scored against the run of play when wing Pocock read a pass from Wales captain Berry to run to the try-line unhindered, McLean adding the conversion.

The Wales captain made amends soon after, though, when England were penalised close to the line and Berry took a quick tap penalty to surge over the line.

However, by half-time England had regained the lead once more when centre Emily Scarratt loped away to put the visitors 12-8 ahead.

Evans missed two tricky kicks at goal but Wales were boosted when Scarratt was sin-binned for a professional foul.

Eventually the pressure told as Wales made use of the spaces out wide to send replacement winger Young over in the corner for an unconverted try.


England looked to have snatched the win away from Wales in the last minute when McLean sent a penalty between the uprights.

But Wales patiently worked their way back into the English 22, the visitors giving away a penalty under pressure at a ruck.

Despite several earlier misses, Evans kicked straight and true when it mattered and Wales celebrated a first win in 22 years of trying against England.

Wales: Non Evans (Cardiff Quins); Ali Wright (Lichfield), Rachel Poolman (UWIC), Clare Flowers (Bristol), Louise Rickard (Woodbridge); Naomi Thomas (Bristol), Amy Day (UWIC); Hannah Roberts (UWIC), Rhian Bowden (UWIC), Jenny Davies (Waterloo), Louise Horgan (Saracens), Rachel Taylor (Cardiff Quins), Catrina Nicholas (Cardiff Quins), Jamie Kift (Bristol), Mellissa Berry (Bristol, capt).
Replacements: Claire Horgan (Saracens), Gemma Hallett (Pontyclun), Claire Donovan (Saracens), Carys John (UWIC), Laura Prosser (Pontyclun), Awen Thomas (Cardiff Quins), Aimee Young (UWIC).

England: Massarella (Saracens); Matthews (Richmond), Scarratt (Lichfield), Oliver (Bristol), Pocock (Richmond); McLean (Darlington MP), Turner (Richmond); Clark (Blaydon Team Northumbria), Garnett (Saracens), Hemming (Bristol), Binstead (Wasps), McGilchrist (Wasps), Essex (Richmond), Moulding (Lichfield), Spencer (Bristol)
Replacements: Poore (Lichfield), Purdy (Wasps), Sharples (Worcester), Jones (Richmond), Rozario (Plymouth Albion), Lee (Bristol), Richardson (Richmond).

Women's Six Nations results/fixtures:
6 Feb Ireland 7-5 France
7 Feb England 69-13 Italy
8 Feb Scotland 10-31 Wales

14 Feb Wales 16-15 England
14 Feb Italy 17-35 Ireland Stadio M Natali, Colleferro
15 Feb France 25-12 Scotland Arras, Paris

27 Feb Ireland v England St Mary's RFC, Dublin
28 Feb Scotland v Italy Meggetland, Edinburgh
28 Feb France v Wales Montauban (TBC)

13 Mar Scotland v Ireland Meggetland, Edinburgh
15 Mar England v France London Welsh RFC
15 Mar Italy v Wales Riviera del Brenta Club, Mira

21 Mar Wales v Ireland Taffs Well, Cardiff
21 Mar England v Scotland London Welsh RFC
22 Mar Italy v France Piemonte Regional Committee, Torino

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