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Wales Women 16-15 England Women

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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.

606: DEBATE

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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