England Women scored their second successive 40-point victory, this time despite the reorganising of day, time and venue. France just won and Scottish decline continues, well beaten by Wales.
Results Round 2
England vs Italy, 43-3
France vs Ireland, 8-7
Wales vs Scotland, 20-0
Results, Round 1
England vs Scotland, 47-0
France vs Italy, 32-0
Ireland vs Wales, abandoned at half time with Ireland leading 10-6
Italy vs England
The match was to have been played on Saturday at Parabiago near Milan but the field was frozen and so it was shifted Stadio Carlo Androne in Recco, near Genoa on the Mediterranean coast, six hours' journey from Milan. The field was an artificial surface, which must be a first for a Six Nations match.
England followed up their big win in Scotland with a seven-try victory over Italy and are now well placed for their seventh successive championship title. England were on top from the start and led 26-3 at half-time. Italy's only points were a penalty goal by fly-half Michela Tondinelli when Rochelle Clark was sent to the sin bin.
In the second half Italy were dogged in keeping England out for 20 minutes till Italy conceded a penalty try.
England coach Gary Street said: “we're delighted to get another win under our belts. The performance was a mixed bag really. Some of our tries were world class and we showed some real brilliance but we also struggled a bit. We tried too hard sometimes with passes going amiss or by making simple mistakes.
“Next up we face Wales at Twickenham in two weeks’ time. We now have a week to iron out some areas of our game as we know Wales will like nothing better than inflicting a win on us on our home turf.”
Tries: Rochelle Clark, Emily Scarratt, Ceri Large, Michaela Staniford, Rachael Burford, Georgina Roberts, penalty try
Cons: Emily Scarratt 3
Pen: Michela Tondinelli
Italy: 15 Veronica Schiavon, 14 Maria Diletta Veronese, 13 Maria Grazia Cioffi, 12 Paola Zangirolami (captain), 11 Manuela Furlan, 10 Michela Tondinelli, 9 Sara Barattin, 8 Silvia Gaudino, 7 Giuliana Campanella, 6 Michela Este, 5 Sara Pettinelli, 4 Flavia Severin, 3 Lucia Gai, 2 Sara Zanon, 1 Elisa Cucchiella
Replacements: 16 Anita Nespoli, 17 Melissa Bettoni, 18 Cristina Molic, 19 Ballarini Debora, 20 Alice Trevisan, 21 Vanessa Chiandamo, 22 Chiara Castellarin
England: 15 Emily Scarratt, 14 Georgina Roberts, 13 Rachael Burford (VC),, 12 Kimberley Oliver, 11 Kay Wilson, 10 Ceri Large, 9 La Toya Mason, 8 Sarah Hunter (captain),, 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Isabelle Noel-Smith, 5 Tamara Taylor, 4 Rowena Burnfield, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Amy Turner, 1 Rochelle Clark,
Replacements: 16 Victoria Fleetwood, 17 Claire Purdy, 18 Emily Braund, 19 Hannah Gallagher, 20 Georgina Rozario, 21 Katy McLean, 22 Michaela Staniford
Referee: Itziar Diaz (Spain)
Assistant referees: Federica Guerzoni, Barbara Guastini
Wales vs Scotland
At Keys Cross, after two wet, freezing days, the weather picked up on Saturday when Wales Women beat Scotland 20-0. Scotland were doing well, conceded three tries in 10 minutes and then were again better - shades of the men's side.
At half-time Wales led 15-0.
All of Wales's points came from tries - four of them. Scrumhalf Amy Day scored two of the tries.
For Wales: Tries: Jamie Kift, Rachel Taylor, Amy Day 2
Wales: 15 Rosie Fletcher, 14 Charlie Murray, 13 Adi Taviner, 12 Philippa Tuttiett, 11 Caryl James, 10 Naomi Thomas, 9 Amy Day, 8 Jamie Kift, 7 Rachel Taylor (captain), 6 Sioned Harries, 5 Shona Powell-Hughes, 4 Vicky Owens, 3 Jenny Davies, 2 Rhian Bowden, 1 Caryl Thomas
Replacements: 16 Lowri Harries, 17 Megan York, 18 Sian Williams, 19 Clare Flowers, 20 Laura Prosser, 21 Rebecca De Filippo, 22 Mared Evans
Scotland: 15 Stephanie Johnston, 14 Caroline Collie, 13 Laura Steven, 12 Lisa Martin, 11 Sarah Dixon (Stirling County), 10 Tanya Griffith, 9 Louise Dalgliesh, 8 Lindsay Wheeler, 7 Ruth Slaven, 6 Tess Forsberg, 5 Jemma Forsyth, 4 Anna Swan, 3 Tracy Balmer, 2 Sarah Quick, 1 Suzanne McKerlie-Hex
Replacements: 16 Lindsey Smith, 17 Heather Lockhart, 18 Heather Lockhart, 18 Katherine Muir, 19 Beth Dickens, 20 Charlotte Veale, 21 Lisa Ritchie, 22 Katy Green
Referee: Clare Daniels (England)
Assistant referees: Simon Rees (Wales), Julian Smith (Wales)
France vs Ireland
It was oh-so close at Stade du Hameau in Pau on Saturday -= a try and a kick apiece, but a try is worth more than a conversion.
This effort would probably have pleased Ireland more than France, conforming the promise in the young Irish side. Ireland dominated the second half but their only reward was a try by flank Claire Molloy four minutes from time.
Because of the freezing cold, the match was brought forward two-and-a-half hours from its half-past-six kick-off. France ended the first half leading 80-0 after a try by wing Caroline Ladagnous and then a penalty by centre Sandrine Agricole.
Try: Caroline Ladagnous
Pen: Sandrine Agricole
Try: Claire Molloy
Con: Niamh Briggs
France: 15 Jessy Tremouliere, 14 Laura Delas, 13 Marjorie Mayans, 12 Sandrine Agricole, 11 Caroline Ladagnous, 10 Aurélie Bailon, 9 Marie Alice Yahe (captain), 8 Aïda Ba, 7 Marie Charlotte Hebel, 6 Claire Canal, 5 Cyrielle Bouisset, 4 Sandra Rabier, 3 Christelle Chobet, 2 Laetitia Salles, 1 Hélène Ezanno.
Replacements: 16 Gaëlle Mignot, 17 Emeline Dupont, 18 Elodie Mert, 19 Manon Andre, 20 Chloé Pelle, 21 Laura Di Muzio, 22 Jennyfer Troncy.
Ireland: 15 Ashleigh Baxter, 14 Niamh Kavanagh, 13 Niamh Briggs, 12 Grace Davitt, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Lynne Cantwell, 9 Amy Davis, 8 Joy Neville, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Laura Guest, 5 Sophie Spence, 4 Marie Louise Reilly, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Gillian Bourke, 1 Fiona Coghlan, (captain)
Replacements: 16 Paula Fitzpatrick, 17 Ruth O'Reilly, 18 Siobhan Fleming, 19 Heather O'Brien, 20 Larissa Muldoon, 21 Nikki Caughey, 22 Jennifer Murphy
Referee: Sherry Turnbull (Canada)
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