Ten-try England women dismantle Italy in Dublin

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

Emily Scarratt captains England from outside centre with regular captain Sarah Hunter starting from the bench.

England responded with a similarly well-worked try from Thompson, the winger's 29th in global rugby, and just before the break flanker Marlie Packer's storming run set up skipper Amy Cokayne for another to make it 22-8 at half-time.

"We want to take full advantage of the depth, talent and experience in the squad".

"Our aim is to continually build and improve", said Middleton.

"The team have recovered well and have been working hard over the past two days to ensure we are fully prepared for the next challenge".

Italy, beaten 29-15 by England in the recent Six Nations tournament, hit back through Veronica Schiavon's penalty and then winger Maria Magatti out-sprinted the covering defence to reduce the deficit to 12-8.

Three 2014 World Cup winners - Tamara Taylor, the second row, Marlie Packer, the flanker, and scrum half Natasha Hunt - as well as Amy Wilson Hardy, the wing, all played their first part in this campaign, and contributed to a more well-oiled performance.

Waterman powered over to keep England well out in front and just after the hour-mark Middleton made a raft of changes, with Megan Jones, Harriett Millar-Mills, Heather Kerr, Vickii Cornborough and Sarah Hunter all entering the fray.

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