6 Nations Femminile: Inghilterra, un trionfo atteso dal 2012

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Alba Ovale – 2017

Le Red Roses conquistano il Grand Slam andando a vincere a Donnybrook contro l’Irlanda e chiudono al meglio un Women’s 6 Nations che hanno dominato dalla prima all’ultima giornata.

L’Inghilterra, nel giorno di St Patrick, va a rovinare la festa irlandese superando le Verdi 7-34. Sono cinque le mete messe a segno dalle Bianche, con Amy Wilson Hardy, Laura Keates, Amy Cokayne, Emily Scarratt (che chiude con un totale di 14 punti e premio di Player of the Match) e Lydia Thompson.

Il successo di stasera – il primo in Irlanda dal 2011 – permette a Sarah Hunter e compagne di centrare l’obiettivo dichiarato ad inizio stagione e di potersi ora focalizzare solo sulla difesa della Coppa del Mondo, quando torneranno a Dublin 4 il prossimo agosto per la fase a gironi della massima competizione europea.

 

The difference between winning and not winning this match would have been huge. To win the Six Nations was a major target for us and we’ve done it with a Grand Slam,” ha detto l’head coach delle Red Roses, Simon Middleton, al sito della RFU.

It gives us a springboard and it keeps our winning mentality going. It also gives us confidence that what we’re doing is right. We know we can get better, fitter and stronger.

“That will be our next focus, but for now, I’m absolutely thrilled.

L’Inghilterra che ha conquistato il Grand Slam battendo l’Irlanda a Donnybrook

15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 68 caps)
14 Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 7 caps, Thompson (68))
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 66 caps)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol, 37 caps)
11 Kay Wilson (Richmond, 42 caps)
10 Emily Scott (Saracens, 21 caps, Burford (40))
9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 64 caps, Blackburn (66))

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 122 caps, Cornborough (40))
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 25 caps, Fleetwood (66))
3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 19 caps, Keates (40))
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 103 caps)
5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 43 caps)
6 Alex Matthews (Richmond, 29 caps, Cleall (68))
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 45 caps, Noel-Smith (76))
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 90 caps) (c)

16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 59 caps)
17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls, 23 caps)
18 Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries, 60 caps)
19 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 12 caps)
20 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 29 caps)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester Valkyries, 18 caps)
22 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 65 caps)
23 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 31 caps)

England Women Six Nations

England 26 – 13 France
Saturday 4 February, Twickenham Stadium

Wales 0 – 63 England
Saturday 11 February, Cardiff Arms Park

England 29 – 15 Italy
Saturday 25 February, Twickenham Stoop

England 64 – 0 Scotland
Saturday 11 March, Twickenham Stoop

Ireland 7 – 34 England
Friday 17 March, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

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