Episode 4 Women's Six Nations Rugby


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Episode 4

Action from the penultimate week. England are on course for the Grand Slam, but they take on a rejuvenated Scotland side who claimed their first win in seven years against Wales.


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A huge sense of anticipation from huge support here. Across the

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continent there has been a surge of interest in the women's game.

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It's been a thrilling tournament so far, England and Ireland lead the

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way and both sides know victory in their respective

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matches this weekend will set up a championship showdown in Dublin on

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St Patrick's Day. But that is a week away and a week is a long time in

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international rugby. Welcome to the Twickenham stoop for the fourth

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round of the women's six Nations championship. Here is what's your

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way. The penultimate weekend of competition and it is the red Roses

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topping the table unbeaten with a vastly superior points difference.

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Scotland with new-found self belief out of their brilliant last-gasp win

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over Wales in round three. In Cardiff Ireland arrived undefeated

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and in contention for the title. They needed to win to keep their own

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grand slam dreams alive. Wales who beat the Irish in a friendly in July

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have had a tough month on and off the field and were looking to get

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their season back on track. Italy hosted the reigning six Nations

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champions, France, whose title hopes may have faded, but they definitely

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didn't want to experience defeat against an Italian team yet to

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register a win in 2017. On Friday night our cameras had exclusive

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behind-the-scenes access to the England team hotel as they handed

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out the jerseys for this match against Scotland. This England group

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have such experience and depth, they can make five changes and their

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match day squad still contains 987 international caps. The 121st cap

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for prop Rocky Clark and Tamara Taylor gets her jersey for the 102nd

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time. Katy McLean's three match suspension means England are without

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their star playmaker so Emily Scott gets her hands on the number ten

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jersey. A return for Danielle Waterman who will wear 15. Home

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advantage and they are clear favourites to win this one. A

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massive day for Scotland is gone through a real transformation under

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their coach, Munro. COMMENTATOR: Healthy crowd at the Twickenham

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stoop, this is the England team for this contest this afternoon. Five

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changes. Amy Wilson hardly the leading try scorer so far of the

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championship. Kay Wilson and just the taking their places. Daniel was

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and Lydia Thompson who missed the third round win over Italy return to

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the starting 15. Here is the Scotland team appointed. Four

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changes. Keep an eye on the dangerous runner

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Chloe Roddy at England being played advantage here

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by referee Sean Gallagher. Again the timing of the past, England bouncing

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off the tackles. Alex Matthews five metres out. Mason. England queueing

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up for the ball on this left-hand side. It's all about the execution

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for England. And the first drive. Kay Wilson doing what you did

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against Italy two weeks ago. England on the scoreboard inside three

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minutes. Lloyd. This is looking ominous for the Scots. It's all

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about the past. Wilson... She looks good. Try number two for England and

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China but two for Kay Wilson. -- and try number two. Two brilliant

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tackles that time from Louise McMillan for Scotland. But the

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penalty is still to come. It's a yellow card. A yellow card for Gemma

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Forsyth. Disappointing for Scotland, they'll have to work extra hard with

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14. England with the line-out five metres from the try line. Scotland

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is not even competing here. Waiting, searching. Cokayne to score. England

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have three tries in 11 minutes. Scotland appear to be slow to

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complete that maul. Taylor. The fourth try looks as though it's only

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seconds away. The referee Sean Gallagher is going to take a look at

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this one, I think. Possibly does touch down, the point of the ball. I

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have the decision, the ball has been grounded by the white player.

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Scott, nice inside ball to Sarah Hunter. England a meter out. Mason.

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Rocky Clark. Mason, Scarratt. Scarratt to Waterman.

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Wilson going to have a go at a hat-trick. Doesn't need any

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invitation. The referee gives it. The scrum-half, Sarah Law. Not the

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cleanest passes to Lisa Thompson. England can try and make hay with

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this. A wide pass to Scarratt. Scarratt to Wilson and this will be

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try number four. I'm pleased for Kay Wilson, to have missed the first

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couple of games and commands do this. An out and out finisher.

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This could be the last element. Hugely disappointing for Scotland.

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Couldn't do the basics well enough. The exit strategy fell to pieces.

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Any cocaine goes in for another try, England's eighth in this first half.

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-- Amy Cokayne. A lovely pass. Emily Scarratt lifting up her knees. It is

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try number five for Kay Wilson. She probably can't believe her luck. In

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comes Nelson, gets the past. Nice blitz ball from the skipper Lisa

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Martin. Good kick by Nelson. This is going to cause problems for England.

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I think she's done it! A little bit of ingenuity that time from

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Scotland. I haven't got a view of the grounding. It's all about

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whether she got the hands on the ball and grounded it, Rollie. They

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get another shot. She trampled all over her opponent.

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Gemma Forsyth. Blackburn, Scarratt. Lovely pass from Scarratt to Wilson

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for try number six. Unbelievable. Hat-trick for Kay Wilson. A six

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Nations record for Kay Wilson. It comes Matthews, Alex Matthews

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through the gap. Emily Scarratt to score. Much closer to the post. She

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can hopefully convert her own try. Lucky attempt at number 11 for Emily

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Scarratt. England running with real purpose now. Efficient rugby. It's

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clinical. Looking for try number 12. You've got to be kidding me, not

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another one! You can't write it, you can't write it. Seven tries for Kay

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Wilson. In her wildest dreams she would never have thought this was

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possible. Full time here at the stoop. A

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consummate performance. England ripping Scotland apart and making a

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real statement of intent as they go in search of their first grand slam

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since 2012. Seven tries on the night, a new six Nations record, how

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much fun? So much fun. As a team we wanted to build on what we did last

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week against Italy. We're happy with our performance. We went in the game

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trying to be clinical. We did our basics well. It paid off and we're

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looking forward to Ireland. Our windows have been fantastic in this

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competition. Kay had great service today. When you're playing outside

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some of the backs we've got, what you have to do is be good as your

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job. A world-class player, K. When at her best she takes a lot of

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handling, she's great. Second half we definitely improved, but England

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under pressure. It's just us being able to retain the ball, making

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quality decisions. We were unlucky to score in the corner, we've got an

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exciting backline, we have to use them. Looking forward to going to

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Italy next week. If putting a rugby girl band together, this is the

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ultimate girl band you would want, what a group, cat, Donna and Amber.

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What a wonderful match. We've heard from Kay Wilson. What a first half.

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I think we tried to play patient rugby, didn't want to get the ball

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wide to early. Scotland have good defence, we knew it would take a

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little to get them down. Use our big carriers, straight through the

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middle, then release the pace we've got out wide. We know how starved of

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ball Scotland were in the first half, when they got it in a second

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break try to do something but the try wasn't allowed. That was what

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cost them in the first half, not getting hands on the ball. Credit to

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England they had most of the territory and possession. Played

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very good patient rugby. It wasn't fancy rugby, just simple rugby

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through the hands, working it through the forwards, through the

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phases. And the tries came. What impressed UN commentary? What Amber

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said, they need to earn the right to go wide and they did that. There

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were ten faces at first, forward, floating through the middle, then

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when they tied the Scottish in that was when they have the execution and

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skill set to get it wide to players with such pace. Like Kay Wilson. Is

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it some you drill down on through the week? Coming off the back of the

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Italy game we were frustrated with the errors we made and it cost us

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the momentum of the game. We like to play with momentum, be on the front

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foot, because it gives us space. A big focus going into this week,

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earned the right to go wide, build phases, then we can use the pace

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we've got. There is a big weekend coming up next weekend but looking

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further ahead, it's a World Cup year. How confident is this group of

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players? We definitely need to build on our confidence but we are taking

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it one step at a time. We've got a big challenge next week against

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Ireland, or to play for next week. We look ahead to summer tour, then

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we have our eyes on the World Cup. Let's turn our attention is to

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Ireland, who have also 100% unbeaten record so far. They travelled to

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Wales to take on a side still coming to terms with such a tragic loss.

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Two weeks ago the rugby world was stunned by the News the 20-year-old

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Welsh international Celine Orchid had died in a road accident. --

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Norkett. She was an extremely talented hard

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running three quarters. She was the youngest player at the 2014 Rugby

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World Cup, won five caps for the senior side and played club rugby

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for the ospreys. Tributes flowed in from across the rugby world and last

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Friday any's University team-mates paid their own tribute by retiring

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the number 12 and 14 jerseys for the rest of the season. Every player

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laid down a rose before their quarterfinal match. Her team won

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84-0 and jazz Joyce crossed the line for six tries. A fitting tribute.

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Before the six Nations match in Cardiff there was another tribute. A

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minute's applause for Elli Match commentary from Michael

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Corcoran and Fiona. Commentary --

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COMMENTATOR: That's the first one they've missed. Good work there by

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the Irish back row and Paula Fitzpatrick. And a chance here now

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for Mary Healey to get her hands on this. Jenny Murphy uses her strength

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to go forwards with that one but a strong challenge there by Clay. It

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is confusion in the centre of the pitch. Stapleton. On towards Alison

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Miller, and she is the flyer as she makes it towards the 22, but a

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strong challenge on her. The referee's whistle has gone. And a

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good attacking position. Ireland go towards Sophie Spence. And they now

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put pressure on Wales here again. The ball tucked under her right arm.

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Lindsay Pete charging for the line and she is in for the try! It has

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come in the concluding minutes of this game and Ireland know certainly

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it might have taken them a while to hit top gear, but they did so on

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that occasion. Again, good variety and a wonderful time to score a try.

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Brilliant time to score a try. Time to get the players around, really

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strongly formed ball with really good momentum. You can see them

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getting control at the back. She spots a bit of a gap, she's so

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powerful, and over she goes for a brilliant try, Lindsay. In the final

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minute of first half. She pumps this one, kicks it towards the post. And

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that is a terrific kick from Nora Stapleton.

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It is well taken there by the Welsh full-back. She makes tremendous

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ground towards the 22 metre line and eventually and she is pulled to the

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ground by Hannah. Absolutely carved open there by the full-back. And the

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whistle has gone. This could be a costly one from an Irish point of

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view. A yellow card for Lindsay from the referee and Ireland just not

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dealing with the runner. Basically running up. Wales, then, in a good

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position here. REFEREE: Bind, set.

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Strom Strong buy Ireland but Wales wheel it around. -- strong scrum by

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Ireland. Again, as I said at the previous

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couple of phases, if she can continue to give them the go forward

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ball, that's what Wales need to be looking at. And it is Robin Wilkins,

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then, with the conversion, and straight between the posts it goes.

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Wales are now pumped back towards the full-back. She gets the kick

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away and, well, can they prevent that ball going into touch? A

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challenge there. By Amy Evans, the Welsh from forward. The referee is

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going to have a look at that one. She clipped her ear. It was a high

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tackle. I think she just slipped up as she made impact.

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REFEREE: For me that is a high tackle, is dangerous. Please leave

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the field. Very close to water line there. Griffin. Lindy charges

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forward. What strength as she goes forward but doesn't seem to have

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turned it over. -- Lindsay. She's been quite decisive, to be fair

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about it. Mary Healey giving way. Smashed onto the ground. A good

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challenge there. Ireland you feel have to come out of here with

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something as they drive Wales back. Paula Fitzpatrick. Again, reaching

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forward for that one. Has she been shunted over for a second time? I

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think we may very well see a try for Ireland here.

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REFEREE: Any reason not to award that try? Very, very close in there,

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Paula Fitzpatrick. Hand underneath the ball.

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REFEREE: No try. Held up. The scrum feed. Shunting Wales back

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and Jenny Murphy has it. Hold onto the ground. Nora Stapleton moves it

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on the far side. Taken by Hannah Tyrrell on the far side of the

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pitch. Touches it down on the corner and it looked as if it was all in

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slow motion. And Ireland with the try, a crucial score in a really,

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really tight game. And the referee has blown the full-time whistle and

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its four out of four for Ireland, as they've beaten Wales 12-7.

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Definitely not pretty at times but overly emotional day for Wales.

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Really feeling for them as we know how much it meant to them but

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delighted with the win. Didn't look after the ball as much as we should

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have and we were under pressure at times, especially later in the play

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in the ruck area, so that kind of stopped us from gaining momentum and

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it stopped our game plan, but thankfully we reverted them to a bit

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of a kicking game, so we have the contrast between the two, and

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thankfully for the last couple of minutes we weren't under too much

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pressure. Proud of the girls and the effort they put in today, yes. Keep

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making them proud and playing. Ronan Phillips made seven changes to

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the Welsh side heading into this match. How unsettling is that for a

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team? How necessary was it? Seven changes in any team is a big ask, I

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think. It depends why he's made the changes. It could be through injury

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or he could be looking ahead to the World Cup coming up, looking to key

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players in certain positions, but seven changes is a big change. It

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was all is going to be a big physical match but, my goodness, it

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was, and right from the off? Definitely, Ireland have been very

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physical and Wales of the back of their last two games needed to up

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it, and they did, and that's why it was such a tough competition between

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the two site. I don't think Wales need to concentrate on discipline.

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But it lacked again today. That will always cost them in points or

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territory, and it is so key to keep possession in such a tight battle.

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You both coach alongside each other at Worcester. How well did Shona

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play? Fantastically. It is or is going to give the side the lift and

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the goal forward that you need but it's always going to give the

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players a roundabout on the left and she scored a fantastic try from the

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scrum, so a quality player. What will Ireland take from that win

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against Wales today? It will give them huge confidence because they

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are going into a grand slam decider, obviously. But from my perspective,

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they will need to update again because their points have been

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really close and England point difference is huge, so it's going to

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be a good game. We will talk about that later in the programme but

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let's turn to France. They've had a real eclectic mix of results so far.

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The current champions headed to Italy as favourites, but also in the

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back of their mind knowing they've not won in Italy since 2011.

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It's going to be France just short of the line but with numbers to the

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right. Still have a massive overlap to the right-hand side.

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Good work to give them some forward momentum. They hold onto the ball.

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Unsuccessful with her first conversion. Successful with her

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first penalty. Italy has been ordered off the ball. A very good

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pass. Out to the wing, scrambled defence. By Italy. But France poised

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to score their second try. And it's shot again, says the referee. The

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drive. The try has been awarded. France counter. A long pass. Here

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they come. She's going to go all the way on her own. She then feeds it

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over and France are over for their third try. Good pick-up. France are

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pressing, closing in on that try line, and it's a hat-trick of tries.

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They have to go digging for it and France has the penalty. France's

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lead grows. Italy not yet on the scoreboard. A try would go down so

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well here. Huge drive by the Italian forwards. Has to be! It is! And the

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applause. Ooh, there's a knock-on. Was it deliberate? No, it wasn't.

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And the women of France have beaten Italy. 28-5.

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Wins for England and Ireland mean it is still those two teams who occupy

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the top spots with their records perfectly intact. The next match,

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Scotland versus Italy and France versus Wales on St Patrick's Day.

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What will England's we can look like in the build-up to this? I think

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they are still in for a tough week because anything short of a grand

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slam means they will have to re-evaluate the game, what went

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well, but also the things they have to work on. They can't just go, that

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was a great win, and then move on, they must adapt and take it to the

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Irish. I'm going to ask your question to which I'm not sure

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there's an answer! How does any team beat this English side? With

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difficulty! That's the honest answer. Because they are so powerful

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and they have everything coming through the forwards, the pace,

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power out wide, so the only thing you can do is make sure you have

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your defence structure and your shape, and you just have to shut

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them down. You've got to starve them of space to play in, and if Ireland

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can do that from a defensive structure, they are in the game. We

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saw what England did to Wales on a forgery surface. Will they see it as

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a strength? Absolutely. With the pace and power they have, they will

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do well on that pitch, England, definitely.

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Thank you so much for your input. We are in for an enthralling match next

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week. It's hard to believe we are already coming up to the last round

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of the women's Six Nations. We will have a full round-up view on BB 's

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-- on the BBC on Sunday night, repeated on Monday, and it's on

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iPlayer. A big night for Jose Mourinho on Monday as he takes

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Manchester United to meet his former team, Chelsea. The quarterfinal of

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the FA Cup, live on BBC One from 7:30pm.

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That's it from us and all eyes are on Donnybrook, as England's red

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roses had across the sea to take on Ireland in a championship showdown.

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Lee McKenzie presents highlights from the penultimate week of the Women's Six Nations. Impressive England are still on course for the Grand Slam, but they take on a rejuvenated Scotland side who claimed their first win in seven years against Wales. Ireland are also unbeaten and they travel to Cardiff, keen to set up a St Patrick's Day showdown with England for the title.

Analysis and reaction from World Cup winner Kat Merchant and Scotland international Donna Kennedy.