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Today all roads lead to Cardiff for a double bill of Wales against
England and act one begins here. After beating Italy the women have
won five games on the bounce. But now they face their biggest
challenge in the world champions England, fresh from beating France
at Twickenham. There were a few daffodils and a
little bit of snow to welcome the teams this morning. Whatever the
weather it is sure to be a fiery contest for these two, the closest
of neighbours, and rivals. Good morning. It is early but great
to have your company at the start of what is a very busy day of rugby
here in the Welsh capital. Good morning. Yes it is cold but the
atmosphere is warming up nicely here. Some singing behind us. Both
sides by the end of the championship hoping to get their hands on this. I
am happy to say that for the first few hours of action today I am
joined by a member of England's 2014 World Cup winning squad and a former
Wales international. Welcome both. Let's start with you, five from five
under the new coach. Where have you seen Wales development since he took
over? Yes, he has certainly brought a lot of energy to the Welsh camp.
Last week we saw a great all-round team performance by Wales, beating
Italy. They scored some great tries, they've got faith in their defensive
structures. That will give them great confidence to meet England
head-on. I am sure you have something to say about that. You
were part of the World Cup-winning squad three years ago. How do you
see this side differently or the same to three years ago? I think it
is one of the first times we are starting to see some of those World
Cup players back in. A lot of the girls have been off with the
Olympics and Sevens so I am excited to see how they'll build as a team
with those key players back in. Let's see how last week's results
affect the table. Ireland are top after a bonus point
win against Scotland. We will talk about the teams in a
few minutes. First, let's head to camp to see how Wales have been
preparing for this week. Saturday is a huge game, just like
the men really. In this case England are world champions. It's a massive
challenge for us and it's going to be a huge step up from the teams we
have already played. We know the challenge is going to be
huge. We worked on fitness and conditioning and waeths side of
things. Against Italy plenty of running in our legs in the last 20
minutes. We couldn't ask for a better start. Obviously there is
still a lot to work on going forward but five wins from five and
hopefully we will keep progressing. We will be really focussed and ready
for it and they'll play their best and that's all you can do. There is
a great buzz about the team and that shows as Roland has told us, winners
are singers, as long as we keep winning we can keep singing. We will
find out if he can sing in a few hours' time. Let's talk about the
teams. Some crucial players. The back row for Wales. No
Powell-Hughes, a bit of a blow but plenty of experience with former
captain Rachel Taylor. Of course. An all Scarlets back row. They know
each other very well. They play together a lot in regional games. We
have Rachel Taylor, she's going to be crucial for Wales today. She is a
workhorse and will make life really hard for England today. She will be
hitting those rucks and securing possession for Wales and spoiling
the English ball. Look out for her today. Look out indeed. Let's look
out for one of the English players. Emily Scarratt, player of the match
last week. GB's Sevens captain. She's such an influence but her
kicking is vital for England. She's fundamental to how the team
performs, not just for her calmness with kicking but the lines she runs,
always takes two players to tackle her. She's going to and big part of
the team today. Also Daniel Waterman, try scorer coming back
from the Olympics, fantastic player. Plenty to look out for. We are
literally minutes away from kick-off. Let's see how the teams
are feeling and go down to the pitchside reporter.
They're ready to come out. I can confirm it seems to be getting
colder by the second here. No roof to close here at the Cardiff Arms
Park. I had a chat with Wales head coach before the game. He accepts
his team may be going into this contest as underdogs but insists
that they are full of confidence after that opening win against
Italy. I can confirm it is getting cold here at the Cardiff Arms Park.
A few seconds, match predictions, who will take this one? England will
take it. But within a try. I don't expect to you say anything else!
What about you? I am backing the Welsh girls all the way. It's going
to be close. Don't think there will be many tries but a win for the
Welsh women. Right. A split decision there.
As I said, seconds only away from the teams coming out. Let's join our
commentary team this morning. Welcome then to Cardiff Arms Park. A
chilly Saturday morning. An enthusiastic crowd in the main
stands here as the teams emerge. This is the second round of the Six
Nations. Both teams having notched up four points on the opening
weekend. Lining up for the anthems. The silence in memory of a former
South African captain, scrum-half, 89 cap, ten as captain, three World
Cups he played in and five years of fundraising in the battle against
motor neurone. Roland Phillips, the Wales coach. The public address
system is explaining the reason for the silence.
He was a visitor here a couple of years ago as he continued his
fundraising efforts. He passed away on Monday 6th
February, please join us now as we reflect in silence and show our
respects to a true legend of our great game.
Please now stand for the January themes. Starting with the English
national anthems. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
And now our anthem, the national anthem for Wales.
So the anthems belted out by the teams and choir.
Wales showing one change from their win in Italy, it's in the back row.
Shona Powell-Hughes is injured. Sioned Harries and Lisa Butchers
comes in at number six. The back line unchanged. Howell was player of
the match last week -- Dyddgu Hywel. As for the England side, unchanged
from the win over France. Tamara Taylor, and Rocky Clarrk.
Five of the back line played in the Olympics.
The referee is from France. Alongside me Shaun Holy. England
sure to start favourites but Wales going well. Morning everyone.
Fantastic occasion. A big crowd here. Yes, they will be favourites,
England, but a fired up Wales team for this one and Rowland fill
independents with his daughter -- Phillips, along with his daughter,
the captain, have got them ready. Further possession for England.
They look to float wide. Almost up to halfway.
Four Lichfield players. Six from Bristol. Over halfway.
Hunt away to McLean. Getting the back line moving. Wales are up
quickly midfield making tackles. Scarratt feeding Thompson on the
outside. It's been nudged forward. You can already see the intent of
the England team, using the full width of this Cardiff Arms Park. A
lovely surface here, obviously artificial but both have touched the
ball in these early passages. You see the winger here, Thompson, a
little bit too flat on Scarratt but a good start from England.
So it is a hold-up for an injury on the far side.
The referee looking over to see what's going on. It looks like the
English number 11, Amy Wilson-Hardy has had an early knock and will
require treatment on that leg. A big first hit on the young Bristol
winger, scored a great try last week in the opening game against France.
In my time at Bristol I managed to coach a couple of sessions and here
you see she is a dangerous player. A good first hit from, I think it's
Snowsill. Simon Middleton, England head coach. Snowsill doing the goal
kicking for Wales. Wilson-Hardy is ready to rejoin the fray,
thankfully. A bit of a dead leg, like George North last week. The
first scrum. She as got the upper hand in this department. England
with that waeth advantage upfront and looking to pay it pay. The pass
is intercepted. Trying to repair the damage but it is turned over
possession for England. A good sign for the visitors.
Millar-Mills taking it into contact. England looking to create space in
midfield. They could have an overlap here. Waterman has Wilson-Hardy
outside her. The winger going to the corner. Wilson-Hardy is in
stretches... And has scored the first try. The third minute, just
after treatment for injury. Amy Wilson-Hardy given room on the
outside. Wales 0, England 5. England showed their intent from the start,
putting width on this game and the back row is going to be a
contentious area. She is a wrecking ball, Marlie Packer. Fantastic pass
from McLean. It gets Waterman into the game. She's dangerous and
experienced. You have to watch out for Wilson-Hardy. A lovely step on
this clean surface. A great finish. No qualms but to give that one.
Speed being shown by Wilson-Hardy, despite her knee injury a couple of
moments earlier. The George North of England women, the Wales winger in
Rome last weekend recovering from injury to run 70 metres to score.
England have a wealth of kicking options.
That's close from the touchline but no cigar. England lead by five
points. Wales hardly having had their hands on the ball. Early
lessons for Wales. They're narrow in defensive line at the moment. You
can't give this England back three with the experience it has that much
room. Vastly experienced England side, though. Beaten on their last
visit to Wales. That's a frustrating error for Packer from the restart.
It's a let-off for Wales. Not the greatest of kicks. Took her eye off
the ball. You can see in her eyes she's disappointed with that. Wales
won 13-0 at St Helens Swansea two seasons ago. England had their
revenge last year. Let's see if this back row of Wales can control the
ball. They lost Powell-Hughes before this game. A big player for Wales.
All the Scarlets back row in there. This is a good position to attack
from. It's never been the biggest of Welsh
back fives. A lot of the pack have interchanged
position. Rachel Taylor playing open side, played at lock.
Nice scissors move bringing in Kerin Lake.
Rachel Taylor doing the carrying. Into the 22 for the first time,
Wales. Good carries from the Welsh
forwards. Good response from the Welsh women. They're looking to put
width on it themselves. Out to Taviner. Not quite the support she
wanted there on the outside. But does well to retain possession. She
got isolated but good intent from Wales. They're in good shape. Away
to midfield. Phillips and Snowsill, finds Evans on the charge.
England defence up well. Bevan has it. Away to Butchers.
A newcomer in this starting side. The chip didn't go to plan on that
occasion. Waterman. Aggressively out of defence. Showed her intent there.
Inventive stuff from the away team. Rugby running in the family. Her
father, Jim, was a Bath stalwart for many years. Good pace from Scarratt
on the outside. Wilson-Hardy again. Back independent side towards... Oh
the interchange was going so well. What could have been the scoring
pass floating into touch. A flowing move again from England.
Give them some credit. Water man was involved twice in that
counterattack. Great pace on the outside. I like Emily Scarratt. She
is a real footballing talent. Into the hands of Wilson-Hardy again. Did
Evans get a crucial hand in there? Just to stop the play at the crucial
moment? England looking extremely threatening, you have to say. It
looks as though the Welsh winger did get a fingertip to it because it is
an England scrum, rather than a Wales lineout.
Hunt to put in. Not entirely stable but they rarely
are on this surface. England bringing Wilson-Hardy in from the
wing. Deep into the Wales 22.
A big cover tackle from Taylor there. It was needed. Space is on
the outside of this Welsh defence. Advantage over calls the referee.
But there could be something on for England still.
Cokayne bursting through to score. They played the advantage of the
penalty. They didn't need it. Off they went. It's wave after wave of
attack from the England women's team. The strings are being pulled
by McLean. Tackling from the front row of the Welsh team. She didn't
need a second invitation, Cokayne, showing great power. They look
organised and have power and pace and they're combining well at the
moment. I don't think Rowland Phillips will
be too happy with some of the tackling on that occasion. Should
have been stopped probably a couple of times. The glum look on the face
of the Wales coach who has seen his side win four friendlies and the
opening Six Nations game. But they'll really need to show their
character here. Yeah, a different proposition this
England team. Emily Scarratt impressed with her kicking
technique. Scarratt finds the target. England
lead by 12-0 inside ten minutes. Wales left chasing shadows so far.
No more than the England women deserve. They've shown enterprise
and moving into the wider channels. Plus using their ball carriers to
shorten up the Wales defence. The head coach there has his work cut
out. Snowsill with the restart.
Low into the hands of Keates. Packer involved, as well there.
England looking to pump it back into the weigh shall half.
Hywel going away. -- Welsh. Not much room to work with
so belt it is back down field. She has a decent kicking game, Hywel.
She has a lovely left foot. A bit of a kicking battle going on here.
Snowsill forced to retreat. Waterman upon her. Bevan puts boot to ball.
There was a temporary relief. Scarratt setting up the ruck. All
sorts of pressure on Wales at the moment. Hunt going blindside.
Millar-Mills is in the action. They're queuing up to score. It is
scrum-half Natasha Hunt who goes over for England's third try after
just 11 minutes. 17-0 the visitors lead and Wales don't know what's hit
them. The coaching team need to get messages down there. There is too
much space on the outside. Amy Wilson-Hardy, only four caps, but
she's showing real skill and the support play of England is
absolutely fantastic. Too many Welsh players are confined with their eyes
on the ruck, they need to open up and get width, because the pace on
the outside is killing them. Natasha Hunt getting her 6th try for
England. Scarratt up to 329 international
points. We know that as Scarratt easily
slots that one over that England are a full-time outfit. They look it at
the moment. They're organised. Wales don't have that luxury with all
their players, but if they can pick their heads up they can get more
width. Lovely offload from Millar-Mills. Like all good
scrum-halves, Natasha Hunt on the inside. She was a PE teacher. I am
sure her pupils will be happy seeing that this morning.
Millar-Mills and Wilson-Hardy in the action there.
19-0 the visitors lead. Wales conceding a string of
penalties, as well. The restarts are not helping them either. Snowsill is
putting the ball on Packer. Whether that's a ploy to get her and ruffle
her because she is a big player for this England team, but it's not
working. The kicks are too deep. Indiscretion there at the ruck means
England are on the front foot again. Snowsill plays for Newport Gwent
Dragons and Bristol. A bit of cross-bridge representation going
on. A region and a club, the weigh shall players. The region play half
a dozen match as year or so. But England looking completely dominant.
Thompson in off the near side wing. Looking for work down the centre.
Hunt was it away. So much experience in this line-up
for the visitors today. Wales at last have a little relief
with a penalty in the contact area. Rocky has more caps than Jason
Lennon. A welcome relief for Wales there. Holding on at the ruck. They
need to consolidate. Phillips, the captain, needs to have a quick word
with them. Wales losing some composure and
allowing England another chance to run it back.
Having a good game, Cokayne, combative and quick. Hunt looks for
space and Water man with a good chase. Down goes Wilkins to save on
her own 22. There is a penalty advantage here for offside. I think
Wales will need that advantage to come back.
It goes to show on this surface here at the Cardiff Arms Park, the ball
sometimes just sits up invitingly and it was great vision from Natasha
Hunt to see the space behind Wales' right-wing. A danger for Wales at
the moment. Snowsill feeds to find a solid touch that she does on this
occasion. Yes, Wales played a couple of friendlies on this ground in
November when they beat Scotland and the Armed Forces.
A Welsh throw-in for the captain, Carys Phillips, one of the try
scorers in the AC when Wales were matched for possession and territory
but took their chances better. Will be lucky to create chances today as
Butcher tries to flick it on to Snowsill but she will need help from
the weight of the forwards. They did well to get to her, she was in
trouble. They're short of numbers now, Wales. Wales looking to carry
through Harries. Away for Wilkins. A long pass out, but Wales couldn't
work the overlap. Back to Rebecca Rowe, a former
rower. That's well collected by Waterman.
Over halfway. Brought down by Lake. They've got to
be in control of their kicks. Snowsill kicks and looks for that
corner. They need to be in control of the kicking game because this
England back three are so fast. The attempted kick charged down by
Wilkins. Does well to turn over possession. Snowsill to Evans. Did
not quite go forward, luckily for the prop. Chance missed. Great
opportunity. England are organised again. Snowsill, the chip through,
but the ball beating both Evans and Wilson-Hardy and bouncing into
touch. Wales have in the last five minutes got a toehold in the game
but England completely dominant. An example of what I talked about,
being more controlled in the kicking game. Good chase. Not quite the kick
Snowsill wanted but at least they are building pressure. You need to
stem the tide, find any weaknesses, where to put pressure on England,
and do not concede again this half. Izzy Noel-Smith took a bit of a
knock in the face and she is off for assessment. Sarah Hunter, the
captain, talking to the players. 86 caps. She lives and breathes rugby,
lives in the Bristol area, development officer. Great pedigree,
like myself! The England replacement, Poppy, on
the blindside. Snowsill wide to Wilkins. Long passes from the Welsh
backline. Hywel on the outside tries to get around Thompson. Good
support. Not enough maybe. England get the penalty. Lovely long passes,
it has to be said, from the Welsh backline. Inside left footsteps from
Dyddgu Hywel, she got isolated. Little bit late, second to it. That
is enough for England to win the ball. Second best at the moment,
Wales, to everything. Into this line-out, Cokayne. She
went to school in New Zealand. Came back to play in England.
Millar-Mills on the charge. She has looked useful ball in hand. Into the
22. Another half chance for Wilson-Hardy as she tries to stow
away from the touchline. Evans, experienced winger-macro, makes her
tackle. Evans is then penalised. The last thing you want. Under pressure
in your own 22, on the touchline, it means you have a full defensive line
potential across the field, in from the side, once again, it looks
ominous. Evans, one of the North Whaley and is in the Welsh side,
born in Aberystwyth. Please club rugby for Carmarthen -- plays. The
England coaches will have plenty to smile about. Only just going into
the second quarter. They will not get it like that! Completely
overthrown. Bevan under pressure both from the replacement, Cleall.
Good carry from the English back row. Alisha Butchers making the most
of her starting call-up. Great relieving carry. Mishap from England
at the line-up and an opportunity to get it away. Collision. Evans came
off second best after colliding with Amy Wilson-Hardy. Both players going
for the ball. A lot of keeps on the carry. The referee is bringing them
back for the England scrum. They have shown their professional
pedigree in the opening quarter, England. They are a full-time
outfit. Strategically, they have been excellent. They have to go to
execute the coach's plan and they have done it. Moving it into the
wide channels where they see the weakness. They have shown great
skill. Lovely surface here. You have to credit the coaching staff and the
players for implementing it. Yes, they have the experience, but you
have to do it on the big occasion and at the moment, they are
superior. Certainly enjoying the artificial surface, Cleall has moved
up into the second row with Millar-Mills. Mont off in from the
left. Hunt and Katy McLean. It is too easy. All too easy for England.
They have their bonus point try after just 22 minutes at the arms
Park. Lydia Thompson wins her one-on-one and gets the try for
England. Almost perfect from a script I just mentioned about the
England performance. The wide channel. Katy McLean is pulling the
strings. Emily Scarratt is a fine player. In on the right foot, out on
the left foot and fantastic finish, one on one. The ball is in two
hands. Keeping Dyddgu Hywel guessing. In the end, a missed
tackle one-on-one. That sums up the 22 minutes we have played so far.
England to superior, getting it to the place, excellent finishing. --
too superior, getting the pace. She has landed two conversion so far,
Scarratt. That is an angled kick but she has nailed it as well and no
terrors for Emily Scarratt with the wide kicks. England lead 26- 0-G,
scoring better than a point a minute. It is really ominous --
26-0. They have their work cut out. 20 minutes away from half-time. The
England team are opened. When you have a team in this mood, you are
really on the back foot. What can Carys Phillips say to the team to
get them back in the game? Kicks like that are not helping. England
picking up where they left off last week at Twickenham, came from being
down at half-time against France to win. Another chance for Thompson.
Thomas getting back to make the tackle on Natasha Hunt. Billed as a
plinth as well. Loosehead, high tackle, referee has picked it up. --
ill discipline. I am not sure the England will need the penalty.
Packer brought down by Wilkins. That was called high as well. She is in
danger. Under the new regulations, not a new law, old regulation, let
us listen... First high tackle, OK, not really dangerous, but second one
there, I let you three seconds... Fair play to the referee, giving the
benefit of the doubt. Even if it is an accident, if it is reckless,
yellow card. That is the last thing Wales want at the moment. Not a new
law as such, a new interpretation that came into effect on the 3rd of
January. As Hunt drilled it into the corner, Wilkins allowed to stay on
the pitch. I do not think there was anything malicious in it, but intent
does not matter these days. I am pretty sure, as we see the replay
here, I am pretty sure what Rowland Phillips will be saying is, low
tackles, get Rachel Taylor over the ball. The rest of us, get width into
the defensive line. Tamara Taylor wins ahead of Rachel Taylor. The
most experienced players on the park, both into their 30s. Rachel
Taylor does a lot of line-out work for Wales. Tamara Taylor wins the
ball. England looking for a fifth try. It is relentless from the
visitors. Waterman gets through, looking to feed Thompson on the
outside. Hunt is in, flinging it up to a Thompson. It is a fifth try as
Katy McLean loops around the outside and England just keep on scoring, 26
minutes gone, five tries to do visitors. Katy McLean on the end of
that. It is becoming a little embarrassing now because the England
women are toying with the Welsh team. Falling off, committing too
many. One-on-one at the end again. The wrong angle. On the inside,
force them into touch will stop they are too smart. They know where to
go, they know where the space is and the mismatches and they are
executing Simon Middleton's plan to perfection. England will want to
roll up the pitch and take it back down and forward them. It is
certainly suiting them. The Welsh girls will be looking at the clock
for half-time and England will not want half-time to come, they are
enjoying themselves, big day for all, they are showing their skills.
I would not be surprised if Emily Scarratt knocks this over either.
Virtually the same place as her last kick. It has not got the accuracy
this time. 31-0 in 27 minutes is the England advantage and although
England were huge favourites going into this game, they certainly did
not expect such a one-sided encounter.
I am joined by the Wales assistant coach. It is relentless, tough
against the English professionals. Yeah, it is. To be fair, they
started like a house on fire. Worst start possible. Playing at a tempo
that our defence have not got to grips with. It looks like a lot of
space out wide, we're not working hard enough. After the fourth try,
what did you say to the girls? Just trying to like a bit of fire. Our
defensive line is not hitting them as we would like. We are not, as I
mentioned, working hard. Eating it very difficult for us. Thank you.
-- making it very difficult for us. Line-out on the England 22, on the
Wales 22, rather. Phillips with the throw. Towards the back for Rachel
Taylor. Picked off by England. Turnover possession. Amy Evans. Back
in fields. And England putting it wide again. Wilson Hardie was not
quite with the same precision -- the past ten Wilson-Hardy was not with
the same precision. The defensive line is the issue. If you come apart
on the outside, you have all got to come up hard and fast together and
cut off the pass. It forced an error but there is nearly ten metres space
there for people like Lydia Thompson on the right and Amy Wilson-Hardy on
the left and they are exploiting it. England seem to have one or two free
on the outside with virtually every back move. Let us see if Wales can
put something together. Rachel Taylor wins. Away for Clay to carry.
Harries, rather, setting it up. Rebecca Rowe. The Welsh forwards
getting a bit of ball in hand for once. Hywel looks for the long kick
but it rolls nicely for Waterman. Over half way. Brought down by
Taylor and Phillips. And the fly-half Katy McLean holding up the
path in midfield, looking for the angles -- pass. Katy McLean has got
players over again. Emily Scarratt. Options inside as well. Hunt and
Katy McLean combining again. Excellent tackle from Taviner.
Fantastic player, shifting Wales around, down the short side, inside
support, and on the attack again. Hunt Turner Reed this time. Five
tries to England inside the first half an hour. Wide to Amy Cokayne.
Handling error costs England a potential sixth try. She
overcomplicated it. No need to shift it to one hand, just needed to draw
in Kerin Lake. No need for that. Just draw in Kerin Lake and Dyddgu
Hywel. Another try bond. More points out there for the England women's
team. A few knocks taken out. Indeed. Both sets of medical staff
on. 31 points after 31 minutes. There is Rowland Phillips, the Wales
head coach, former Wales back rower and Wales assistant coach. Rowland
Phillips coached with me at the Ospreys, charged with defence for a
year or two, did a great job. He will be drawing on that experience
at half-time. Simon Middleton, leading England to second place last
year of course in the Six Nations, picked by France on the final
weekend. But certainly you would have thought they would be big
favourites after this display today. Izzy Noel-Smith returns to the
action. Middleton has a lot more resources at his disposal, that is
for sure. A lot more players. They have the resources in the backroom
staff. But having said that, they are executing it and Wales look very
ragged at the moment. Bevan into the defensive scrum for
Wales. Harries with pick-up duties did well to get outside. Made a bit
of headway. Wales with a bit of carrying to do. The power of Rebecca
Rowe. Plays for the Dragons. Eventually the clearance kick from
Hywel. Under pressure, does not find touch. Wales captain Carys Phillips
is bound injured. England will attack where she would normally be
at the end of the line. But it comes for Waterman and Millar-Mills to
link. Clark and Hunter. Butchers got to it first at least. England
knock-on. It is so slow. They need to shift it away quicker and put the
England defence under pressure. Rocky Clark's offside, comeback.
Snowsill looks to put it down the touchline. With her right foot. It
has taken a long time for Carys Phillips to recover from this knock.
Her father Rowland looking anxious. Carys Phillips is needed. Where is
the hooker? There she is, down the touchline, jogging rather gingerly.
I am not sure what happened, but she looks a bit groggy. Big throw in
here. Wales trying to get something on the board before half-time. Carys
Phillips captained last season in the match against Scotland when
Rachel Taylor was out injured. This may be heading for Taylor
eventually. Not sure whether that was what was planned. It got to her.
Snowsill to Harries. Poor flow. Handing over possession tamely.
England with another chance to attack in broken play. Katy McLean
opting for the boot on that occasion. Rachel Taylor covering
back. The ball ran away from her, as it does so often on the artificial
surface. A long role. Wales are pinned back once more. A marked
difference between Snowsill for Wales and Rachel Taylor for England.
Rachel Taylor has a lot of work today. Taviner is not there. The
lady at ten is pulling the strings, all of the pressure is on Wales. The
freezing breeze. It is really cold today in Cardiff. There will be a
few supporters next door cursing the decision of Eddie Jones not to close
the principality stadium roof for the men's match. Harries held off
the ground by the work of Tamara Taylor, eventually manages to get to
deck. Who will get the put-in? Not quite. I would feel a bit aggrieved
if I was Rowland Phillips. I thought Rachel Taylor. The. But you have got
to get on with it. If you are held like that, you have to get
supporting players to get your need to ground so it is no longer a maul.
-- in the. I such she was impeded before she went to ground by Tamara
Taylor. Butchers, one of several teenagers in the Wales side, along
with scrum-half Bevan who picks it up, Wales giving away the penalty.
Amy Evans of the Ospreys is penalised. The confidence in the
England women now, you can see it. Going for gold here. 31 points up
and they are going for the jugular. -- goal. They want to get another
score before half-time and really enjoy that cup of tea or orange,
what ever they have. It will meet to be something hot, I think. Gone are
the days when you have a cup of tea at half-time! It might be reinstated
today. Interesting to hear them asking how long until half-time.
More than three minutes according to our clock, but they do not have that
available on the ground so they have to check with the referee. England
looking to drive their way over for try number six. They are up the
line, they are over. They have gone down. England extend their lead to
36 points as the captain Sarah Hunter comes up with the ball. It is
fitting the captain gets over there, she made the decision to go for the
corner and she steered the England women's ship in the first half in
pretty much a faultless performance. They went to the front and you can
see that blockers in front, they get organised and it is all about
composure, staying tight together and communicating as to when you are
at the line. She gets the call and it is too much for Thomas on her own
to stop. A lot of head scratching going on under the sticks from Carys
Phillips and her dad, Rowland Phillips. A big talk at half-time.
It is. Professionals against part-timers. It looks that way at
the moment. Emily Scarratt finds the mark once more. Four out of six for
her. She is kicking well. 38 points after 30 minutes. She slotted that
with ease, lovely technique, relaxed, followed through, shoulders
square, head still, it sailed through the middle. Emily Scarratt
kicked 16 points in the comeback against France. She has her eye in
from the kicking team. Packer finds Katy McLean to pump it long. See how
the ball rolls given half a chance. Harries, traditional number eight
duties, charging ahead, brought down by Emily Scarratt. Bevan the waiter
Rebecca Rowe. -- away to Rebecca Rowe. Advantage to Wales being
played. Second offside for her. They are going as fast as they can,
maybe. She is 35 now, maybe trying to sneak in an extra yard. The
traditional props tactic, head for where they think the next set piece
will be. The shining light for Wales, if there is one, the back
row, the workrate of Taylor, Butchers who has come in today, she
has played well, Harries has tried to carry hard, but it is too little,
there is too much power and organisation in the England team. If
there is a breeze at the second half, for Wales, they will have to
use it, get down the field, take the sting out of the game. The trial
started in the third minute from Amy Wilson-Hardy. -- the tries. Amy
Cokayne crossed after eight. Natasha Hunt, Lydia Thompson, Katy McLean
and Sarah Hunter, the four of them converted by race Garrett, as Wales
make a mess of that, but England's handling is poor -- converted by
Emily Scarratt. Feisty player, Packer, at seven for England. As is
Katy McLean. She has pulled the strings in the first half. There is
the last action of the first half here at Cardiff Arms Park,
completely dominated by the visitors, England. They have run in
six tries, added four conversions and the half-time score, Wales Aero-
38 England. -- 0- 38. There will be harsh words at half-time? No doubt.
We are not happy with our physicality, we have not met the
energy and enthusiasm and speed we wanted to combat the big backs. Very
frustrating. We will definitely let them know about that at half-time.
Thank you. England have been rampant in that first half. 38 unanswered
points. It all started after three minutes in the Wilson with the first
try. They did not stop coming. Natasha Hunt with the third for
England. The Wales girls tried to get themselves back into the game
but so much pressure from the Englishwomen. Katy McLean with a
fifth try. Sarah Hunter, the captain, added a sixth. It has been
a very one-sided affair. Let us just say that. I bet you are happy with
that performance, Kat. First of all, the scrum, so dominant from England.
England started off as they went to go on. They dominated, turned the
scrum over and use the possession to get a try. What is interesting with
England is the tempo is not massively quick but they are so
clinical. The Welsh have rushed up, a tiny bit too tight, which means
they have a three player overlap and it is good execution, nice little
hold and go from Amy Wilson-Hardy and a good finish for that try. She
has had a good game. She has been everywhere, not just owing on the
wing. It is 1-2, 1-2, almost like touch. Great team try with support.
This was nice to see Lydia Thompson, slightly too tight, Wales, having to
over chase. Hywel's hips have turned. They have so much space. We
will talk about that. Wales have been trying different things during
the game, trying a few chips, but it is not working, this afternoon, is
it? They really need to adjust quickly to the high tempo game from
England. We see a little chip by Robyn Wilkins, trying to get behind
the English defence, but it is too far ahead, not a proper chase and
the backstreet are getting their hands on the ball far too easily. It
is the last ring we want to do. -- the back three. Here we can see the
narrow Welsh defence, the gaps are not organised, too much bunching
around the rock leaving us exploited on the wide fringes -- ruck. England
on the counterattack once again. How happy will England be? They did not
start well against France last week customer they came back into it and
they seem to have picked up here exactly where they left off in
France. It is much improved. England are deeper which means they can get
the ball out wide to the danger players. They have stayed clinical
even though the tempo is so high and there have only been a few handling
errors are considering how much possession they have had, that has
been key in keeping it. I could hear the girls shouting instructions at
each other, the Welsh girls. What will Rowland Phillips be telling
them in the changing room? I imagine it will not be pretty. They need to
stay calm, stick to their processes, they need to organise quicker the
defensive line. To give Dyddgu Hywel, she has been faced with new
ones far too often, they need to make sure they have got the spaces
right around the ruck area, have a better chance to defend against that
attack. We will talk more in a few minutes. Let us bring you up to date
with what has been happening over the weekend. It has already been a
very busy weekend of rugby. There was disappointment for the
under-20s last night. Despite Wales going 13-0 up at half-time the
visitors fought back. There was a heavy defeat for the
Drag bes at Munster, as well. Better news for the Scarlets away at
Glasgow. Despite the home side taking an early lead they destroyed
Glasgow in the breakdown. Despite a slow start and being behind at--time
Ospreys got a bonus point win in Italy. Thanks partly to a Dan Evans
hat trick. The blues take on Connacht tomorrow.
As I have been saying all morning it is a very busy weekend and a day of
rugby here. It is the opening and first act here at the Cardiff Arms
Park. Next door that's where this afternoon the next big battle
between Wales and England will commence.
It is the biggest game of the Six Nations, Wales against England. Get
ready for a battle Royale at the Prince pality Stabbed judge--.
-- Principality Stadium. We are all in it together. There will be no
lack of pride or effort. We thank everyone for their support and
hopefully they can see we are doing our best. Coverage starts on BBC One
Wales. It's very quiet in the Principality
Stadium at the moment but I can imagine the streets of Cardiff are
filling up as are the bars, and the atmosphere building as it always
does on a match day. They're just getting the finishing touches down
at the moment. That kick-off will be at 4. 50pm. Looking forward to that
as Harold Shipman sure you are. I hope you are staying for the big
match. We ing -- looking forward to that as I am sure you are.
How important is George north? When he is on form he is a powerhouse and
scored great tries for Wales in the past. He scored a great try last
week. I am hoping he is in that starting 15. What about England,
they have some problems or have had some problems in that back row. They
didn't get off to the best of starts last week. Yeah, I like that Eddie
Jones has stuck with the back row. You can't be expected to be
world-class in your first game in an England shirt. I think they'll work
well together. Hopefully we will see from my point of view that England
win. Eddie Jones, he has been very honest, he has taken much of the
responsibility. We will see what happens. There's been a few mind
games from both coaches during the week. Let's concentrate on this game
again. Let's go pitchside. Yes, the head of performance with
the WIU. Let's concentrate on the performance this morning. Can you
take positives from the first half? I suppose it is difficult when you
say it like that. I think the positives we have to look at is
matching ourselves against the world's best team. At the moment we
are second best at the moment. They're running well, passing well
and taking chances exceptionally well and perhaps that's why thae are
the world champions. It is a lesson for us, we have a good run until
now, it perhaps shows where we are and areas we need to improve on. I
am sure Rowland is having a good chat now with the girls in the
changing room and hopefully second half we can get points on the board
which is important. And shore up the defence. England have dominated in
every territory. Yeah, they've been able to get across that line and get
past the first tackle which has caused other people to go to the
breakdown. By squeezing the defence in it's caused a space out wide. You
have to take your hat off to them with the skills to move the ball out
wide to wings who finished exceptionally well, pretty classy.
Moving next door later this afternoon, hoping for a different
scoreline. What are you expecting at the Principality Stadium? I am
looking forward to it. There has within hype during the week. It will
be down to little margins, who will take chances and finish and
hopefully it will be us this afternoon. Thank you very much.
Trying to be positive there about this afternoon's game. Finding it
difficult to find any positives about today's game with the women.
Are there any positives that you can take from that first half for Wales?
Certainly last weekend Wales came back out second half stronger than
they started against Italy. They've done it before beating Ireland in
their warm-up game so win that game so I am sure Rowland Phillips will
be having stern words in that changing room right now. They're not
meeting his expectations at the moment. Hopefully they'll come back
and start off with intensity and tempo. I am sure they will. England,
the message will be more of the same, please. More of the same.
They'll be bringing the subs on early, getting them game time. A few
of them only got a couple of minutes against France. Now it's an
opportunity to give them an opportunity. England play in a
professional era, these women, they haven't worked since January. Is
that what we are seeing, the difference between the two sides,
professionalism and amateurism in a way? Yeah it's going to make a huge
difference, when you have to worry about training before work all day
and training afterwards, obviously you are going to be tired. The
continuity as a squad training together, it can only go one way.
They're only going to get better. Oim wondering have you any
expectations that Wales can get back into this game or is it done and
dusted and are they just playing for pride at the moment? Well, yes,
England have already got the bonus points. Wales will be looking now to
stay on in the game, go through processes, it's all about
improvement now Anfielding and working on the work-ones. Yeah, so,
looking forward. We will wait and see what happens during this second
half. The teams are coming out on to the pitch, as you can tell. There
are the Wales women. I am sure Rowland Phillips has had a stern
word. Let's see if they can improve their performance in the second
half. Let's rejoin our commentary team.
One-sided first-half here at Cardiff Arms Park. One for the England
supporters to enjoy. The visitors in dark blue running in six tries,
converting four of them. Wales failing to mount any really
concerted pressure of their own. England have the bonus point in the
bag. They can enjoy themselves. Simon Middleton can empty his bench.
Wales have to play for pride. Well, they've got to start again. Forget
about the scoreboard, that sounds silly but they've really got to
start their own game plan again. Get themselves into this half. Otherwise
you are right, it's going to be an annihalation. One side in the first
half, it can't happen in the second. The Welsh back row has been valiant.
Bevan back to Hywel. England given a chance to run it
back through Waterman. Wales looking to hold her up off the ground but
she's managed to lay it back somehow for Natasha Hunt. Yeah, potentially
a late hit there on Hywel for the kick. Didn't make touch, that's been
their problem, they're giving possession back to England. Waterman
in the action. Brought down by Lake.
Millar-Mills on the charge coming down the middle. Wales looking to
disrupt through Rowe. Quickly taken. Darting to the Wales 22. England
starting the second half as impressively as they ended the
first. Two scrum-half passes from Clack
there. Millar-Mills thought she was clear
Father a moment. Hywel managed to get some contact. The chance is
still on. Thompson goes to the corner. A
second for Thompson. A 7th for England. 43-0.
Well, the referee is going to have another look at this. Maybe some
crossing. The referee of France. The TMO is from Belfast.
Yes, any reason not to award the try, please?
Blue last action. Well, she didn't actually ask for anything in
particular to be reviewed. Yeah, I think Reed goes behind Waterman
there. Has she interrupted any potential tackler on Reed or
Thompson? Well, not to me. Waterman has drawn the attention of the
defence. She didn't actually make contact
with anyone, I don't think. Can you hear me?
Simon. OK. For me there is no reason not to
award the try? The referee is close to the screen in the corner and
makes the call, 43-0 it is. Yeah, a fair decision. If you obstruct a
defender, you block out the line, the potential to tackle a ball
carrier, there was no such incident in that. Amber Reed was free to put
Thompson in and once again it's score on the outside.
Scarratt with the conversion. That's drifted wide. Four out of
seven for Scarratt. The referee can't hear the TMO.
And Thompson going over for her second try.
A winger's dream today for England. Wilson-Hardy and Thompson being
given plenty of room to run and that's just what you don't want, the
restart not going ten metres. The kick-offs have been poor from Wales.
Vice-president given themselves a chance. You mentioned the wingers of
England there. The England back line has been very good. Impressed with
Emily Scarratt, Daniel Waterman has counterattacked. Thompson and
Wilson-Hardy have done what they needed to do. Amber Reed has gone
about her business. That lady there, Katie McLean really pulling the
strings along with Natasha Hunt. You have half an hour to think about
your player of the match. Plenty of candidates, most of them wearing
blue. I don't think I would be too popular across the bridge if I was
to select a Welsh woman. Still a long way to go and we are looking
for something from them. Six Bristol players in the England side.
And several in the Welsh, as well. England on the march again.
McLean out to Wilson-Hardy. Up to the 22.
Wilson-Hardy got the scoreboard moving 40 minutes ago. McLean with
an advantage. Tries a little chip. Evans across to cover. Smashed down
by Harriet Millar-Mills. Rachel Taylor has been penalised in the
ruck. Second penalty for playing the scrum-half. It's a needless penalty.
You are in this danger area defending. You don't want to
compound errors by giving a stupid penalty away and McLean is happy
punching this into the 5-metre area as we saw before half-time, they
drove Wales over the line. That was the conclusion of the first half. It
made it 38-0. England with try number seven.
In a couple of weeks' time England hosting Italy at The Stoop just
across the road from Twickenham. Wales are up for a Friday night date
against Scotland then. Wales will be looking to get back on a more even
playing field as on comes Gemma Rowland.
Trying to add more stability in that Welsh centre.
Finds Millar-Mills in the lineout. Looks well rehearsed.
Wales getting defensive bodies in there. More one-way traffic to the
Welsh line. England come blindside. Brought down by Phillips and Thomas.
Someone diving off their feet to try to win the ball. Carys Phillips
penalised. England are after tries, big points. They're going to
relentlessly put pressure on this Welsh team. Thomas is one of those
who will take stick for this result. She works for Bath Rugby Club. A lot
of cross-border traffic for her. England powering towards the
half-century. Wales managed to get their hands on the ball there.
Trying to drive away from their own try-line. England have got them
pinned in at the moment. Making hard work of it. It's not the
place to be... Managed to repel the drive from England, but now under as
much pressure even though you have the ball. They're going to need big
carriers. This is where they need Harris. Bevan opts for the kick.
Doesn't get much on it. It is there for Waterman to run back. Into the
Wales 22. England got the bonus point inside 22 minutes, if you are
just joining us. England looking to get it wide
again. A possible hat trick for Lydia Thompson on the wide outside.
What a try scoring rate she's got in the England shirt.
22 now in her 29th appearance. Millar-Mills and Cokayne joining in
the fun. Waterman looks to... Over goes Daniel Waterman in the corner.
A well deserved try from the fullback, making it Wales 0, England
48. It is a mismatch, but the technic calmities of some of the
England -- technic calmities of some of the England's play. Fantastic
play. A front rower in there, as well. Passing the ball on. Both
Taylor and Millar-Mills and Cokayne. Waterman has an ap opportunity for
the ball. -- appetite. Time off before Scarratt can take the
conversion. An injury in midfield.
It's a Welsh player. Doesn't look good. You never like to
see that in any form of the game. It's been a pretty clean game. One
or two high tackles towards the end of the first half as Wales got tired
but the number of tackles they've been asked to make with this
relentless England women's team, they're going to be score tomorrow.
Give them credit, England, from one to 15, they don't want to leave
this. They'll be looking to Simon Middleton saying don't take me off,
I am enjoying myself. The smiles are out there. The co-ordination, the
jelling, they're a strong team. They're playing well. 13-0 down to
France at home last week but came back. Rachel Taylor is the woman
down. The former Wales captain. 33 years old. The oldest in the team.
Made a debut ten years ago. This is Emily Scarratt.
To try bring the half-century up for England. 49th minute.
They'll have to wait a little longer as it goes wide.
48-0, the last thing you want to see is one of your most experienced
players, Rachel Taylor, going off. But it's a chance.
Subs being called on the Wales side. Should be Cerys Hale and Lowri
Harries wearing 16. Wales rolling on the front row
replacements. That's Hale waiting for the call.
One of the more powerful presences in the Welsh squad. 15 stone.
That's in old money, Nick! I don't do kilos.
Snowsill with the restart then. Here at Cardiff Arms Park, England's
weekend so far, their under-20s victorious last night. It was an
England comeback from 13 points down early on. Well-drilled under-20s
men's side. A well-drilled senior women's side on show. Really in the
last half hour a question of how many tries England can score and
whether Wales can get on the scoreboard? If they keep giving
penalties away like that, no chance. Commentating on a fine second half
performance, in particular on England 20s, a supreme performance
here from the women. I won't be commentating on the other game and I
won't be neutral when I am watching that one!
So, England streams of possession once more. Natasha Hunt has it.
I have been impressed with the standard of today's game. The
standard of women's rugby is improving. Lots more players
playing. The handling skills, particularly of the England three
quarters, kicking skills of Emily Scarratt, fantastic to watch.
England on the attack. Scarratt floating a pass out to Amy
Wilson-Hardy. Giving Evans a run for her money. Good cover tackle by
Evans. Well picked up by Snowsill. Wilkins looking to come away with
it. Good all-round play there. Great awareness for Wilson-Hardy to keep
it alive. A little steal and through the legs of Snowsill to get the ball
back for her team. Snowsill looking to run... Magic feet. Good steps
from Snowsill. Glorious moment from the Wales fly-half. Up to halfway.
That's what we expect from Welsh fly-halves. Can they build on it?
Wilkins takes first receiver. Away from Bevan.
Wilkins finds space putting the ball behind Thompson.
Away from both sides. England getting bodies on it eventually. On
their own 22. It is rare that the ball has been in
the England 22 during the course of this match. They finally found space
and a bit of turf, albeit astro turf, a great follow-up from
Wilkins. Now they're in that wide channel again. Up to halfway.
Looking for support. Was that a deliberate knock-on? It has fallen
for England. They'll probably want to keep playing. They've players on
this wide left. It was a brave tackle from Evans. She's paying the
price for it, she got hurt. On the halfway.
A chance for Taylor to have another touch. Rowe is down now midfield.
Looks in a lot of pain. I think the referee will stop the game. You are
going to have the scrum there. Please, take the mark. Time off. It
always seems to happen to the losing side, they take the more bangs and
bruises. Is it broken? X-ray eyes! Not sure the medical staff can
tell... It might just be, that's a horrendous incident. An accident but
fair play to her. Had a tough - she's either very tough or very
supple. That could have been horrible. A scrum for you. Rebecca
Rowe, the player injured there. Has rowed for Great Britain. Swum for
Wales. She is a surf life-saver, as well. She's an all-round you have
toy. All-round toughie. A lot of great skills on show today. We have
scrum-half for Wales, Bevan, she is a judo player. Wales have needed all
their tackling skills. 19 on the blindside.
Really impressed with Marlie Packer. She's proved her side. Sarah Hunter
has come into the game. Scarratt has landed four conversions, looking to
make her presence felt with ball in hand. McLean rubber kicks through
into the Wales 22. The women in red pinned back yet again. You have to
say England fans may look at that and think it is negative. Let's play
a little bit, we have a big score on the board. When you are one of the
forwards for the England women you are thinking thank you very much,
you are drilling it into the 22, it's turning Wales. They're putting
their hands on their heads, I have been impressed with how she's pulled
the strings. She has good players around her but has still been
fantastic for England. Along with Amber Reed. God balance to this
team. -- a good balance to this team.
I think we have got a head injury assessment by the sound of it. I
think it's Elen Evans after that crunching tackle. She made a brave
effort to stop another England attack. Hale knocks that on at the
tail of the lineout. England have a scrum advantage.
McLean and Hunt combining again. Waterman has Wilson-Hardy outside
her. Going for the corner. Using strength but just repulsed a couple
of metres out. The try for Daniel Waterman in the corner. England's
top 50 points. Amy Wilson-Hardy made hard work of it. Lovely slick
passing. If she goes for the corner she is in but she decides to go for
strength. Look who makes the last pass. It is Katy McLean. She has
been everywhere, has been experienced, mature. Cool, calm and
collected and is rubbing salt into the wound. Waterman has enjoyed
herself today, had a big involvement. It's been the story of
the game, it's been relentless and perfectly executed. A comfortable
day at the office for Simon Middleton and his entourage.
Waterman running in two tries in the space of ten minutes. Scarratt with
the angled conversion. Kicking boots seem to have been left
in the dressing room at half-time, much to Wales' relief. Indeed. Amy
Wilson-Hardy looked to take it more infield for Scarratt, nonetheless
it's over 50 points with over 20 minutes to go. The daffodils need a
bit of sun! Not sure if they're going to get any sun showing today
in a very cold and grey Welsh capital.
Emily Scarratt with four conversions, represent her final
contribution to the scoreline. It's a cold day for sure. The icicles are
dripping off your nose there! England rolling through the
replacements as well. Emily Scarratt and Hunt have been replaced. There
is enough still to torment Wales. Amy Wilson-Hardy held up by Gemma
Rowland. The chip down the blindside by Mason and the Welsh replacement
scrum-half Sian Moore down the touchline. A little sleight on the
blindside, chiselled it through, no first defender, again, this is not a
turnover for England, it is a turnover for Wales. Pulling the
strings for England now at fly half will be number 22, Emily Scott.
Tamara Taylor wins another line-out. Amy Wilson-Hardy in off the wing.
Good support. England still going. Mason. Getting it moving. The kick
through is from Amber Reed. Katy McLean is still on, looks to have
pushed out wide. But Wales have the penalty for once. Let us hope with
all of the changes and the game is clearly done, 20 minutes to go, but
Wales make a real go of this, express themselves in little bit. Do
not go into your shells and accept what is coming. Try to make an
impact on the game, make a name for yourself. Snowsill finding touch.
Wales hosting island-- Ireland here at the Arms Park in March and the
crowd need something to keep them coming back. Lowri Harries into the
Wales line-out. Harriet Millar-Mills that's in front of her opposite
jumper. She slides to the back of the maul -- gets in front. The
second row for England... She has got Amy Wilson-Hardy with a run in
for her second try as England just keep on scoring. We have hit that
hour mark and it is Wales 0- 58 England. It came from the turnover
at the line-out. And under throw. England easily picked it. When you
them this possession, Amber Reed really kicked into gear, Amy
Wilson-Hardy takes it on the outside. Comfortable at ten, 12,
Amber Reed, they have swapped. She has been impressive today, Amy
Wilson-Hardy. Only four caps. 25. Originally started her rugby at
prop, believe it or not, she was moved out to centre and out of the
wing. Played a bit of sevens. Now loving it on this left wing and this
fabulous England team and amber -- Amber Reed takes over from Emily
Scarratt with the kicking. That has not got enough legs on it. 58-0. All
four tries in this second-half scored by the back three. Two took
Waterman and the second piece to the wings, Thompson and Wilson-Hardy.
They have really finished their tries superbly well. But Bob centres
have looked good. Katy McLean. -- both centres.
Plenty of replacements on on both sides, looking to make some impact.
Vicky Fleetwood will not have a chance there because the replacement
hooker was on the end of the forward pass. This is the chance I was
talking about, express yourselves. Clear forward pass. The sub was over
Keane, looking to get into the game, make an impact.
Sian Moore, 28, 11th cap player. Wilkins. Isolated. The grubber kick
through. The chase was not quite fast enough. Katy McLean blasts it
clear. Charlotte Harries, looking to stretch her legs. Having to check
and putting it back inside -- Harries. Snowsill into midfield.
Harries again. Into 22, Alicia books -- Alisha Butchers. Now it is back
for Snowsill. She flicks it backed Clay. Wales stream together passes
inside the England 22 for the first time. England starting to fall off a
few tackles. They have not had to make that many. Wales looking
dangerous. Can they get their first try of the game? Amy Evans, the
prop, charging towards the post. Heartache for Wales. Great bit of
play for Wales. Right underneath the sticks, second-best to the contact,
they did not get the turnover. England penalty. Fantastic play from
some of the Welsh forwards. Credit for Alisha Butchers, she has really
stepped up this game. Wilkins under pressure there as she tracked back.
Dyddgu Hywel has gone off of course. Reshuffle in the Welsh black line.
-- backline. Which is looking to make her mark. Sian Moore arriving.
Forward by an English boot. They are showing a bit of something, Wales.
This is what the crowd has come to see. Pride in the jersey. The
English substitutes are trying to make an impression on the game. It
has sparked ball carrying from the second row is for Wales, Mel Clay
and Rebecca Rowe instrumental. Can they build on this. Ten tries on the
board for England. Wales shell-shocked for much of this
match. They are looking to put something together. Bevan is.
Rebecca Rowe is. A bit of a reshuffle because Sian Moore was
already operating in the scrum-half position.
Harries finds England jumping in front of her yet again. And England
looking to go through the phases. Vicky Fleetwood gets a good flow.
The huge overlap on the left-hand side, if England can find it. Emily
Scott tackled halfway. Amber Reed finding Katy McLean. Now outside the
Amy Wilson-Hardy. Thompson looking for the hat-trick. Wales just
getting the tackle is back as Wilson-Hardy and Thompson combined,
it looks likely one of them would get a hat trick, they will have to
wait. A lovely delayed pass from Amber Reed. Intervention from Katy
McLean who has now gone to full-back and both wingers ended up on the
left-hand side. So dangerous, so quick. Enjoying themselves. You have
to say they are hungry for work and you can see why. Amber Reed has come
into the game in the second half, showing ball skills, Vicky Fleetwood
looks lively. The new hooker. 56th cap for her. She knows what
international rugby is about. So does Sarah Hunter. Brought down a
couple of metres out. England, can they get it wide yet again? Katy
McLean out to Lydia Thompson. That will be the Worcester winger's
hat-trick. 67 minutes gone. England remorseless in exploiting Wales on
the outside. So many overlaps created. The back three running
riot. It is Wales 0- 63 England. Interesting to see how many of the
tries have been scored in the 50 metre channels. That is where they
have exploited the Welsh women's defence. Katy McLean once again
supplies the finishing Hearts. Solid scrum. -- pass. All about keeping
technical skills, putting the pass in front of your fellow player. They
have done that with aplomb today the mother England women. -- today, the
England women. Amber Reed having taken over the kicking duties from
Emily Scarratt, with the touchline conversion. Her uncle, Andy, was
blocked for Scotland. Andy Reid, Lions tour, 93. Amber not able to
get on the scoresheet. Five unconverted tries in the second
half, they have prevented the scoreboard from moving as fast as it
might have otherwise. Wales for sure will be working on the width in
their defence. Not over committing to defensive rocks and pushing hard
on the inside to get inside support to allow more width in the wider
channels. -- rucks. Scotland and Ireland will be watching this and
they will be going there for sure. Yes, England looking good for the
World Cup of course. Being held in Ireland. Champions in 2014, beating
Canada in the final. England pushed... England play US, Italy and
Spain in that competition. Wales up against Canada, top seeds ahead of
New Zealand, and Hong Kong. The minnows of that group. Snowsill
pumps it to the corner. A chance. Not an easy group for Wales in the
World Cup. Still some long-term development in some of these
players. Rowland is new to the Welsh women's setup. Give him some time.
He will bring true players. Can they score? The crowd getting going.
Wales have it. Through which is at the tail. Did well to cling on.
Evans looking for the charge. Brought down by Sarah Bern. Pick and
go from Wales. Held underneath the post. Is there anything wide? They
may not go for it? Butchers held again. They have got plenty out
wide, if they move it. Wales forwards driving. Amy Evans, pick
and go again. England are strong on the fringes. There are players out
here to the right. Lillicrap with support from Harries but driven
back. Freed for Butchers again. Wales just desperately pounding away
on the looking to get on the scoreboard. Looking for a hint of
respectability at the end of this one-sided game. But to give credit
to the England defence. 60 points to the good yet resolute in keeping
Wales out. Wales looking to get it wide but it goes down before it can
get to Wilkins. Well picked up on the outside by Evans. England have
to defend for a while. Wales tried the set again but Wales knock-on and
England can come away with it and maybe attack from deep. It has gone
forward from both sides. The best attack of the game from Wales but
they just couldn't break them down. They got so close. They tried to go
the short route, the pick and go, trying to get two players together
in a mismatched to get over the line. There were numbers from the
Welsh women over on the right hand side. England just too strong, too
powerful, too determined. Wales's first attacking pressure, really,
has been in the final quarter of the game. They have not had any passes
really inside the England 22 until this last quarter. The second spell
of pressure but England came away for Thompson to get her hat-trick in
between. It is funny, happy with the attacking game, but I'm sure the
England players, as they get another free kick, they would be thinking,
wouldn't it be great to shut Wales out to no points? Harriet
Millar-Mills away from defence. Wales through offside. The referee
penalised in Wales again for getting offside. A few exchanges of
opinions. The second row Tamara Taylor, winning her 100th cap today,
I am sure many of the messages, the England camp, they will have been
spouting messages about not letting her down on her 100th periods. In
her 13th season. -- 100th appearance. A lot of effort, time
and dedication. To be rewarded with a performance like this from her
team, congratulations to her. Her debut back in 2005, unusual skills
from Scott to recover that! Feeding Marlie Packer. You will have to
think about your player of the match in a couple of minutes time. I will
put 80s out. It is going to be an England player. -- I will put 80s
out! There are a lot of players, give me a minute, I will consider.
The tries have comes from the back three. The half-backs have pulled
the strings, the forwards have done the donkey work. Wales have been
left chasing shadows. It looks like Cerys Hale has swapped
to the tight head now for Wales. The youngster, a shepherd from North
Wales, Gwenllian Pyrs, she is on as well. The way it comes. Sian Moore,
finding Lillicrap. Over halfway. Back for Snowsill. Finding Rowland.
Powerful wing from the Army centre. More going forward. Butchers. She
finds Cerys Hale. Sian Moore back to Snowsill. Flying up, Amber Reed,
with the tackle on Harries. Has it gone forward? No, says the referee.
More possession for England but Katy McLean's kick is charged down by
Snowsill. Back those Scott and hacks it towards the touchline. Wales are
battling, desperate for the score, to give them some credit. England
are just as determined to keep them out. The kick through behind
Wilson-Hardy. The knock-on from Millar-Mills. It gives Wales the
attacking scrum. So, as England lose some rare
defending, we will have Player Of The Match as soon as the ball goes
to the next. Wales with Harries bursting away. Almost through the
second tackle. Lillicrap on the charge. Wales on the attack. In the
final quarter. They will get a penalty. Millar-Mills has been quick
enough for most of the match. Wales opt for the scrum. Player of the
match? A difficult day for Wales. I have been impressed with the back
row's workrate in particular Alisha Butchers. For England, so many to
pick from. The backline have been supreme, the winners and full-backs
have scored tries, the lady on the screen, she played at ten, as a
coach, you need to bring it together, pull the strings, my
player of the match is Katy McLean. So, the 31-year-old Darlington
player. Second rows have been impressive. Sarah Hunter has come
into the game. Marlie Packer has been a wrecking ball. The backs have
dictated the game. Wales struggling up in these closing stages.
England's forwards win the penalty. They really are determined to shut
out Wales and leave the home side still on zero. It has been a sad day
for the Welsh women, but they have not given up. They have desperately
tried in the last 20 minutes to get the score. They do not want to see
the zero. Rowland Phillips, he will have a lot to work with. It is not a
disgrace, this is a fine England women's team, well-organised, fully
professional, well coached. They have implemented a fantastic game
plan today. Credit to them. I think we might be looking at the women's
Six Nations champions here. France beat them last year when many of
England's women were in the GB seven 's operation preparing for Rio. Now
they have got the full professional squad back. It is really up to the
other Five Nations to try to catch them up as best they can. They have
set the standard high. If they play like they have today in the rest of
the tournament, they will take some stopping. And in the World Cup. Up
against the New Zealanders, Canada, likely to be challenges, USA could
be powerful pull opponents for England. Butchers on the charge for
Wales. Would off-load to Davies. The back, Snowsill took Lake. Wales just
kept out as Wilkins is barged into touch and Wales not able to find
that outside in the way that England have so regularly. Just going
across, England are far more organised and the wider channels.
You can see them pushing hard from the inside, England. Nice little
play but they have run out of space. Six tries in the first half and four
convergence. Five unconverted in the second half. -- conversions. England
have looked just as resolute in defence as attack. Time nearly up.
Clay protects it. Lillicrap held up by Rachael Burford. All out for
Cerys Hale. Sian Moore back in fields. England, the trouble is,
they have little support they are not quite coordinated in there
attacking moves. The Welsh forwards still going. England through. While
they offside? Yes, they were. Last throw of the dice. Butchers has
really impressed me in the last 20 minutes especially. She has never
given up. Carried hard. Of course, now you have got the
penalty, you can take the option of the set piece.
Sian Moore to put it in for the last play of the match. Here at Cardiff
Arms Park. England completely remorseless in
this performance. Sian Moore, look at that effort from the England
pack, they turn over possession. It sums up the day. Totally dominant in
all facets of the game. They want more. We are in the red zone on the
clock. Evans up to make the tackle, prevents England from getting it
outside as she looks for the rich. -- rip. England have possession.
Tamara Taylor finishing her 100th international. They have not had
enough. You thought they would chip it off and be happy with 63-0. They
run the risk of the turnover. England with the penalty. This is
the mindset of them. Quickly taken. Wilson turned Amber Reed. Down by
Snowsill. Hitting the referee to end proceedings! England completely
dominant. Running in 11 tries. An absolutely comprehensive and
one-sided victory over Wales. Last word. Totally dominant, very
professed with the professionalism of the England team. -- very
impressed. Wales, no disgrace. England will go on and challenge for
the Championship now. Rowland Phillips and the team, they need to
look their wounds and picked themselves up. Worthy winners,
England. Final score, at Cardiff Arms Park, Wales 0- 63 England.
Well, there were six tries in the first for England and fat in the
second, including two for Danielle Waterman, the full-back -- five in
the second. There was a hat-trick for Lydia Thompson as well. 11 tries
in all for England, 63 unanswered points. What does that do to the
table? The bonus point win for England puts them first. Ireland are
still second, but they will face Italy. Scotland versus France, we
will see what happens. Wales are third in the table. Just the one win
last week against Italy. Disappointment for Wales. But
England victorious. I have to say, what a fantastic performance for
them. I am sure they will be very happy. Looking good for being
champions this year. Let us talk about that game. Starting with you,
Kat, we mentioned a player of the match, Katy McLean. She was your
star player long before they picked her. Yes. She was key in everything,
getting the ball wide, we saw in the clips, in every try, she was
involved, putting in the pass. It is so difficult to stop her. Not just
that, her tactical kicking, she put pressure on Wales. Great all-round
game. We will hopefully have a look at what she did in a few seconds. We
can do that now actually and look at why she was such a great performer
today on the pitch. Why was she so good on the field? Holding her
depth, but she can play so flat to the line and still get a pass away.
She takes the hit but she makes it easy for those outside her and again
she is involved here, nice looping around to get it out. Fantastic try
from Danielle Waterman. I am just looking, another lovely pass. Once
again, so good. We can hear from the woman herself, the star player this
afternoon, we will wait a few seconds, we can hear hopefully from
Katy McLean, the star player of this afternoon.
Player of the match, congratulations. Thank you. You
wanted more at the end? It was a really tough game and I am not sure
the score reflects it. Wales put up one hell of a fight. We knew it
would be tough here. We wanted to be clinical and we were. You were
pulling the strings, maybe the tries went to the back three, but you were
in charge. The forwards had a great shift, to be fair. So easy being
paid ten. When the girls carry as well as they did today, it makes me
life a lot easier. Looking forward to Italy? Nice to have a weekend off
and rebuilt on what we did today and hopefully take it to Italy in two
weeks' time. Congratulations. Go and enjoy your time. Carys Phillips,
commiserations, it was tough from the first minute. Disappointed with
our performance today obviously. We brought a really good crowd and we
wanted to put on a big performance for them but it did not go our way.
They are professional scummy can tell. They did their job and they
worked hard from last week -- they are professionals, you can tell. Is
that the difference, they are professionals, they are together for
longer, earlier, they are training day in, day out. It has an impact,
but they have only been professionals this year so it should
not be too much of a difference. And for the rest of the Six Nations
campaign? We will work hard and take our performance is a step up against
Scotland. Thank you very much. Clearly disappointed captain, Carys
Phillips, obviously very unhappy with that performance. She was
talking about how professional the England set up is. You cannot
disagree with that. We also heard from Katy McLean and hopefully we
can see some pictures of why she was the difference possibly between the
two sides this afternoon. Here she's pinning them back. That's
what I am talking about the carrying, she always gets tackled
after she past the ball. That means she's committed that defender and
they're not able to drift. Gets a cheeky try, as well. Even moves to
full bank, just to show off, I think. Yeah, did really well. She
was obviously happy there. It makes you wonder how far England can go in
this competition. Also a World Cup year, as well. They're looking good
for both competitions. Yeah, it's great to see them, they've built
from the game last week with France and hopefully will for Italy. We
will see how far they can go in trying to retain the World Cup.
Let's hear from England's coach, Simon Middleton.
A big smile on your face, congratulations. Thank you very
much. Yeah, terrific game. Nowhere near as easy as the score might make
it look. Rowland and the girls put in a fantastic effort, got us on a
good day today. What do you put that win down to, all the tries? It was
just our execution. We talked a lot about how we want to play the game
and saw a couple of areas we wanted to get the ball into today and did
it well. I think more than anything it was probably frame of mind. We
came in wanting to be accurate and clinical and we knew that's what it
would take and that's what we did. On to Italy, thank you very much.
Yeah, a big smile on his face there. As you can imagine. I am wonderi
Rowland Phillips got anything to smile about. England were
sensational. These are the games they train for to play. It doesn't
get any bigger. The girls kept their heads up. They had good phases of
play. Butchers put her hand up today, here she's running, strong
with the ball. She's carrying well, placing the ball back to the Welsh
team there. Again here strong tackle. She gets a turnover there.
Again she's played seven, is great in open spaces. Runs hard with the
ball. She's been pivotal today and makes a break here, as well. ? She's
had a great game. And she was the only change in the Wales game from
that Italy win last week. So a bit of pressure coming in, as well. Yes,
but she coped with it really well. I think she's one of Wales' star
players. Look out for her in the future. Yeah, look out indeed.
Talking now about England, I wonder how far they can go. They've a break
now before the next match. Where will they be looking to improve, any
areas? Today their defence wasn't tested that much, no disrespect to
Wales, but I think they'll be looking to potentially work at that
in training to make sure they're still switched on. They'll still
work on the things they were good at because obviously if it has worked
why would you not work on it, so I think getting the ball wide, having
difference between being deep and flat and that will be key for them.
Will the Wales women be glad of this little bit of a break now before
they face Scotland or will they want to be out there again proving a
point because they won't be happy, will they? No, but it's great, the
whole bench came on so they've all had the experience of playing
against the world champions which is going to be important for them
building on in this campaign. They've Scotland in two weeks.
They'll have a good recovery, they'll analyse the game today and
they'll be eager to beat Scotland next. I am sure they will. Many of
the fans and the supporters in here today at the Cardiff Arms Park I am
sure going next door to the Principality Stadium, that's where
the second act of today's rugby will be held this afternoon. During the
week I caught up with a few of the Welsh players.
You thought you had enough of this now, probably thought they would
leave me alone. In the captain I didn't have... Do you miss it? I
miss chatting to you guys. Yeah, you especially! How are the stitches? I
saw the picture, it looked very painful. It's healed well. A tidy
job. Yeah, it's been very good. They didn't seem too convincing last
weekend. Yeah, probably trying to keep their best for this weekend
knowing our luck. They will look back at that game and know what
they've got to work on, no doubt they'll be up for this game. These
are the games you want to play as players, all those sacrifices you
make as a kid and as a professional, make it worthwhile if you can get in
the team for Wales and England. Yeah, enjoyed chatting to them this
week. Don't know if they enjoyed chatting to me! You can catch that
game live on S4C and then 4. 15 on BBC One Wales.
Kick-off at 4. 50pm. Join us for the build-up.
Let's get the final thoughts here on today's game. Just to remind you if
you are just joining us, it was a whitewash by England, 6 # unanswered
points. It's a World Cup -- 63. Have we seen the difference, we alluded
to it, but have we seen the difference between a professional
side and maybe a side that can't compete because they haven't the
time or facilities that they need? Yeah, definitely that will come into
it and hopefully, they've only been professionals six weeks and we have
seen the impact, so for England I think having eight months of that
before the World Cup hopefully we will see a big difference, as well.
It's a shame for Wales because we thought that Rowland Phillips was on
a bit of a run, had a good start, a few friendlies and that win, the
first in four years against Italy, how much will that dent momentum and
confidence for the next knew months I don't think, not too much. They
did have good phases of play in today's game. They were playing
against the world champions, we can't forget that. They will take on
board lots of work-ones now from the game today, building up to the World
Cup in August. A few of the girls took a few knocks, a few important
girls, player of the match last week, Dyddgu Hywel and Rachel
Taylor. I am sure they'll be hoping they'll be back for that trip to
Scotland. Yes, let's hope so, that the injuries weren't too severe.
What about England, will there be any changes as they look to the next
few matches because there weren't changes for this one but they have
the depth if they need to introduce new blood. I would go same team, why
change things if it is working. The subs can make the impact like they
did today because it was still five tries in the second half, I wouldn't
change something that was working so well. If you have that depth and
strength it's a good impact bench to have. A word quickly about the
wingers. There was one hat trick, both could have had a hat trick.
They offer options up. They both have pure pace. Lydia is one of the
quickest in the game, I think. Wilson-Hardy is a hard line runner,
she has a good step off her left foot and that's key. Definitely. A
quick last word about Wales. I am thinking we had the under-20s losing
last night and the women losing today. Somebody is thinking is this
an omen for this afternoon? Let's hope not. I am backing the boys to
get a good win, they've a good history against England here in
Wales. Looking forward to that game. There's been talk all week, Eddie
Jones saying about the psychological barrier of coming to Wales, did you
feel like that as a player? It's all difficult playing away, sometimes
especially Wales and France, I found. I think you get over this as
soon as you step on the pitch and you are there to do a job. Girls,
thank you very much. Thank you for your company this morning and this
afternoon. Hopefully we can enjoy more rugby during the next few
hours. It's been a disappointing weekend for Wales so far. The
under-20s lost last night in Colwyn Bay. Today the Welsh women lost, as
well. We have a saying in Welsh, now it's up to the boys. Thank you very
much for your company this afternoon. Goodbye.
Catrin Heledd presents live coverage of Wales Women v England Women from the Cardiff Arms Park. Studio guests include former Wales international Caryl James and England World Cup winner Kat Merchant.