England ease past Italy in Women's Rugby World Cup

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

It took England just nine minutes to open up the Italians - Emily Scarratt went over for her second try of the tournament as she raced clear of the Italian defence.

Different team but it was the same result for England. Next up they face the United States of America on Thursday, perhaps their hardest pool stage match but another they will be expected to come through, and Middleton has now blooded 27 of his 28-strong squad in Ireland. Scarratt, restored to the starting line-up, struck first however, going over in the right-hand corner after a cleverly delayed pass from Izzy Noel-Smith.

Flanker Marlie Packer, lock Tamara Taylor, prop Justine Lucas, hooker Amy Cokayne and Alex Matthews are drafted in, while Rochelle Clark will win her 126th cap.

Two tries in three minutes soon after the restart from second row Tamara Taylor and Scarratt put England in control at 34-8 and Italy briefly rallied for their second try through forward Elisa Giordano. Waterman helped herself to a quickfire double before Thompson scored her 30th England try and Wilson-Hardy finally got her name on the scoresheet late on to give England the same points total they scored against Spain.

England coach Simon Middleton made 10 changes to the side which started in Wednesday's opening game, but the defending champions showcased their strength in depth by running in another 10 tries.

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