|Ladies folk’s Six Countries: England v Italy|
|England: (21) 55|
|Tries: Breach 2, Davies, Packer 2, Bern, Cornborough, Scott, Fleetwood Cons: Harrison, Mclean 4|
|Italy: (0) 0|
England scored nine tries to all but reclaim the Six Countries title with a crushing choose over Italy in Exeter.
Italy frustrated England forward of Jess Breach, Lark Davies and Marlie Packer all scored first-half of tries.
England shone after the smash as Sarah Bern, Packer, Vickii Cornborough, Breach, Abbie Scott and Vicky Fleetwood all crossed in front of a file crowd.
The unbeaten Purple Roses will choose the Substantial Slam within the event that they beat bottom facet Scotland at Twickenham subsequent weekend.
But they’re going to select the title with a recreation to spare if reigning champions France fail to select in Eire on Saturday night.
In front of 10,545 fans – a file for a non-World Cup home recreation – the hosts England made uncharacteristic errors as they bossed the first half of. Leanne Riley went over after her price-down of a fifth-minute Italian kick, but her strive was as soon as chalked off for an offside within the originate-up.
They did slump over quickly after as Breach dived into the precise corner, but must maintain been pegged encourage when Beatrice Rigoni in a technique managed to cross forward to Air of secrecy Muzzo when the pair had been two on one within the England 22.
It was as soon as no longer except the closing minutes of the half of that England struck again as hooker Davies went over from a utilizing maul and flanker Packer compelled her attain in from shut vary after a immediate tap penalty.
England had been a diversified facet after the smash as Bern went over a minute after the restart from a 20m lineout smash, Packer got her 2nd after precise work by Sarah Hunter and Cornborough was as soon as compelled over as England’s forwards dominated.
Simon Middleton’s facet had been also powerful more fluid and precise with ball in hand – Breach’s 2nd strive typifying that as she rounded off a large transfer to ranking her 17th strive in barely six England caps.
The Purple Roses capped off the choose when Scott and Fleetwood went over within the closing minutes as England laid siege to the Italian line.
Few will wager against England ending the Substantial Slam in Scotland subsequent week – the Scots maintain no longer won a Six Countries recreation since 2010 and maintain scored accurate four tries in their 2019 advertising and marketing campaign.
England: McKenna; Breach, Scarratt, Harrison, Smith; Daley-Mclean, Riley; Cornborough, Davies, Bern, O’Donnell, A Scott, Beckett, Packer, Hunter (c).
Replacements: Fleetwood, Botterman, S Brown, Cleall, J Brown, Hunt, Burford, E Scott.
Italy: Furla; Muzzo, Sillari, Busato, Stefan; Rigoni, Barattin; Giacomoli, Gai, Ruzza, Duca, Arrighetti, Franco, Giordano.
Replacements: Cammarano, Turani, Tounesi, Fedrighi, Sberna, Sgorbini, Magatti, Sarasso.