Ten-try England women dismantle Italy in Dublin

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Regular captain Sarah Hunter drops to the bench for the second pool game of the Red Roses' title defence, resulting in Scarratt's elevation to skipper.

Alex Matthews - running a flawless line up the middle - notched the second try, scooting in under the posts but the first cracks appeared when Veronica Schiavon slotted a penalty for Italy and Maria Magatti finished off a sharp move down Italy's right.

Italy started to narrow the gap, with a penalty and a try from Maria Magatti bringing the score back to 12-8 with 22 minutes on the clock.

England have made 10 changes for their World Cup match against Italy in Dublin with Emily Scarratt leading the team.

England responded with a similarly well-worked try from Thompson, the winger's 29th in global rugby, and just before the break flanker Marlie Packer's storming run set up skipper Amy Cokayne for another to make it 22-8 at half-time.

England: 15 Danielle Waterman, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt (c), 12 Rachael Burford, 11 Amy Wilson-Hardy, 10 Amber Reed, 9 Natasha Hunt, 1 Rochelle Clark, 2 Amy Cokayne, 3 Justine Lucas, 4 Tamara Taylor, 5 Zoe Aldcroft, 6 Izzy Noel-Smith, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Alex Matthews.

Meanwhile, New Zealand thrashed Hong Kong 121-0 in the early kick-off.

There were also tries for Les Ketu, Stacey Waaka, Kelly Brazier and Theresa Fitzpatrick.

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