Scotland Women V England Women
Scotland Women opened their Six Nations campaign with a much-improved performance against England Women at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.
With a vocal home crowd behind them, the Scots held their own against the visitors and showed glimmers of brilliance in the soggy conditions.
Their well organised and aggressive defence at crucial moments prevented England scoring inside the five-metre line on two occasions.
On the attack, an aggressive-looking Scotland enjoyed promising phases. They patiently pushed up the pitch towards their try line, but the hard work was often undone by unfortunate errors.
Light-footed wing Megan Gaffney also did well to skip through the defence but her progress was halted and the ball turned over.
After a fairly even ball game, England capitalised on a mix up in Scottish defence and Lauren Cattell dotted over at 26 minutes, but a missed conversion kept the score at 5-0.
Massive tackles by number 8 Jade Konkel and flanker Karen Dunbar inside Scotland’s 22 halted England for a while, but Harriet Millar-Mills managed to find a gap following a scrum to score. A successful conversion took the score to 12-0 at the 34-minute mark.
Undeterred, Scotland continued to pile on the pressure and Chloe Rollie got the crowd roaring with a break following a scrum on the half-way mark.
However, a penalty at the breakdown gave England another shot at the sticks to nudge further into the lead before the break.
Half time: Scotland Women 0 – 15 England Women
Great work by Scotland’s backs at the restart resulted in a penalty, but the ball was just wide of the posts.
Scotland continued to attack with confidence but England made the most from turnovers and player of the match Millar-Mills scored her second for the night with 48 minutes played.
With the score at 20-0, Rhona Lloyd blitzed up the wing to beat two defenders only for England to benefit from the advantage. A rolling maul five metres out from Scotland's line resulted in another score for the guests but the conversion was wide (25-0).
With fitness getting put to the test, England crossed the whitewash for a fifth and final time and a successful conversion took the final score to 23-0.