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England Women’s Rugby Team Dominate Scotland in 2023 Six Nations Opener



A Promising Start for England

England’s women’s rugby team demonstrated impressive form in their opening game of the 2023 Six Nations tournament against Scotland. Hosting the game in their own backyard of Kingston Park, the English players made quick work of their opponents, scoring six tries in total and ultimately dominating the match.

Key Players Drive Success

Holly Aitchison stepped up for her team by starting at fly half, where she looked entirely at home. Playing so flat on the line before unleashing English forwards such as Marlie Packer to crash past the gainline, Aitchison showed a matador’s timing and strategy, leading her team to victory.

Early Advantage for England

Scotland put up a resilient fight at the start, but they failed to answer England’s relentless maul attack. Within a few minutes, England’s Packer scored three times in the same right-hand corner, driving home the advantage.

Scotland Rallies Briefly

Scotland may have been beaten, but the team fought on bravely. On her debut, Beth Blacklock scored a well-deserved try, while Rollie struck with an elegant step, showing promise for her team’s future.

Reflecting on Hunter’s Final Cap

The evening belonged to Sarah Hunter, honoured with her 141st and final cap. Hunter reflected, “I feel really proud. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way [struggling through amateur days].” She declared confidence in the future of the sport and praised the “trailblazers who came before us” for paving the way.

Rollie’s Perfect Run

While Scotland may have ultimately lost, Rollie’s perfect run to the left post remains an impressive highlight of the game, showcasing the talent of individual players on both teams.

England Pulls Ahead with Multiple Tries

England’s victory was secured with multiple tries, including successful finishes from Cokayne, MacDonald, and Kabeya. The team’s dependence on solid set pieces and steamroller rugby demonstrated potential for future success as the tournament progresses.

Valedictory Appearances and Newcomers

A homecoming was planned for England’s Hunter and Simon Middleton’s last championship as Red Roses coach. However, much of the game’s focus overlooked Scotland’s newest member, Francesca McGhie. Despite the attention, McGhie himself demonstrated his potential and received praise from his coach, helping to set the stage for Scotland’s future in the sport.



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