Before the Lions game in Rotorua this morning, the Red Roses put down a huge marker for the Women’s World Cup beating the Black Ferns by 29-21.
The score flatters the NZ girls – they scored a try right at the end and were outscored 5 tries to 3.
England dominated throughout and made light of the atrocious conditions – handling and offloading as if it were a dry sunny day.
Katy McLean kicked for territory with a precision that Owen Farrell and johnny Sexton would have been proud of. Emily Scarett was.. well, Emily Scarrett!
The whole squad were magnificent and I had a good feeling at the beginning of the second half when it was 14-14. The cry of “Let’s make history” as England emerged from the changing room was telling as to the attitude of the team.
A tour record of 3-0 including wins against the 1st, 3rd and 8th ranked sides augurs well for the World Cup in Ireland in August.
The skill levels of Women’s rugby and the physicality never ceases to amaze me – one tackle from the NZ prop would have put me in A & E! The England girl bounced back up.
I’ve said before that I’ve played in games that weren’t as hard as the average Women’s international.
The female of the species eh?