The Women’s Six Nations completed their Round 2 fixtures over the weekend and there were a couple of surprises, if not in the results, at least in the size of some of the wins.
The most surprising result was a rampant England putting 52 points past a disappointing Wales, with ex Ulster Women’s player Poppy Cleall particularly impressive for England. Now we expected a comfortable win for England but thought that the Welsh would have been more resilient given the improvements they have made over the last couple of seasons. The Welsh team will be particularly disappointed that they didn’t trouble the scoreboard.
Scotland Women v France Women did go pretty much as expected but it was a disappointing game with players on both sides looking off form in difficult conditions.
I’d expected Ireland to record a bonus point win against Italy who seem to have reduced the emphasis on their Women’s squad over the last 18 months. No excuses with the conditions in this one, it was all just a bit too “snatchy” from the Ireland backline who haven’t relaxed into their play for some time now. The old adage, “Forwards win games, backs decide by how much”, is truer with Ireland Women than with anyone else. Unfortunately, the backs haven’t hit the expected standard just yet.
The results from the weekend are shown below:
|England Women||52 – 0||Wales Women||The Stoop, Twickenham|
|Scotland Women||3 – 26||France Women||Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow|
|Ireland Women||21 – 8||Italy Women||Donnybrook, Dublin|
As expected, England and France have started to put some distance between the rest and the Championship will likely be decided when these two “semi” professional sides meet in Round 4.
The battle for the best of the rest looks (slightly less) likely to be decided In Round 3 when Ireland host Wales at Donnybrook, though it might be a bit early to discount Scotland from having a say in this competition within a competition.