England Women reach Semi Final of RWC2017
August 20 2017
England Women secured their place in semi-finals of the 2017 Women’s RWC as they beat the USA 47-26 in their Pool B decider.
England's Emily Scarratt score's the first try of the game despite the attempts of USA's Cheta Emba - Pictures PA/Images
Both sides had won their two matches, but after a physical start from the USA, England Women sealed their place in the last four. Emily Scarratt touched down from Katy Mclean’s grubber to open the scoring, then a penalty try, and two Marlie Packer scores - all from driving mauls - secured England their try bonus point after 26 minutes.
Mclean’s dart through space got England up to a 33-7 lead at the break and they continued scoring in the second half with Amy Wilson Hardy and Amy Cokayne. USA got a late four-try bonus point with Kris Thomas' late effort.
The tournament now moves to Belfast for the play-offs and England will be in the semi-final where they will face the team that finishes in third position in the rankings.
New Zealand were ranked first after the pool stages after their three bonus-point wins but
Captain Sarah Hunter paid tribute to her fellow forwards but insisted despite the emphatic nature of their pool performances they were fully aware their would be tougher tests awaiting them in the knockout stages.
"We knew it would be a tough game but we’re through the semi-final, it’s job three completed and we move on to the next challenge now," said Hunter.
Speaking of their forward dominance, Hunter added: "Our forwards coach Matt Ferguson has done a fantastic job with us, everyone knows their role and their responsibility in the team and together we function really well."
England15. Danielle Waterman; 14. Amy Wilson Hardy, 13. Emily Scarratt, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Kay Wilson; 10. Katy Mclean, 9. Natasha Hunt; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Amy Cokayn, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Abbie Scott, 5. Tamara Taylor, 6. Alex Matthews, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Sarah Hunter. Replacements: 16. Vicky Fleetwood, 17. Rochelle Clark, 18. Justine Lucas, 19. Poppy Cleall, 20. Harriet Millar-Mills, 21. Leanne Riley, 22. Rachael Burford, 23. Megan Jones. Tries – Scarratt, Penalty try, Packer 2, Mclean, Wilson Hardy, Cokayne. Conversions – Scarratt 5, Penalty try.
USA: 15. Cheta Emba; 14. Nava Tapper, 13. Nicole Heavierland, 12. Alev Kelter, 11. Kristen Thomas ; 10. Kimber Rozier, 9. Deven Owsianv; 1. Catie Benson, 2. Katy Augustyn, 3. Tiffany Faaee (C), 4. Stacey Bridges, 5. Alvica Washington, 6. Sara Parsons, 7. Kate Zackary, 8. Jordan Gray. Replacements: 16. Samantha Pankev, 17. Hope Rogers, 18. Nick James, 19. Abby Gustaitis, 20. Kristine Sommer, 21. Kayla Canett-Oca, 22. Sylvia Braaten, 23. Jess Wooden. USA: Tries – Zackary, Emba, Tapper, Thomas Conversions – Kelter 3.
Schedule Pool B
England 56-5 Spain
Wednesday 9 August, UCD Bowl, Dublin
England 56-13 Italy
Sunday 13 August, Billings Park UCD, Dublin
England 47-26 USA
Thursday 17 August - Billings Park UCD, Dublin
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