Eng­land cel­e­brate Da­ley-mclean’s 100th cap in style

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Rugby - At Al­lianz Park

The bot­tle of Cham­pagne that Katy Da­ley-mclean was pre­sented with as player of the match af­ter her 100th Eng­land ap­pear­ance was dis­carded in favour of a cup of hot sweet tea made by head coach Si­mon Mid­dle­ton, such were the tor­rid weather con­di­tions as the Red Roses scored nine tries in a record de­feat of the United States.

The new­est mem­ber of the cen­tu­rion club’s kick­ing was al­most flaw­less, only miss­ing one of seven de­spite the swirling winds and rain. The Lough­bor­ough Light­ning player scored 17 points, in­clud­ing one try.

Mid­dle­ton was em­phatic that Da­ley-mclean had not been named player of the match due to the land­mark oc­ca­sion, say­ing: “You don’t have to say any­thing about Katy be­cause she has done it on the pitch. You couldn’t script what hap­pened, it wasn’t a sym­pa­thetic vote that gave her player of the match, it was to­tally de­served, she was ab­so­lutely su­perb. She was class on the field, the way she got those kicks and then to get the 60-yard try, we won’t hear the end of that one!”

The player her­self re­flected on the dif­fer­ence be­tween her Eng­land de­but in 2007 and last night’s fix­ture. “When I got my first cap there were 150 peo­ple watch­ing and now we have al­most 3,500 at Al­lianz Park and we are live on Sky,” she said. “The beauty of women’s sport now is that noth­ing is medi­ocre any­more, it is about us putting in the ef­fort to be pro­fes­sional. You hope in 10 years’ time you will be fill­ing the place out.”

At the out­set, it was a fairly cagey af­fair, be­fore Har­lequins’ Leanne Ri­ley went over for the open­ing try af­ter seven min­utes.

Im­me­di­ately the US were press­ing, but they were ov­er­en­thu­si­as­tic and their dis­ci­pline suf­fered, with prop Me­gan Rom be­ing shown the red card by Scot­tish ref­eree Holly David­son on 15 min­utes for a high tackle, lead­ing with her arm.

The Amer­i­cans were dogged in de­fence for a 10-minute pe­riod but ran out of steam once Eng­land full­back Sarah Mckenna, re­cently re­turned to XVS from sev­ens, ran over.

Amer­i­can tem­pers con­tin­ued to fray as open­side Kate Zachary was sent to the sin-bin and Eng­land were awarded a penalty try. With the US down to 13 women, Da­leym­clean turned the screw, and it was no sur­prise when she made a burst­ing run to set up cap­tain Ab­bie Scott, who had been putting in hard yards in the sec­ond row.

Con­tin­u­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, Da­ley-mclean burst through for a stun­ning in­di­vid­ual try just be­fore half-time. Eng­land went into the in­ter­val 33-0 up, Kelly Smith con­tin­u­ing United States Re­place­ments Ref­eree Red card

Big night out: Katy Da­ley-mclean breaks away to score Eng­land’s fifth try

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