Smith gets on the score­sheet

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEACS' WEEK -

GLOUCES­TER HART­PURY’ S Kelly Smith was among the try scor­ers as Eng­land Women made it two bonus-point wins from two in the 2019 Women’s Six Na­tions as they beat France 41-26 at Cas­tle Park in Don­caster.

Eng­land took the lead against the reign­ing Grand Slam cham­pi­ons af­ter Katy Da­leym­clean’s cross­field kick was su­perbly taken in the air by Jess Breach to dot down.

Af­ter Sarah Mckenna was held up over the line, a break down the wing from Smith was quickly re­cy­cled for Poppy Cleall to hit a short line and power over.

De­spite prop Vickii Corn­bor­ough be­ing shown a yel­low card, Eng­land scored again with a player less when Emily Scar­ratt’s clever grub­ber bounced up per­fectly for the on­rush­ing Smith to gather and sprint clear, inset.

Eng­land were not done be­fore half-time, when Mckenna’s su­perb line break set up Breach for her sec­ond as she dived over in the cor­ner as the bonus-point was se­cured be­fore the break.

France re­sponded in the open­ing stages of the sec­ond half when Safi N’di­aye got their first points, but some strong for­ward work close to the line saw Eng­land re­spond and Cleall crossed for her sec­ond.

An ex­cel­lent break from France scrum half Pauline Bour­don gave the visi­tors hope, be­fore Red Rose re­place­ment Han­nah Bot­ter­man fin­ished a se­ries of pick and drives and then Cather­ine O’don­nell went over in the cor­ner for Eng­land’s seventh. But Ro­mane Me­nager crossed in the fi­nal play of the game to se­cure a los­ing bonus-point.

The Red Roses take on Wales Women at Cardiff Arms Park on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 (12.30pm).

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