- England keep WRWC clean sheet
- Hat-tricks for Pocock and Barras
England 82 Kazakhstan 0
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England marched to an emphatic 82-0, 12 try victory over Kazakhstan on Tuesday in the second round of the Women’s Rugby World Cup pool games at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
The host nation, who defeated Ireland 27-0 in the tournament opener last weekend, put on a dominant display which left Kazakhstan with few answers.
Richmond’s Fiona Pocock, who grabbed a hat-trick of tries, was named Woman of the Match but there were many stand out players during this clash. No.8 Sarah Beale enjoyed a storming game while Charlotte Barras grabbed a hat-trick. Both Beale and Barras were also playing in their first match for England this year having been out of action through injury and illness.
England Head Coach Gary Street said: “It’s really pleasing to get a result like this, especially in these windy conditions. We have still got to look to iron out some errors so there are things to work on but Kazakhstan certainly put on a physical and committed performance tonight. Our defence was good, the forwards grafted hard and got the good clean ball out to our backs, so really they deserve a lot of credit for this result.
“I think the result tonight also underlines that we have a squad of 26 who are capable of winning this world cup, not just a team of 22 and that is vital.”
AUDIO – Katy MacLean's reaction to the win against Kazakhstan
After securing England's first points against Ireland, fullback Pocock kicked off Tuesday’s win in the same vein, scoring the opening try on three minutes. England dominated from the first whistle and their constant pressure paid off when the ball was recycled out to the left wing with centre Michaela Staniford offloading to Pocock. Captain Katy McLean converted.
Seven minutes later and England were 14-0 up when Barras, playing on the wing, showed a tremendous turn of speed to shake off the Kazakhstan defence and score in the right corner for a converted try. And the tourists didn’t learn from their mistakes either with Barras repeating her efforts ten minutes later to score her second try. With McLean stroking over her third conversion England were 21-0 up after as many minutes.
Lichfield No.8 Beale clinched the all important bonus point for England after just 26 minutes following a solid England line out where lock Tamara Taylor poped the ball short to Beale who stormed down the five metre channel, burst through the defence and touched down.
Substitute Katherine Merchant and centre Rachael Burford then rounded off the first half with two further tries. Burford took a high ball and charged 45 metres upfield unopposed and McLean converted each try, meaning England led 42-0 at the break.
Photo: Paul Seiser
England played into the gusty wind in the second half but it didn’t stop their momentum. Scrum half La Toya Mason took the first try after spotting a gap on the left wing, which McLean again converted.
A good England scrum and drive highlighted the hard work of the forwards and saw them come close to scoring. Replacement Amy Turner then had a go herself but couldn’t quite make the try line but Pocock scooped up the ball to score her second. Mason this time took over the kicking duties from the substituted McLean, but stroked the ball home with the same ease.
AUDIO – Tamara Taylor's reaction to the win against Kazakhstan
Try number three for Pocock came moments later and it was an impressive one which showed her tremendous turn of speed, quick feet and cool composure as she stepped and swerved around Kazakhstan’s defence to score.
With ten minutes remaining, England showed no intention of letting up and managed to run in a further three tries, this time with Roz Crowley, Amber Penrith and Barras taking the honours.
England play the USA next in the final game of the pool stages on Saturday at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, kick off 6.30pm.
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15 Fiona Pocock (Richmond), 14 Charlotte Barras (Saracens), 13 Michaela Staniford (Wasps), 12 Rachael Burford (Richmond), 11 Amber Penrith (Worcester), 10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 9 La Toya Mason(Wasps), 1 Claire Purdy (Wasps), 2 Emma Croker (Richmond), 3 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield), 4 Becky Essex (Richmond), 5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 6 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield), 7 Heather Fisher (Worcester), 8 Sarah Beale (Lichfield). Replacements: 16 Amy Garnett (Saracens), 17 Sophie Hemming (Bristol), 18 Jo McGilchrist (Wasps), 19 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens), 20 Amy Turner (Richmond), 21 Katherine Merchant (Worcester), 22 Danielle Waterman (Worcester).
Tries: Pocock (3), Barras (3), Beale, Merchant, Burford, Mason, Crowley, Penrith
Conversions: McLean (7), Mason (4)
Substitutions: Merchant for Staniford (25), Burford for Turner, Waterman for McLean (both 45), Amy Garnett for Emma Croker, Alphonsi for Fisher (all 73)
15 Irina Adler, 14 Lyudmila Sherer, 13 Olga Kumanikina, 12 Anna Yakovleva (C), 11 Irina Amossova, 10 Tatyana Tur, 9 Anastassiya Khamova, 1 Natalya Kamendrovskaya, 2 Tatyana Ashikhmina, 3 Tatyana Pshenichnaya, 4 Svetlana Karatygina, 5 Olga Rudoy, 6 Alfiya Mustafina, 7 Marianna Balashova, 8 Irina Radzivil. Replacements: 16 Olga Nikulich, 17 Farida Kalen, 18 Amina Baratova, 19 Valentina Nezbudey, 20 Makhabbat Tugambekova, 21 Symbat Zhamankulova, 22 Aigerym Daurembayeva
Referee: Javier Mancusco
Assistant Referees: Sherry Trumbull and Andrew McMenemy