- Second away win for England Women in Italy despite late venue change
- Italian Rugby Federation deserve credit for ensuring match went ahead – Scarratt
Full back Emily Scarratt has praised the Italian Rugby Federation for ensuring England Women’s RBS 6 Nations match against Italy went ahead on Sunday afternoon despite the freezing conditions.
England Under 20's match against Italy U20 had already fallen victim to the weather in Rovigo on Friday night after French referee Cedric Marchat postponed the fixture due to a frozen pitch.
The women’s match could have gone the same way but a late decision on Saturday night to move the game from Milan to an artificial pitch in Recco, a Six Nations first, ensured the fixture went ahead with England winning 43-3.
Speaking after the match Scarratt, said: "It [the pitch] held up pretty well. I think the burns will hurt a little bit in the shower later but just to be able to play the game – obviously one of the men’s games got called off yesterday – it’s a real credit to the Italian Federation to actually get this game played."
Despite a strong start from England and a seven-try victory, Scarratt said the visitors dropped off the pace in the second half and will work to maintain their intensity ahead of the fixture with Wales at Twickenham on 25 February.
"It’s probably not exactly what we wanted in terms of performance and preparation but the result is what matters at this stage and we can take this and move on to our next game against Wales," the Lichfield player said.
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"We did have a really good start. That is one of the things that we try and do – come out firing and it’s just a case of then keeping it going for the rest of the game.
"We sort of lacked off in certain places today and that is something that we can move forward with and try and get better with."
Scarratt scored England’s second try in the early in the match after prop Rochelle Clark opened the scoring after six minutes.
Ceri Large, Michaela Staniford, Rachael Burford and Georgina Roberts all crossed the line for England with Scarratt adding a penalty try and three conversions.