- Katy Mclean reflects on 40-20 win against France
- England Women captain expects improvement against Canada
Captain Katy Mclean feels England Women “sent a message to the rest of the world” with their 40-20 victory against France on Saturday.
England’s momentum was checked during the 2013 Six Nations, when the French condemned them to a 30-20 defeat at Twickenham.
However, they avenged that reverse in style this weekend, securing a victory that maintained Mclean’s personal unbeaten record since assuming the captaincy in 2011.
“There was a lot of pressure on us going into that game,” she said. “We knew that we had to come out there and perform, based on what’s gone on in England Women’s rugby in 2013.
“The most pleasing thing is that in parts we did; there were some fantastic tries scored. Those tries were team tries and I think that’s the bright spark going forward.
“That’s starting to send a message to the rest of the world – England are back. Maybe we’re not firing where we can be, but there are bright sparks out there. The more time we get together, the better we can be. Going forward, at times that game was brilliant and absolutely on the money.”
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The Darlington Mowden Park Sharks fly half now leads a much-changed side against Canada on Wednesday, looking to bounce back from two losses against the same opposition at this summer’s Nations Cup.
“We know we can play and now it’s about the little bits that we need to add and bring to the game against Canada,” she added.
“We’ve just got to sort out the little bits – the second half we weren’t quite as clinical and we maybe let the French into the game.
“We’ll have a look at the video and look at that second half in detail to see where we went wrong and what we need to do. France are a really good side and they showed their class the way they came back at the end.
“Canada will be exactly the same on Wednesday night; they’re going to be physical, they’re going to be quick and they’re going to want to play an expansive brand of rugby.
“All the things we didn’t get right today, we can bring to Canada. We’re going to have to be aware of their physicality but I think that if we do what we did in the first half [against France] for 80 minutes, it’s going to be very, very interesting.”
Tickets for England’s clash against Canada are still available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 847 2492) and www.quins.co.uk (0208 410 6000). Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. You can also watch the match live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.