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VIDEO – Scarratt sets sights on strong finish

24 February 2014

  • Full back wants another win over Wales 
  • Scarratt looks forward to next fixture at The Stoop

Emily Scarratt has called for England Women to capitalise on the momentum of their second consecutive Six Nations win over Ireland on Saturday evening at Twickenham with a strong finish to the tournament.

Gary Street’s charges squeezed past the reigning champions with a 17-10 triumph, featuring tries from Sarah Hunter, Kay Wilson and replacement Marlie Packer.

Emily Scarratt

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Scarratt earned the player of the match award for a fine display of carrying that caused numerous problems in the Irish defence, but the Lichfield centre preferred to focus on an impressive effort from England as a collective.

“I’m thrilled,” she said. “We really needed to go out there and get a result because we didn’t really start the Six Nations the way we wanted to. Now it’s really important that we kick on and get on with what’s left. 

“You’d want to win every game by 40 points of course, but international rugby isn’t like that – Ireland won the Grand Slam last year. Of course we’ll take 17-10. It’s about our performance as well and we know we’ve got a lot more to come, which is good.”

A loss over The Channel in their opening fixture means England must rely on other results to regain the Six Nations title – Les Bleus beat Wales 27-0 this weekend to stay in the hunt for a clean sweep.

After hailing the “huge occasion” of playing at Twickenham after the men’s fixture, Scarratt finished by reinforcing the importance of producing two decent performances to finish the competition – first against Wales at The Stoop on March 7, and then in Italy a week later.

“We’ve got to look at what we can control, and that is turning up next weekend against Wales and the following weekend against Italy. Obviously we hope France slip up along the way, but we can’t control that.

“At home you get the support and the familiarity of playing at the places you’re used to playing at. We have a good record of playing at The Stoop in the World Cup and in the autumn, so it’ll be nice to get back there.”