Match Report


Ellie Kildunne and Jess Breach
England scored eight tries against Scotland to keep the momentum of their Guinness Women's Six Nations title defence in full flow with a 46-0 win in Edinburgh.

John Mitchell's Red Roses were in emphatic form north of the border as Ellie Kildunne and Jess Breach both scored braces.

Amy Cokayne, Abby Dow, Sadia Kabeya and Marlie Packer were also on the scoresheet as the defending champions survived a second half red card for Cokayne.


After the anthems were sung in the sleet and rain of Edinburgh, the Red Roses set their foundations deep in Scottish territory.

Scotland were unable to prevent their visitors mounting attack after attach and were soon in front with scarcely seven minutes on the clock as Cokayne darted across the whitewash.

Holly Aitchison was unable to convert her hooker's score out wide and had similar issues Dow scored in the corner on the 12-minute mark.

With a strong platform created by the set-piece, England moved from left to right serenely, with Kabeya's pass in contact to Dow the final piece of the puzzle.

It was not all easy going for England though. Maud Muir looked to have scored in the 29th minute following a strong series of carries, only for the try to be ruled out and Cokayne shown yellow for a dangerous clearout.

As the sideways rain subsided, England's confidence only grew in spite of the numerical disadvantage and this could no more be seen than in Kildunne's score six minutes from half-time.

Camped outside Scotland's 22m, Aitchison kicked the ball low with Meg Jones in hot pursuit. Drawing out dark blue jerseys, Jones tapped the ball inside to her full-back, who dotted down beneath the posts and allowed Aitchison to open her account for the afternoon.


Four minutes into the second half, England had their bonus point.

Scrumming five metres out from Scotland's try line, Mo Hunt attempted to snipe down the open side but had her attempt foiled at the foot of the posts.

With England's pack still advancing, Kabeya cannily gathered the ball from her scum-half and followed her fellow forwards over the whitewash to place down.

Shortly after the bonus point, Breach scored her first try of the afternoon. A fantastic team score mounted from a scrum, the 26-year old went over in the corner after Hunt, Aitchison, Tatyana Heard and Dow all got their hands on the ball.

Despite having a comfortable lead, the final 25 minutes for England had just 14 players on the pitch.

Shown a second yellow card by Clara Munarini for an upright tackle, Cokayne had to watch on as her England teammates saw off Scotland and stay on top of the Guinness Women's Six Nations table.


Undeterred by being a player down and with the wind in their sails, England continued to pressure Scotland and reaped the rewards for their dominance.

First was a brilliant individual score for Breach, followed up by another score for Player of the Match Kildunne as the Red Roses carried on finding space to attack, and Packer's late score was a mere flourish.