English unplayable, nothing to do for the blue
England to say the least overflowing at Lanfranchi. Despite the game all in all in the safe after the first half hour, the reigning champions showed off a very high level performance, imposing a crazy pace for the whole 80 minutes against an Italy that did what it could, but she was sentenced to a heavy score also because of too many mistakes, not all forced. Of course, against an opponent like this there is little to do, but 74-0 hurts. Now we just have to put this match on file, as soon as possible, and think about the challenges that will come, those in which the result will really count.
England starts strong. He wins the first scrum and goes into touch in the 22, on the next maul he earns another free kick and plays it for a penaltouche at 5 meters. The drive is stopped by the blue, but they are all absorbed and allow a sensational passage to the left for McKenna who goes to mark practically undisturbed.
Italy wasted two opportunities in attack, with two missed throw-ins, and found themselves again under pressure from the English. Sillari saves with an amazing grillotalpa, but he does not go away from 22, then Stefan loses a playing time in the freeing of the ball, Madia serves that under pressure he stops the football. A 2 against 1 is created with Thompson who escapes Muzzo’s tackle and marks the second try.
The third goal, which arrives at 22 ‘, still arises from suffering in an ordered melee. The English go into touch and the maul does the rest of the work, finalized by Lark Davies: 17-0. The guests maintain a frenzied pace to say the least, but the blue unfortunately put their own effort into it with a series of errors in liberation. In fact, you never leave your own half field, and again on the development of a penaltouche comes the fourth goal: Brown scores, who crowns a great match in an orderly scrum with the bonus marking.
Despite the goal achieved, the English do not take their foot off the accelerator: they attack straight by straight, they continually test a blue defense that continues to do what it can, and at 35 ‘they score the fifth goal with Matthews. Bettoni is forced to leave the field to Vecchini prematurely. In the first half final, Italy has the first real chance: Giordano creates a splendid hole for Rigoni’s race that reaches 22 opponents, then Madia opts for a kick that ends up giving the ball to the English.
Foot on the board also in the second half: England quickly goes up the field, puts it on the physical level with the forwards and at the right moment spreads on Thompson, who burns on the Ostuni Minuzzi shot and scores the sixth goal, the second personal. At 48 ′ Vicky Fleetwood takes away the satisfaction, just entered, of marking the seventh English goal, once again from drive. So does Sarah Bern, who as soon as she enters she pulls out a monstrous acceleration – on the development of the umpteenth throw-in missed by the blue – and goes 48-0.
At 62 ‘there is the debut of Francesca Barro, who takes the place of a limping Maris, and at 64’ Sing marks again for 55-0. At 68 ‘Rowland invents a masterpiece five-a-side football for Scarratt, who flies between the posts. Rigoni is booked for repeated fouls, and in 14 it becomes even more difficult. McKenna finds his personal brace in the 74th minute, and the 74-0 mark with Thompson also arrives in time.
Italy: 15 Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi, 14 Aura Muzzo, 13 Michela Sillari, 12 Beatrice Rigoni, 11 Maria Magatti, 10 Veronica Madia, 9 Sofia Stefan, 8 Elisa Giordano (c), 7 Isabella Locatelli, 6 Francesca Sberna, 5 Giordana Duca, 4 Sara Tounesi, 3 Lucia Gai, 2 Melissa Bettoni, 1 Gaia Maris
Available: 16 Vittoria Vecchini, 17 Francesca Barro, 18 Sara Seye, 19 Valeria Fedrighi, 20 Beatrice Veronese, 21 Sara Barattin, 22 Alyssa D’Incà, 23 Manuela Furlan
England: 15. Ellie Kildunne, 14. Lydia Thompson, 13. Holly Aitchison, 12. Helena Rowland, 11. Sarah McKenna, 10. Zoe Harrison, 9. Natasha Hunt; 8. Poppy Cleall (c), 7. Sadia Kabeya, 6. Alex Matthews, 5. Abbie Ward, 4. Rosie Galligan, 3. Shaunagh Brown, 2. Lark Davies, 1. Vickii Cornborough
On hand: 16. Connie Powell, 17. Maud Muir, 18. Sarah Bern, 19. Sarah Hunter, 20. Vicky Fleetwood, 21. Lucy Packer, 22. Emily Scarratt, 23. Emma Sing
Destinations: McKenna 5 ′, 74 ′, Thompson 15 ′, 43 ′, 80 ′ Davies 22 ′, Brown 28 ′, Matthews 35 ′, Fleetwood 48 ′, Bern 52 ′, Sing 66 ′, Scarratt 68 ′
Transformations: Harrison 6 ′, 29 ′, 46 ′, Rowland 53 ′, 66 ′ 69 ′, 75 ′
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