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Gloucester-Hartpury players tackle the weather as well as opponents on Six Nations duty

Gloucester-Hartpury Women's News

11 February 2020

Duncan Wood

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Mo Hunt (Photo by Ian MacNicol - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Storm Ciara had an impact on the Women’s Six Nations this weekend, and the Gloucester-Hartpury players representing England and Wales certainly had to cope with some testing conditions.

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Sunday saw Wales Women travel to take on Ireland at Energia Park with Gloucester-Hartpury’s Cerys Hale and Kelsey Jones starting for Wales, with Bethan Lewis named amongst the replacements.

Tries from Beibhinn Parsons, Cliodhna Moloney, Lauren Delaney, Linda Djougang and a penalty try secured a bonus point 29-12 victory for the Irish while Claire Keohane kicked four points.

The visitors scored two tries of their own courtesy of Lauren Smyth and captain Siwan Lillicrap with Robyn Wilkins contributing two points from the kicking tee.

Ireland have a 100% win record following the first two rounds of action, while Wales are still looking for their first victory.

Scotland’s home game against England was scheduled to take place in Glasgow on Sunday, but because of the extreme weather on Sunday was moved to Edinburgh on Monday, where it was played behind closed doors at the national stadium.

However, the weather conditions deteriorated rapidly at Murrayfield and the freezing conditions were responsible for plenty of handling errors from both teams and the players were forced to warm their hands on bottles of hot water during breaks in the play.

Sarah Bern, Jess Breach and Abbie Dow, who sprinted 50 metres for a superb try, put England 22-0 up at half-time. But countless other scoring chances were fumbled away by freezing fingers.

Emily Scott (two), Dow, Sarah Hunter and Claudia MacDonald scored in the second half despite heavy snow.

England top the table with nine points after two rounds of action, level on points with Ireland, but enjoying a vastly superior points difference. The two teams meet on Sunday 23 February.

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