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England Women just too strong against Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday

England Women just too strong against Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday
In an historic encounter at Twickenham on Sunday, Simon Middleton’s England Women had too much power up front for the Barbarians, five tries from the pack paving the way for a 40-14 victory.

The final outcome came as no great surprise given that Middleton’s side are all full-time professionals nowadays, and the result was effectively secured by half-time with England leading 28-0.

England were certainly pragmatic on the day, with the four first half tries all coming via the pack from close range.

However, as they became a little more used to playing with each other perhaps, the Barbarians grew into the game and were a more competitive outfit after the break, scoring two good tries from Gloucester-Hartpury’s Millie Wood and New Zealand’s Fiao’o Fa’amausili.

[caption id="attachment_27095" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Millie Wood Millie Wood on her way to the line (c) Getty Images[/caption]

However, England finished the stronger and closed out the win with tries from Lark Davies and Gloucester-Hartpury’s Kelly Smith, who had seen an earlier try chalked off for a forward pass.

From a Gloucester-Hartpury perspective, Zoe Aldcroft was a powerful presence up front for England and set up a try with a nice break and offload, while Kelly Smith was a constant threat out wide. Tatyana Heard was a late replacement for the Red Roses and made one nice break in a tidy overall contribution.

Ceri Large was introduced late on for the Barbarians, but the Gloucester-Hartpury highlight was definitely Millie Wood’s second-half try.
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