In Bedford, England and Italy close their international autumn with a challenge that will resurface next March 15, in that of Padua, in the context of the Six Nations 2020.
The match opens with a good blue defensive track, during which, however, Isabella Locatelli hurts her left shoulder, and is forced to leave the field to Lucia Cammarano. England continues to attack with a series of charges in the 22 of the Italian teams, which place, however, another superb defense on a multiphase opponent, with Sillari and Magatti taking a throw-in, a step away from the line, Abbey Dow. At 6 ', almost inevitably, comes the first British shot: touche on the 5 meters and driving maul powerful, materialized by Vicky Fleetwood, who stamps the 5-0.
Italy, decidedly brighter than in the L'Aquila race, immediately went on the attack and forced the English defense into two consecutive professional fouls on the 22-meter line. One of which, square, is targeted by Michela Sillari, for 5-3 at 13 '. Gavanisation of the marking, the Italians place great defense on the advancing maul of the English, in the red zone, forcing a precious turnover. At 20 ', however, the team of Di Giandomenico again capitulates: after a series of corrosive Pick'n'go, with the charges of Brown and Botterman to unhinge the host defense, Marlie Packer goes further just in the middle of the posts, for the 10-3, before Scarratt's transformation (12-3, to 21 ′)
Italy defends with extraordinary energy, but, in order to keep up, it is forced to spend several professional fouls, which allow the English to easily climb the field up to about 5 meters. At 24 ′ this way, the third goal arrives, still driving, with Heather Kerr crushing the oval, for 17-3.
Around the middle of the first fraction, the Italians work with quality in melee, practically never going into trouble, and gaining, at 34 ′, also a free kick, whistled against Botterman. It seems we can go to the long break on the 17-3, with Elisa Giordano (the captain's big race) and her companions more and more at ease on the pitch, but the fourth goal arrives at the last second. Wonderful distribution, with the front of attack changed a couple of times, right left and then left right, up to two against one played wonderfully by Fleetwood with Dow, who stamps the flag, for the 22-3 with which you go in the locker room . To make the difference, in the first 45 ', it is above all the superb legs of McKenna and Scarratt, always able to generate havoc in the Italian defense, thanks to an extraordinary electricity in one against one.
In the second half, the blue start, in defense, is noteworthy, at least up to 50 ', when Harrison activates Scarratt's luxurious race, which finds the hole with a large corner of entry and flies in half between the poles. Then it turns for 29-3 to 51 ′.
The blue match, in fact, closes there, because after the yellow in Cammarano (57 ′), and the pit stop in the front line (Bern's entrance changes the landscape in melee), England accelerates in a powerful way, marking other five goals in the last 20 '(for the 60-3 final), with Kerr (double), Cokayne and Marston (plus a penalty try), all born from static phases within the 22 blues.
A race, therefore, very similar to that of March, with the Italians playing at their best for 50 ', leaving behind the afternoon of L'Aquila, before yielding in the presence of technical and physical quality and structural depth of the British.
The match report of England v Italy
England: 15 Sarah McKenna, 14 Abby Dow, 13 Emily Scarratt (vc), 12 Emily Scott, 11 Claudia MacDonald, 10 Zoe Harrison, 9 Natasha Hunt, 8 Sarah Hunter (c), 7 Vicky Fleetwood, 6 Marlie Packer, 5 Zoe Aldcroft, 4 Poppy Cleall, 3 Shaunagh Brown, 2 Heather Kerr, 1 Hannah Botterman.
Available: 16 Amy Cokayne, 17 Ellena Perry, 18 Sarah Bern, 19 Sarah Beckett, 20 Rownita Marston, 21 Leanne Riley, 22 Katy Daley-Mclean, 23 Jess Breach.
goals: Fleetwood (4 ′), Packer (20 ′), Kerr (25 ′, 60 ′), Dow (38 ′), Scarratt (51 ′), Cokayne (63 ′), penalty try (69 ′), Marston ( 75 ′) Bern (78 ′)
transformations: Scarratt (21 ′, 50 ′, 61 ′), Harrison (63 ′)
Italy: 15 Sara Barattin, 14 Maria Magatti, 13 Michela Sillari, 12 Beatrice Rigoni, 11 Camilla Sarasso, 10 Micol Cavina, 9 Sofia Stefan, 8 Elisa Giordano (c), 7 Giada Franco, 6 Isabella Locatelli, 5 Giordana Duca, 4 Valeria Fedrighi , 3 Lucia Gai, 2 Melissa Bettoni, 1 Silvia Turani.
Available: 6 Giulia Cerato, 17 Michela Merlo, 18 Sara Tounesi, 19 Valentina Ruzza, 20 Lucia Cammarano, 21 Francesca Sgorbini, 22 Laura Paganini, 23 Beatrice Capomaggi.
punishments: Sillari (12 ′)
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