England Women put Wales Women to the sword at Headingley as they ran out 60-0 winners in the first of the International triple header in Leeds.
Amy Hardcastle and Tara-Jane Stanley grabbed braces, but these were just some of the 11 tries scored by the hosts in a dominant display from Stuart Barrow’s side.
Wales would make a bright start, with two early chances; but England made them pay for those missed opportunities as Amy Hardcastle crossed the whitewash in the eighth minute.
A sweeping move to the left edge ended up in the powerful Leeds Rhinos player’s hands, and she made no mistake as she dotted down to score the opening try. Tara-Jane Stanley added the extras and the hosts led by six.
Hardcastle would grab her second try just 10 minutes later.
NRLW star Georgia Roche was on hand to send her through a gaping hole in the Welsh defensive line, and she coasted in to score. Stanley made it two from two off the tee and the home side were 12 points to the good.
England would add their third try of the afternoon in the 23rd minute, as Shona Hoyle crashed over from short range to score under the sticks. Jayne-Stanley slotted the easy conversion to make it 16-0 to England.
A mistake directly from the kick-off gave Wales the chance to instantly respond to Hoyle’s try; but an excellent tackle by Caitlin Beavers on the right edge stopped the attack dead in its tracks.
Wales would gain the numerical advantage, as Vicky Molyneux was sent to the bin for a high shot on Brogan Evans. The visitors would pile on the pressure on England, but once again were left rueing missed opportunities as England made the next dent in the scoreboard.
Hardcastle broke from deep in her own half, and if it wasn’t for the defensive effort of Leanne Burrell she could have completed her hat-trick. Fortunately for England though, Caitlin Beavers would dive over from the ruck to score. Stanley was unable to add the conversion, but England headed into the sheds 20-0 up.
England got off to the perfect start in the second 40, as Stanley scored a try of her own.
The York full-back sent Welsh defenders into a daze as she danced around them to score. She was also on hand to convert her own try to make it 26-0.
England would continue the rout as Lacey Owen crossed out wide on her international debut. A great miss-pass from Stanley found Owen in space and she waltzed over for his first England try. Stanley couldn’t add the extras, but England were up by 30.
NRLW star Georgia Roche would be the next name on the scoreboard, as she scored a brilliant solo try on her Headingley return.
Tara-Jane Stanley grabbed her second try of the afternoon-and England’s seventh-in the 60th minute, as she powered through the Welsh defenders to score. She would again be on hand to convert her own try as she pushed England out to a 42-0 lead.
England were already running away with the game at this point, but the scoring would continue as Tamzin Renouf got her name on the scoresheet.
Great play from England found the ball in Amy Hardcastle’s hands, and she could have easily completed her hat-trick, but unselfishly put they try on a plate for her centre partner. Stanley again added the extras to make it 48-0 to the hosts.
England would score their tenth try of the afternoon as Keara Bennett would cross under the sticks. Stanley again knocked over the kick, making it 54-0.
The scoring wouldn’t end there, as Emily Rudge burst through the line to score England’s 11th try in the last play of the game. Stanley’s conversion on the hooter split the uprights, rounding off a brilliant 60-0 win for England.