England Women beat Wales Women 20pts-13 at the Stoop on 12 March. Importantly this was a first with four Services’ player in the mix, a clear indication as to where the Armed Forces’ women’s game is today
On balance an England victory was a reasonable result. They had the run of play, were keen to trigger contact, soak up the defences and attack out wide. Wales were always in the hunt and certainly in broken play where the Welsh scavengers were quick to exploit England’s lack of numbers and occasionally fractured defences.
Within that general picture Bethan Dainton [RA] had an excellent game on the Wales right wing. With England moving the ball wide Bethan came under a lot of pressure. Alert and quick into the tackle her defence was robust and very positive. The women seldom produce big hits—but Bethan made her presence felt at many crucial points in the game. Frequently she stepped into the No9 slot to maintain an attack.
Bee Dawson [AGC/RMP] came off the bench to shore up a tiring England scrum which she did with great presence. She is now probably England’s foremost scrummager in the front row.
Gemma Rowland [RA], a late replacement, did not come off the bench
The fourth member of the ’Quad’ was Sian Williams [RAF] – old friend and adversary who had a great game at No7 for Wales.