FORMER Ellingham & Ringwood youngster Poppy Cleall was a second-half replacement during England’s emphatic 56-5 win over Spain in their opening pool match at the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.
Cleall, who also used to play for Wimborne, came on for Abbie Scott in the 71st minute as the Red Roses produced an entertaining attacking performance against the eighth-ranked team in the world.
England scored 10 tries with a score from Megan Jones and a hat-trick from Kay Wilson giving them a 24-5 half-time lead at the UCD Bowl in Dublin. Spain crossed just before the break after a quick tap penalty.
Replacement Emily Scarratt scored two minutes into the second half, with Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews, Amy Cokayne, Lydia Thompson and a fourth from Wilson putting England past the 50-point mark.
It was a 10th Test win in a row for England as they got off to a winning start in Dublin, with Italy and USA still to come.
Head coach Simon Middleton said: “Full credit to Spain, they never stopped coming at us and that is a taste of what we are going to get in every game. The score doesn’t reflect how well they played.
“In the first half, we didn’t match their work rate, we made a few too many errors with the ball and were a little bit too impatient.
“We talked at half-time about playing to our processes a bit more, working hard and working to create better opportunities and we did that.
“I was really pleased as we developed through the game which is a good sign. It’s a great start for us and there is plenty more to come.’
England captain Sarah Hunter said: “We’re really happy to get a good win under our belts and get the first game done.
“Spain came at us and caused problems at times.
“We had to really dig in but it’s pleasing to get a run-out. There is certainly a lot for us to look back at and improve on for our next game.”
Source : BournemouthEcho