England’s Jessica Breach scores six tries on debut in rout of Canada

first_imgShare on Twitter England’s Sarah Hunter lauds RFU match fee decision as squad to face Canada is named Share on LinkedIn Gloucester Share on Pinterest Read more The Harlequins winger Breach raced over on England’s left on three occasions as she completed a hat-trick in the opening half-hour. Rachael Burford also scored early on and Abigail Dow touched down under the posts a minute before half-time as England took a 29-0 lead at the interval.Breach added her fourth try, bursting through the middle of the visiting defence, and after Amy Cokayne crossed the line, the 20-year-old grabbed her fifth in the corner.Marlie Packer touched down before Cindy Nelles scored from close range to get Canada on the board in the 61st minute but Dow added her second soon afterwards before Breach collected a high ball and surged over for her sixth.Rochelle Clark ran in England’s 12th try before Breach set up her fellow debutante Ellie Kildunne to finish the try-scoring in the first of the three-match series.As well as Breach, there were seven uncapped players in England’s matchday squad, with Breach and Dow the two starters on each wing. Caity Mattinson, Kildunne, Zoe Harrison, Shaunagh Brown and Hannah Botterman came off the bench to make their international debuts at Saracens’ home ground.Saracens squander lead as Gloucester battle back to winIt was a less satisfying night for Saracens themselves, though, as Mark McCall’s men let slip an eight-point lead to lose 23-17 to Gloucester at Kingsholm.The visitors dominated the first half and scored the game’s opening try in the 53rd minute through Schalk Brits but Ollie Thorley and Tom Hudson crossed in the final quarter to secure victory for Gloucester, who move up to third in the table. Billy Twelvetrees converted both tries and kicked three penalties while Alex Lozowski kicked nine points and Ben Spencer landed a late penalty for Saracens.The leaders were able to include George Kruis and Lozowski after both were released from the England squad, but the No8 Jackson Wray was a late withdrawal with a neck injury.Twelvetrees put Gloucester in front with a penalty after eight minutes but this was soon nullified by one from Lozowski. The opening 15-minute period was disjointed as the referee, the former Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson, marked his Premiership debut by awarding a succession of penalties. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Premiershipcenter_img England women’s rugby union team Rugby union Topics news Saracens Lozowski could have given his side an advantage but was off-target with a 30-metre drop goal attempt, but moments later his penalty gave Saracens a 6-3 lead after 18 minutes. Saracens were in control at this stage.Resolute defending from Gloucester kept the visitors out but a minute before the interval Lozowski knocked over his third kick for a deserved 9-3 half-time lead.After the restart Gloucester raised their game to compete with the intensity levels of the visitors and were rewarded with a second penalty from Twelvetrees. The hosts then took off their captain, Will Heinz, in favour of the more attacking youngster Ben Vellacott but it did not pay immediate dividends as a burst fromBurger set up the first try of the game for Brits. Twelvetrees kept his side in contention with a third penalty to reduce the deficit to 14-9 going into the final 20 minutes.A clever inter-play from Vellacott and Andy Symons took the home side into Saracens’ 22 before a well-judged kick from Burns put in Thorley to collect and score. An excellent touchline conversion from Twelvetrees put his team ahead for the first time.They completed a remarkable turnaround when Vellacott sent Hudson in under the posts before Spencer’s last-minute penalty secured a bonus point for Saracens. Share on Messenger Women’s rugby union Share on Facebook The debutant Jessica Breach scored six tries as England’s women marked a milestone match with an emphatic victory against Canada.The Red Roses, in their first game since the Rugby Football Union confirmed the team would receive match fees for the first time, ran in 13 tries at Allianz Park. Read more Support The Guardianlast_img

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