Kay Wilson powers England to 56-5 win in World Cup opener

Kay Wilson ran in four tries for England Women
Kay Wilson ran in four tries for England Women

England Women 56 - 5 Spain Women
UCD Bowl, Dublin

Kay Wilson scored four tries as England started their title defence with a 56-5 triumph over Spain in the Women's World Cup opener at UCD Bowl in Dublin.

Megan Jones crossed over in the first minute for England while fly-half Katy McLean slotted the penalty to take them to 7-0 lead which soon became 14-0 after Wilson strolled past the post in the fourth minute.

England continued their dominance as Wilson scored two more tries and McLean got her conversions right on both the occassions as the defending champions scored 28 unanswered points.

Diana Gasso managed to get Spain off the mark at the stroke of half time but Patricia Garcia missed out on the conversion as they ended the first half with a trail of 23 points.

Emily Scarratt came from the bench at the start of the second half and it took her just two minutes to score England's fifth try while Wilson, Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews, Amy Cokayne and Lydia Thompson also went past the line. Spain failed to add any point in the final 40 minutes as they succumbed to a 51 point defeat.

England will take on Italy next while Spain will lock horns with USA with both matches scheduled to be played on 13th August in Dublin.