Match Centre: Women's Six Nations: Wales 3-59 England

Holly Aitchison played a key role in England's win
Holly Aitchison played a key role in England's win
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Wales 3-59 England, Cardiff Arms Park

England maintained their hope of a Grand Slam as they defeated Wales 59-3 in the third round of Tik Tok Women's Six Nations tournament at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

This is their third win from as many games as they consolidated their position at the top with 15 points while Wales' chances of conquering the Triple Crown came down dashing with their first defeat of the competition.

Wales dominated the opening exchanges in terms of possession and territory but a firm England defence kept them away from scoring until the 15th minute when Keira Bevan kicked a penalty goal from the tee to start the proceedings in front a sell-out 8,862 crowd.

England eventually got their first try in the 26th minute as Lucy Packer burrowed over after a break from Abby Dow. Emma Sing on her first England start added the conversion to make it 3-7.

The red rose team dominated the end of the opening half as Holly Aitchison sent a perfect pass for Tatyana Heard to touchdown and Dow also benefitted from Aitchison's well-times pass to go over the line. Sing made the conversion on the second occasion as Simon Middleton's team went into the break with a 3-19 lead.

England extended their dominance into the second half with Aitchison burrowing over for their fourth try before Jess Breach crossed the whitewash in the 50th minute to make it 3-31.

There was no respite whatsoever for Wales as Ellie Kildunne crossed over for her first in the game and Lagi Tuima improved to make it 3-38. Wales' problems compounded as Kate Williams was yellow carded for a high tackle on Marlie Packer as Maud Muir
and Hannah Botterman diver over for the visitors making it 3-52.

England suffered a double blow in the 67th minute with Marlie Packer and May Campbell both sent to sin-bin for high tackle but despite that Wales could not capitalise on the numerical advantage and instead Sarah Beckett added another try for the red rose team to complete a comfortable victory.

Team line up:

Wales: Keight; Neumann, H Jones (capt), Bluck, Norkett; Snowsill, Bevan; Pyrs, K Jones, Tuipulotu, Fleming, G Evans, B Lewis, Callender, Harries.

Reserves: C Phillips, Hope, Hale, John, K Williams, King, F Lewis, Wilkins.

England: Sing; Breach, Tuima, Heard, Dow; Aitchison, L Packer; Carson, Davies, Bern, Aldcroft, O'Donnell, Kabeya, M Packer (capt), Matthews.

Reserves: Campbell, Botterman, Muir, Burns, Beckett, Wyrwas, McKenna, Kildunne.