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Your News England A Women run in six tries on route to Spanish victory

England A 34 Spain 7

England A Women picked up their first win of the season on Saturday at Surrey Sports Park, beating Spain 34-7.

Braces of tries for Jane Leonard and Kay Wilson eased England to the victory which saw a strong second half performance put the game out of reach for the full international side.

England A Head Coach Mike Barnett said: This was a physical battle and we had to work hard to subdue them. The first half was a tight game but in the second half we managed to put the pressure on them, create the space and there was some really good running rugby. As the game went on we became stronger and our replacements also made a real impact. The whole squad contributed to this victory and we have certainly improved since our narrow defeat to the Nomads last month.

Our next challenge is the European Trophy in April and although this was a good win we still need to improve. These games have been a good testing ground for us and we are moving in the right direction.

Lichfield scrum half Natasha Hunt opened the score sheet for England with a try after just three minutes. Good work by Nicola Hoole to turn over the ball just outside Spains 22, and some strong work at the breakdown saw Hunt run in from 30 yards out. Richmond centre Abigail Chamberlain couldnt make the conversion.

Spain clawed their way back and took a 5-7 lead within minutes after some sustained pressure in Englands 22 saw fly half Marina Bravo Bragado brush off a couple of tackles to score under the posts. Bragado added the conversion to take the lead.

But Spains comeback was short lived and England put their noses back in front on 24 minutes with flanker Jane Leonard scoring the first of her two tries. The Lichfield player was in a good supporting position after England broke loose. Leonard backed it up well and ran in to score. With Chamberlain missing the conversion England led 10-7 with 24 minutes gone.

Richmonds Wilson wrapped up the first half with a 31st minute try. It was a long range effort which saw wing Michaela Staniford make a good break before offloading to Wilson. With Chamberlain this time adding the conversion England led 17-7 at the break.

After the restart although England had to be patient they took control and they were duly rewarded with a 65th minute try. Leonard was again in the thick of the action and a good break saw the flanker shake off two tackles to score in the corner.

Chamberlain couldnt convert but with Wilson adding her second England A had established a comfortable 27-7 lead. Bristols Marlie Packer then added Englands sixth and final try in extra time. England were as persistent as ever and managed to turn the ball over. A strong run saw the flanker shake off three tackles and score a good try. Chamberlain converted to hand England the 35-7 victory.

England

15 Kay Wilson (Richmond), 14 Sophie Nicholas (Lichfield), 13 Amber Reed (Bristol), 12 Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond), 11 Michaela Staniford (Wasps), 10 SarahMcKenna (Old Albanians), 9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield), 1 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield) C, 2 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield), 3 Charlotte Male (Bristol), 4 Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park), 5 Stacey Maguire (Lichfield), 6 Isabelle Noel Smith (Bristol), 7 Jane Leonard (Wasps), 8 NicolaHoole(Bristol). Replacements: 16 Olivia Poore(Wasps), 17 Monica Lewinska (Bristol), 18 Emily Braund (Lichfield), 19 MarliePacker (Bristol), 20 Fiona Davidson (Richmond), 21 Natasha Jones(Lichfield), 22 Ceri Large (Worcester).

Tries: Hunt, Leonard (2), Wilson (2), Packer

Conversions: Chamberlain (2)

Penalties:

Drop Goals:

Substitutions: Jones for Richardson (HT), Packer for Hoole (46), Davidson for Hunt (51), Poore for Fleetwood (51), Braund for Maguire (53), Lewinska for Male (53), Large for Reed (58)

Spain

15 Patricia Garca Rodriguez (BURDEOS R.C.), 14 Marta Lliteras Ruiz(C.R. MAJADAHONDA), 13 Brbara Pla Vegue (GETXO R.T), 12 Elisabeth Martinez Garcia (G.E. I E.G.), 11 Laura Esbri Anton (INEF BARCELONA), 10 Marina Bravo Bragado (C.R. MAJADAHONDA), 9 IsabelRodriguez Bergareche (GETXO R.T), 1 NereaOtxoa De Aspuru (GAZTEDI R.T.), 2 Aroa Gonzalez De La Concepcion (INEF BARCELONA), 3Roco Garcia Eiras (CRAT CORUNA), 4 Clara Costa Fabregas (INEF BARCELONA), 5 Aitziber Porras Conda (GAZTEDI R.T.), 6 Lia Bailan Zamora (C.R. COMPLUTENSE CISNEROS), 7 PaulaMedin Lopez (CRAT CORUNA), 8 Angela Del Pan Moruno (INEF BARCELONA). Replacements: 16 Berta Garcia Alonso (CRAT CORUNA), 17 Ana Crespo (Ramirez OLIMPICO POZUELO), 18 Ana Vanessa Rial Lopez (CRAT CORUNA), 19 Maria Carmen Sequedo Gallego (U.E. SANTBOIANA), 20 Maria Ribera (Garcia INEF BARCELONA), 21 IsabelDolera Ruiz (U.E. SANTBOIANA), 22 Amets Castrejana Fernandez (URIBEALDEA R.T).

Tries: Bravo Bragado

Conversions: Bravo Bragado

Penalties:

Drop Goals:

Half time score: England A 17 Spain 7

Referee:Claire Hodnett

Assistant Referees:Andy Ttofa and Rachel Forrest

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