Women's Six Nations 2015: Wales 13-0 England

By Sara OrchardBBC Sport at St Helen's, Swansea
Shona Powell-Hughes of Wales is tacked by Laura Keates and Rowena Burnfield
Wales Women's only previous win against England came in 2009
Wales 13 (3)
Tries: Catrin Edwards, Laurie Harries Pen: Laurie Harries
England 0 (0)

Wales set the Women's Six Nations alight as they beat world champions England for only the second time in their history.

After a first half that saw the Welsh edge ahead through the boot of Laurie Harries in the Swansea sunshine, prop Catrin Edwards powered over for their first try.

And following three penalty misses by England's Megan Goddard, Elinor Snowsill sent Welsh wing Laurie Harries over in the corner to seal a famous victory.

"It was absolutely amazing, it's got to be one of the most special days of my life," said Edwards. "It just showed that with some belief we can do it."

England were without 14 of their World Cup winners, with two retired and 12 playing at the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

Having been crowned world champions last year, however, they were expected to win at St Helen's.

In the first half, both sides had kicks at goal but neither England's Goddard nor Wales' Harries could capitalise on their opportunities.

Elinor Snowsill and Shona Powell-Hughes
Elinor Snowsill - celebrating here with number eight Shona Powell-Hughes - provided the kick for Laurie Harries' try

A strong maul characterised Wales' efforts, as the forwards appeared to have the better of their English counterparts.

Meanwhile, English debutant Sydney Gregson was targeted all afternoon under the many high balls sent down her left wing.

The deadlock was broken on the half-time whistle as Harries slotted from in front of the posts to give the home side a 3-0 lead.

The Welsh try came five minutes into the second half after a long period stalking the English try-line.

It was finished off by prop Edwards, who charged her way through the English defenders.

The Scarlets' tight-head prop was a towering presence throughout the match with her work in the loose.

England's Goddard saw two more penalty attempts sail wide before Wales sealed the win with a fine score.

Harries got on the end of a perfectly-weighted kick from Snowsill and raced over the line to the delight of the Swansea crowd.

Wales coach Rhys Edwards: "It was so pleasing how we conducted ourselves and closed the game out.

"They're still a formidable team and if I'm honest we really had to dig deep in defence and we knew that's been our weakness in the last couple of years.

"We had to make our tackles and I'm so pleased the girls stuck at their job and did the simple things well and kept England out."

England interim coach Nicky Ponsford: "We're obviously really disappointed by the result but I have to give credit to Wales.

"That's probably one of the best Welsh performances I've seen. They played really well today, they didn't allow us to create a platform and attack in the way we wanted to attack."

England women
England were without 14 members of their World Cup-winning squad in Swansea


Wales women: Dyddgu Hywel (Pontyclun/Scarlets); Elen Evans (Waterloo/Scarlets), Adi Taviner (Skewen/Ospreys), Gemma Rowland (London Wasps/Dragons), Laurie Harries (Llandaff North/Blues); Elinor Snowsill (Dragons), Amy Day (Llandaff North/Dragons); Caryl Thomas (Bath Ladies/Scarlets), Carys Phillips (Skewen/Ospreys), Catrin Edwards (Llandaff North/Scarlets), Rebecca Rowe (London Welsh/Dragons), Rachel Taylor (Bristol Ladies/Dragons - capt), Sian Williams (Worcester/Dragons), Sioned Harries (Whitland/Scarlets), Shona Powell-Hughes (Skewen/Ospreys).

Replacements: Amy Lawrence (Skewen/Ospreys), Jenny Davies (Caernarfon/Blues), Amy Evans (Skewen/Ospreys), Jenny Hawkins (Llandaff North/Blues), Melissa Clay (Pencoed/Ospreys), Keira Bevan (Skewen/Ospreys), Robyn Wilkins (Llandaff North/Blues), Kerin Lake (Skewen/Ospreys).

England women: Kay Wilson (Thurrock), Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Abigail Brown (Bristol), Megan Goddard (Worcester), Sydney Gregson (Bristol), Ceri Large (Worcester), La Toya Mason (VC) (Wasps), Rochelle Clark (Worcester), Emma Croker (Richmond), Laura Keates (Worcester), Tamara Taylor (capt; Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Rowena Burnfield (Richmond), Hannah Field (Richmond), Hannah Gallagher (Saracens), Alexandra Matthews (Richmond).

Replacements: Victoria Fleetwood (Saracens), Victoria Cornborough (Richmond), Justine Lucas (Lichfield), Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Harriet Millar-Mills (Waterloo), Bianca Blackburn (Worcester), Lauren Cattell (Saracens), Katie Mason (Bristol).

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