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Red Roses triumph over the Barbarians in historic test at Twickenham

England Women defeated the Barbarians 40-14 in front of 17, 000 at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.

Three Bristol Bears Women were in action for England at HQ with Amber Reed returning to the Red Roses’ starting line-up for the first time in twelve months, alongside Sarah Bern, who started in the front row with Clara Nielson making her Red Roses debut as a replacement.

Elinor Snowsill lined up opposite her club team mates in the back and white hoops of the Barbarians and the fly-half was given the honour of being named vice captain of the famous club side.

What happened?

The Red Roses started the brighter of the two sides and took a commanding lead after Lark Davies crashed over the chalk off the back of a strong driving maul, before Hannah Botterman and Poppy Cleall stretched the hosts lead out further.

Davies crossed for her second of the afternoon, before Millie Wood drove her way over the line for the Barbarians’ opening score with Elinor Snowsill adding the extras

The touring side then doubled their lead when Fiao’o Fa’amausili crossed after being put through gap in the England defence by former Red Rose and Bristol star, Danielle Waterman with Snowsill again converting.

As the second half progressed the Red Roses pulled away with Lark Davies securing her hat-trick and Kelly Smith crossing for the hosts’ final try.

After wins over the Army and USA in their previous two games, the Barbarians faced their toughest test so far coming up against the Red Roses and Simon Middleton's side were clinical in their performance.

Sunday’s game was part of the preparations for the Women's Rugby Super Series which takes place later this month, with England taking on the best sides in the world - New Zealand, France, Canada and USA - in San Diego.


England Women

15. Sarah McKenna, 14. Lydia Thompson 13. Lagi Tuima, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Kelly Smith, 10. Zoe Harrison, 9. Leanne Riley; 1. Hannah Botterman, 2. Lark Davies, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Zoe Aldcroft, 5. Abbie Scott, 6. Poppy Cleall, 7. Jo Brown, 8. Sarah Hunter (C).

Replacements: 16. Clara Nielson, 17. Ellena Perry, 18. Chloe Edwards, 19. Rosie Galligan, 20. Rowena Burnfield, 21.Claudia MacDonald, 22. Tatyana Heard, 23. Carys Williams.

Barbarians FC

15 Danielle Waterman, 14 Jasmine Joyce, 13 Emily Wood, 12 Sene Naoupu, 11 Tova Derk, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Kristina Sue; 1 Rochelle Clark, 2 Fiao’o Fa’amausili, 3 Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, 4 Carmen Farmer, 5 Dalena Dennison, 6 Justine Lavea, 7 Claire Molloy, 8 Linda Itunu (C).

Replacements:16 Heather Kerr, 17 Laura Keates, 18 Gaelle Mignot, 19 Tamara Taylor, 20 Georgina Gulliver, 21 Hannah Casey, 22 Ceri Large, 23 Kayla Ahki.