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Women's Six Nations Review: Round 1

A thrilling opening weekend of the Women's Six Nations with wins for Bristol Ladies representatives in England Women, Ireland Women and Wales Women teams.

Scotland 15-22 Ireland

Friday, February 3rd at Broadwood Stadium.

Bristol Ladies Claire Molloy and the Irish team were pushed hard on Friday night, as Scotland threatened a surprise victory but in the end a late converted try from Jenny Murphy proved decisive in the success.

Back-rower Paula Fitzpatrick was filling in as skipper for the injured Niamh Briggs and admitted there is plenty to work on before next week's trip to Italy.

Italy 8-20 Wales

Saturday, February 4th at Stadio Pacifico Carotti. 

The game saw the Bristol Ladies quartette; Elinor Snowsill, Caryl Thomas, Sian Moore and the captain Carys Phillips take to the field as Wales extended their unbeaten run under Rowland Phillips to five, running in three tries away to Italy.

Bristol's Carys Phillips, was one of the try-scorers, but the key to the win for her was the defensive effort.

"Our commitment in defence, particularly in our 22, probably won us the game. Italy kept on coming at us so we had to empty the tank trying to keep them out, " said Phillips. 

"Our backs had to defend just as hard as the forwards at times, which shows how much of a threat Italy can be."

England 26-13 France

Saturday, February 4th at Twickenham Stadium.

It was the most Bristol Ladies players there have ever been in an England side as eight Westcountry stars pulled on the white jersey. 

England managed to overcome a 13-point half-time deficit to down France, with Emily Scarratt kicking 16 points.

Bristol duo, Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson Hardy scored the England tries after the break, which got the home side back into the game.

A stronger start will be needed in their next game against Wales if they are to fulfil their potential.

PIC: Bristol Ladies Danielle 'Nolli' Waterman showed her pace and strength to crash over in the corner to score against France in England's opening game of the Six Nations. 

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