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7 Nov 2023

Double Delight at Headingley for England

Double Delight at Headingley for England

English dominance was the theme of Saturday afternoon at Headingley with England Women defeating Wales, before England Men defeated Tonga in the final test.

The action got underway at midday with England Women facing off against Wales, an opponent they have faced three times in recent years.

Amy Hardcastle got the break through with a double, before Shona Hoyle barged over from close range after a Jodie Cunningham offload.

Hardcastle was involved again before the break, the centre made a break and was hauled down just short of the line. Caitlin Beevers scooted over from the play the ball immediately after that tackle. England headed into half-time with a 20-0 lead.

The second half started with a quick Tara Jane Stanley try within two minutes.

York Valkyrie teammate, Lacey Owen was the next on the scoresheet. Owen scoring with 10 minutes of entering the field on her England debut.

Georgia Roche skipped through the defence to score, before further tries were added by Stanley, Tamzin Renouf and Keara Bennett. 

The 60-0 victory was completed when Emily Rudge scored inside the final minute.

On to the second game, quick hands keeping the ball alive saw Ben Currie open the scoring.

Harry Newman produced an offload to send Matty Ashton over for his three try in two appearances.

A penalty before the break from Harry Smith saw England head into half-time with a 14-0 lead.

On his final England appearance, Elliott Whitehead scored after supporting a break by Tom Johnstone.

More joy was found down the left edge, as Johnstone found space again. The ball was kept alive before Smith put in a cross-field kick which found Newman and the Leeds Rhinos man found his way over the try line.

Tonga hit back, but it was unable to ruin the day as England held on to the 26-4 success.