Match Report

2019 Motorplus Autumn Series

16 November 2019 • KO 16:00

20 v 24

Ruskin Drive, St Helens

Attendance: 425

Referee : Sam Houghton

Match Stats
4   Tries   5
2   Conversions   2
0   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   0

Match Report

England Lions

Wales Women fought hard for an historic first win in only their second match, beating England Lions 24-20 in St Helens on Saturday.

The England side, whilst playing in their first match together as their first team were in Papua New Guinea, were far more experienced individually, as for most of the Wales players, it was only their third, fourth or fifth game of rugby league ever, making their win even more special.

 
England got off to a good start after capitalising on a knock-on. Michelle Davis ran through to score with Leanne Johnson converting.

Wales hit back on 14 minutes. Skipper Rafiuke Taylor scored in the corner with Kathryn Salter just missing the tricky kick.

England extended their advantage to 12-4 on 20 minutes after Leanne Harvey scored to the left of the sticks with Michelle Davis converting.

Wales scored again when Taylor scored a fantastic individual try, scoring under the sticks so Salter could easily convert.

But England went into the break with a 16-10 lead after Emma Templeton scored in the corner.

Wales opened the second half well when Zoe Lewis caught a cross-field kick to score in the corner. Salter’s conversion attempt hit the crossbar and bounced out.

And after England had a try disallowed for a knock-on, Waes took the lead for the first team. It was a good length of the field set, culminating in Shaunni Davies scooting round a couple of England players to run under the posts. Salter converted to put Wales 20-16 up.

England continued to look for a try back, but Wales’ defence was holding firm. Samantha Hulme looked for her winger with a sneaky grubber, but the ball drifted into touch. It was similar at the other end after Leanne Burnell’s kick was too long for anyone to run onto.

Then Davies took advantage of a loose ball to race for the line to put Wales eight points up. Salter’s conversion attempt just drifted wide.

Sarina Tamou scored an unconverted try in the corner with two minutes remaining to give England hope but in the end, Wales held on for their historic victory.

Team Lists and Scoring Information

England Lions Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Michelle Davis 1 1 6
2 Leanne Johnson 1 2
3 Olivia Cummins
4 Emma Templeton 1 4
5 Charlize Magraw
6 Emily Stirzaker
7 Mairead Quinn
8 Keira McCosh
9 Isabel Bibby
10 Rachael Barker
11 Rebekah Wilson
12 Sarina Tamou 1 4
13 Lauren Harvey 1 4
Substitute
14 Dani Bound
15 Samantha Hulme
16 Celia Farrimond
17 Paige Webster
18 Leah Cottier
19 Jodie Crawford
Wales Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Kathryn Salter 2 4
2 Zoe Lewis 1 4
3 Rafiuke Taylor (c) 2 8
4 Seren Gough-Walters
5 Savannah Ledsam
6 Shaunni Davies 2 8
7 Leanne Burnell
8 Emily Hughes
9 Jess Wallington
10 Vicky Lea
11 Lauren Aitken
12 Rebecca Llewellyn Ennis
13 Megan Oaten
Substitute
14 Kim Jones
15 Charlie Mundy
16 Joeann McGuire
17 Karla Benjamin
18 Rhian Stephens
19 Stacey Wright
Time Score Player Team Action
2 0 - 4 Michelle Davis England Lions Try
3 0 - 6 Leanne Johnson England Lions Conversion
13 4 - 6 Rafiuke Taylor Wales Try
14 4 - 6 Kathryn Salter Wales Missed Conversion
19 4 - 10 Lauren Harvey England Lions Try
20 4 - 12 Michelle Davis England Lions Conversion
24 8 - 12 Rafiuke Taylor Wales Try
25 10 - 12 Kathryn Salter Wales Conversion
38 10 - 16 Emma Templeton England Lions Try
39 10 - 16 Michelle Davis England Lions Missed Conversion
52 14 - 16 Zoe Lewis Wales Try
53 14 - 16 Kathryn Salter Wales Missed Conversion
59 18 - 16 Shaunni Davies Wales Try
59 20 - 16 Kathryn Salter Wales Conversion
71 24 - 16 Shaunni Davies Wales Try
72 24 - 16 Kathryn Salter Wales Missed Conversion
76 24 - 20 Sarina Tamou England Lions Try
77 24 - 20 Michelle Davis England Lions Missed Conversion