The sun was shining over Twickenham Stoop for the England Ladies as they took on Italy in the second round of the Six Nations. After the previous week's disappointing loss to Wales, England were hoping to re-establish themselves against Italy and kick start their 2015 campaign in to gear.
England started well, putting pressure on the Italians and securing valuable territory. Fly-half Katy Mclean showed the skill of her developed kicking game to manoeuvre her team in to the right areas of the field. Despite early pressure and some promising phases from the hosts, the light blue shirts held firm and England were denied a number of almost-chances. To some surprise, it was Italy who scored the first try through second row Flavia Severin; the first points Italy have scored against England since 2012.
England soon got the ball rolling, if you like, culminating in first-half tries from flanker Alex Matthews after numerous building phases from the forwards, and Abbie Scott just before half time. England pressed on in the second half with a further four tries from Large, Mclean, Gallagher and Wilson respectively, giving the few thousand spectators a glimpse of the huge potential brewing in this young team.
With the final sore sitting comfortably at 39-7 in favour of the hosts, England will be pleased with the victory. They executed a controlled and dominant performance with moments of magic; a side that is rebuilding and gradually developing it's spark.