On Sunday 9th February, England Women attempted to follow in their male counterparts' footsteps and deliver victory in Wales. With a depleted squad through injury, retirement and the requirements of the 7's Circuit in Brazil, it was a young but promising team that stepped out on to pitch for their opening game.
With fourteen absent world cup winners and three new caps in the starting line up, England were perhaps not the strongest team on paper when compared with Wales, but were still expected to win at St Helens. However, the hosts kept England scoreless to the final whistle with a confidence that the visitors could not find an answer to. At only 3-0 at the half-time break, it was clearly set to be a close and fraught encounter between the two sides with missed opportunities coming back to haunt England.
The final score was 13-0 to the hosts, making this only the second time to have beaten England in their history and setting them in good stead for the rest of the 6 Nations. England, although disappointed with their performance, will look at the positives that they can take from the game and look forward to their encounter with Italy next week on the back of strong individual performances from a young and promising group.