- England - Tries: Breach 6, Burford, Dow 2, Cokayne, Packer, Clark, Kildunne. Cons: Reed 5, Harrison 2.
- Canada - Tries: Nelles.
Red Roses wing Jessica Breach scored six tries on her debut as England beat Canada 79-5 in their 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series opener at Allianz Park.
In their first game since the Women’s Rugby World Cup final, England put in a dominant performance as they ran in 13 tries in North London.
With her first touch in international rugby, Harlequins Ladies wing Breach showed a superb burst of pace out wide to score in the corner for the opening points.
After Rachel Burford crossed, Breach scored her second and third in quick succession and Abbie Dow also scored a try on debut as England led 29-0 at the break.
In a game that was live streamed on England Rugby’s Facebook page, they scoring continued in the second half as Breach got three more scores, Dow got a second along with tries from Amy Cokayne, Marlie Packer, Rochelle Clark, and Ellie Kildunne, another debutant, while Cindy Nelles got Canada’s consolation score.
Into the Breach
Quins wing Breach made a dream start to life at international level when she took a pass out on the left wing to score with her first touch.
The 20-year-old, who is the top scorer in the Tyrrells Premier 15s with 12, added a second after 21 minutes in the same spot and completed her hat-trick eight minutes later when put through in space.
She scored her fourth minutes into the second half after hitting an excellent line off the back of a scrum when No 8 Poppy Cleall fed her the ball. She showed strength and a wonderful step for a fifth before gathering a loose high ball for her sixth and an individual haul of 30 points on the night.
It caps an incredible week for Breach who has scored 10 tries in all, after she scored four for her club side on Saturday in their 43-5 win over Richmond.
As well as Breach, there were seven uncapped players in the matchday squad, with Breach and Dow the two starters on each wing.
Caity Mattinson, Ellie Kildunne, Zoe Harrison, Shaunagh Brown and Hannah Botterman came off the bench to make their international debuts as Simon Middleton blooded a number of new players.
Breach, Dow and Kildunne all scored on their debuts and looked dangerous whenever they had the ball in hand.
130 not out
At the other end of the experience stakes, England's all-time record cap holder Rochelle Clark came on in the second half for the 130th appearance.
The prop, better known as Rocky, broke Jason's Leonard's England cap record a year ago and continues to play at the highest level at the age of 36.
Her close range try in the second half was her 23rd for her country, contributing an incredible 115 points during her 14-year career at the highest level that has included playing in four Women's Rugby World Cups.
England head coach Simon Middleton: “I’m thrilled really as we wanted to get some certain things out of the game and we got them tonight.
“Particularly our defence, I know it’s easy when you score nearly 80 points but that is a big work on as we weren’t good enough at the World Cup.
“Some of our attacking play was great and we did what we said we wanted to do which was get the gas on the ball on the edges. When you’ve got an axis of Katy Daley-Mclean, Rachel Burford and Amber Reed in the middle, you’re not going to be short of ball on the edge.
“I’m really pleased for them as right across the board all the girls played well tonight and everybody who came on and on debut did a great job.
“I went and watched Jess when I first came in the job four years ago and it's one of those things you can’t help but notice her because of her pace. She’s been on the radar for a while and it’s been a great job Jo Yapp and the team have done with her.”
15. Danielle Waterman, 14. Abigail Dow, 13. Rachael Burford, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Jessica Breach, 10. Katy Daley- Mclean, 9. Leanne Riley; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Amy Cokayne, 3. Heather Kerr, 4. Abbie Scott, 5. Rowena Burnfield, 6. Sarah Hunter ©, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Poppy Cleall.
16. Lark Davies, 17. Rochelle Clark, 18. Hannah Botterman, 19. Tamara Taylor, 20. Shaunagh Brown, 21. Caity Mattinson, 22. Zoe Harrison, 23. Ellie Kildunne.
15. Anais Holly, 14. Paige Farries, 13. Emmanuela Jada, 12. Emily Belchos, 11. Nadia Popov, 10. Jess Neilson, 9. Brianna Miller; 1. Brittany Kassil, 2. Laura Russell ©, 3. Olivia De Merchant, 4. Tyson Beukeboom, 5. Ngalula Fuamba, 6. Emily Nicholl, 7. Sara Svoboda, 8. Cindy Nelles.
16. Emily Barber, 17. Alexandria Ellis, 18. Veronica Harrigan, 19. McKinley Hunt, 20. Janna Slevinsky, 21. Courtney Holtkamp, 22. Justine Pelletier, 23. Sam Alli.
England's 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series
Friday 17 November - England Women 79-5 Canada @ Allianz Park
Tuesday 21 November - England Women v Canada @ Twickenham Stoop (KO 19:45, live Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Mix)
Saturday 25 November - England Women v Canada @ Twickenham Stadium (KO 17:40, live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix)