Red Roses striving to improve - Cleall

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Red Roses forward Poppy Cleall says they still have lots to improve on in their performance after two bonus-point wins to start the 2018 Six Nations.

Saracens Women flanker Cleall scored twice in a 52-0 win over Wales as England ran in eight tries in total at Twickenham Stoop.

She crossed for the first time at international level the week before as Italy were beaten 42-7, but believes there is still more to come from the squad.

"It's never the perfect start," said the 25-year-old.

"We've got places in that game where we want to get better. Some of our handling wasn't good enough and some of the tries we've left out there.

"We can only get better from here and each week we want to come out and improve. 

"It was a battle, a huge battle Wales were so confrontational and physical but we tried to outplay them there."

Hot streak

Cleall's international form has come off the back of series of impressive performances for Saracens in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

She has scored 14 tries so far in the league campaign, one behind club and international team mate Marlie Packer, adding to her three scores in two games at international level. Her twin sister Bryony, who also plays at Sarries, is not far behind with nine tries.

Cleall, who earned her 19th cap against Wales, says it is the support from the other members of the back row that have helped her. 

"I'm just lucky at the moment that I can take my form in the Tyrrells to England," she added.

"It's not always easy but at the moment I've got people around me who really support me like Marlie and Sarah [Hunter] in the back row, Izzy [Noel Smith] off the bench, and because everyone is so supportive it's easy to transition.

"Sometimes you struggle as you might make a mistake but they pick your head up and make you carry on."


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