Red Roses lock Abbie Scott says England are still building on their performances at the Women’s Rugby World Cup after booking a place in the semi-final where they will face France.
After wins over Spain and Italy, England beat USA 46-26 to finish top of Pool B ahead of the play-off stages as the tournament now moves from Dublin to Belfast.
England looked comfortable but let the Eagles score late tries as they finished their pool stage with a try bonus point.
“We’ve got plenty to improve on and work on from the game and we can go away and have a look at, then it is about what we can put right going forward,” said the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks forward.
“For us it has been about building as you never want to go in at the top, it’s about what we can put right every game and having bits to work on.
“Like Midds [Simon Middleton] has said it is a marathon not a sprint so it is one game to the next, which is a bit cliché, but it is like that for a reason.
“Every game has been a test in its own right and has been challenging, it has been quite good for us that we’ve played against different styles of game so that has prepared us really well.”
England ran in 10 tries against both Spain and Italy, with the backs responsible for the majority, but it was a much tighter performance with four of the seven tries against USA from driving mauls.
“We’ve got one of the best lineout drives in the game so the big girls up front are doing their stuff and they’re making it look easy,” said centre Amber Reed.
“We’ll keep giving them the ball all day long if they keep scoring those tries.”
Reed, who was part of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup winning squad in France, moved from fly half to inside centre for the win over the Eagles, and says the team will need to keep adapting their style of play now they are in the final four.
“It definitely wasn’t pretty but at this stage we needed the win to top the pool and that’s what we’ve done, so job done, but we’re definitely going to learn with what has come out of this game,” she added.
“I think we’re pretty harsh on our performances as we know things didn’t go right at times and we’ve definitely got a process that we want to stick to.
“I think the frustrating thing is that it was our game that let us down with individual errors and not looking after the ball, and that is definitely something that we need to tighten up come the semi-finals when things get a little bit tighter; that’s when we need to be clinical and accurate.”