Wilson focused on team over tries

Red Roses wing Kay Wilson says she prioritises the team over her individual feats after scoring four tries in England’s win over Spain in their opening game of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The Richmond flyer scored a first half hat-trick in the 56-6 victory and added a forth after the break to take her international try scoring record to 32 tries in 47 appearances.

“It was amazing but it was great to just get this tournament underway as it has been a long time coming,” said the 25-year-old

“It sounds great scoring four tries but I definitely couldn’t have done it without the girls inside me and they make me look great; my job is to score tries but it was a really good team performance.

Asked about her favourite try, the Richmond wing said: “It would have to be Katy Mclean’s crossfield kick, it was absolutely world class and she is an amazing player; I love playing with her.

“We’ve been itching to go for weeks and it is finally here, we’ve played, got the result and everyone is feeling a bit more settled and relieved and we can look forward to Italy.”

Building momentum

Despite Wilson’s try-scoring exploits it was England fly half Katy Mclean who was awarded the player of the match with a composed performance at 10.

Mclean, who led England to victory at this tournament in France three years ago, was one of the more experienced players in a side that saw 12 players make their World Cup debut.

“It’s always nice to get on and play in the opening game, but we are a squad of 28 so not everyone played,” she said.

“For the girls that did, they had a good showing and it was just about getting on there, getting the win and starting to build a bit of momentum in the tournament because we have some really tough games coming up.”

On her kick which resulted in Wilson’s try, Mclean added: “Sometimes those tries can go either way; you can continue to capitalise on the momentum or you can get a little sloppy.

“We had a penalty advantage and we’ve been trying these things in training so it was nice to have an opportunity to execute it, for it to come off was a bonus.

“Full credit to Spain, they played for the full 80 and we probably just need to tighten up things.”