England women show the men how it's done as win over Wales moves Grand Slam closer

PUBLISHED: 14:53 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:53 25 February 2019

Hannah Botterman (centre) and Zoe Harrison (12) celebrate with the England players during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

Hannah Botterman (centre) and Zoe Harrison (12) celebrate with the England players during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

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Former Welwyn junior Zoe Harrison celebrated her first start in this year's Women's Six Nations with three conversions as England roared to a 51-12 success in Wales.

England's Zoe Harrison kicks during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PAEngland's Zoe Harrison kicks during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

It moves their dreams of a Grand Slam one step closer and eclipsed the loss suffered by the men less than 24 hours earlier.

England's Zoe Harrison is tackled during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PAEngland's Zoe Harrison is tackled during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

In total they bagged nine tries with both Jess Breach and Sarah Bern going over twice.

England players, including Sarah McKenna (left), before the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PAEngland players, including Sarah McKenna (left), before the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

Marlie Packer, Catherine O’Donnell, Abby Dow, Sarah Beckett and Katy Daley-Mclean got the others for England, who included Harpenden’s Sarah McKenna at 15 and Harrison’s former Welwyn team-mate Hannah Botterman on the bench.

England's Katy Daley-Mclean scores the final try of the game during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PAEngland's Katy Daley-Mclean scores the final try of the game during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “To score 50 points in any game is impressive but this is testament to some skillful play to stay in the game.

England's Jess Breach catches before scoring a try during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PAEngland's Jess Breach catches before scoring a try during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

“Wales were incredibly strong and when they had the ball it was so difficult to get it back. We really had to work for it.

England's Abby Dow celebrates her try during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, with former Welwyn junior Zoe Harrison (left). Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PAEngland's Abby Dow celebrates her try during the Guinness Women's Six Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, with former Welwyn junior Zoe Harrison (left). Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA

“We’ll celebrate a great win tonight and then we’ll relax and recover before moving our focus to Italy.”

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