England women follow the men by securing the Triple Crown with Wales win
PUBLISHED: 20:01 12 March 2016 | UPDATED: 20:01 12 March 2016
Lotte Clapp and her England team mates were celebrating after they followed the example of the men by winning the Triple Crown.
The former Welwyn player played the full 80 minutes in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham Stoop.
It was one of those frustraing days for the left winger, one which anyone who has ever played in the 11 shirt will tell you happen far more often than you would like.
Although England were showing plenty of fluency in the backs, holes would either open up in the middle or the play would head down the right wing.
She finally got her chance nine minutes from time but was stopped inches short of the tryline.
And she went even closer with three minutes to go, being pushed back over the line as she was in the process of diving for the score.
England had started brightly and after some desperate Welsh defending kept out a catch and drive, Ceri Large found a gap, handed off her tackler and scored to the right of the posts.
That was in the 10th minute and she would cross again almost 20 minutes later after a stunning break and offload from Amber Reed.
The fly-half was instrumental in most of England’s positive play with Lydia Thompson on the wing also breaking through on plenty of occasions.
Wales did have their moments in the first half and Robyn Wilkins kicked them onto the board a minute after the second try.
They narrowed that gap further in the second period when Alisha Butchers got on the end of a charged down kick and had another try turned down when the referee ruled they had been held up.
But England still looked the more likely to add to he points total and Reed duly obliged, adding a penalty to her two earlier conversions.
Wilkins though was still fighting and she pounced when a loose pass heads straight to her hands.
Amazingly her conversion from in front of the posts by none other than Rocky Clark on her 109th appearance.
That miss together with her early skewed effort could have proved costly but Reed made sure of the win with a penalty in the last minute.
England now head to France next week for a shot at the grand slam.
England: Clark, Croker, Cornborough, Braund, Taylor, Scott, Noel-Smith, Hunter, L.Mason, Reed, Clapp, Large, Cattell, Thompson, K.Mason
Replacements: Cokayne, Kerr, Dawson, Millar-Mills, Leitch, Blackburn, Cleall, Riley
Tries: Large (2)
Conversions: Reed (2)
Penalties: Reed (2)
Wales: Edwards, Phillips, York, Rowe, Powell-Hughes, Taylor, Williams, Butchers, Bevan, Snowsill, E.Evans, Wilkins, Jones, Dainton, Hywel
Replacements: Price, Hale, A.Evans, Lillicrap, Rowland, Clay, Lake, Taviner
Tries: Butchers, Wilkins