WALES DENIED RED ROSE DAY; RUGBY UNION in the Dying Stages. Wales Beaten, but They earnWorld Cup Place
Wales Women ................16 England Women ............20 A LATE try by winger Sally Tuson snatched victory for England Women against a tenacious Wales side at Aberavon in the Six Nations championship.
A try by replacement prop Megan York five minutes from the end put Wales in front for the first time in the match, but Rhys Edwards' side were unable to hold out the red rose brigade as Tuson pounced to give her side a hard-fought 20-16 victory in the dying stages.
England began the brighter with Amber Reed slotting a penalty inside the first 60 seconds and when Sarah Hunter exploded from a scrum to score in the 14th minute to put her side 8-0 ahead, the signs didn't look good for Wales.
But Wales hit back in stunning fashion with the try of the match in the 20th minute. Elinor Snowsill, who produced another outstanding performance at fly-half, chipped over the on-rushing English defence. Elen Evans picked up the ball and off-loaded to Charlie Murray who beat the cover to score.
Wales put themselves under pressure when full-back Dyddgu Hywel had her clearance kick charged down for Lydia Thompson to collect the bouncing ball to score. Reed added the conversion to put England ahead 13-5. Snowsill reduced the deficit with a penalty as Wales entered the break just five points behind.
England attempted to spread the ball in the second half but they were constantly denied by a stubborn defence where 19-year-old centre Rebecca de Filippo led Wales' rearguard superbly.
Props Jenny Davies and Catrin Davies along with Sioned Harries and captain Rachel Taylor also tackled with vigour and with 10 minutes remaining Snowsill edged Wales back into the game with another penalty. …