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Breach and England's Red Roses are blooming brilliant to win the Six Nations

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The Red Roses secured the 2019 Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam with a 80-0 bonus-point win over Scotland at Twickenham Stadium – and West Sussex star Jess Breach can look back on the campaign with immense pride after ending it as top try scorer.

Having already won their first four games with bonus points, England ran in 12 tries in front of a record crowd for a women’s game at Twickenham of 13,278 to secure the title that France won last year.

The Red Roses celebrate the Grand Slam / Picture by Getty Images via RFU Collection

The Red Roses celebrate the Grand Slam / Picture by Getty Images via RFU Collection

It took just over two minutes for England to score as Poppy Cleall broke the line and fed Sarah Beckett for the flanker to cross under the sticks.

A cross field kick from Katy Daley-Mclean was gathered as the ball bounced by wing Breach as she continued her run of scoring in every game of the 2019 Women’s Six Nations – a remarkable feat for the former Chichester RFC and Pulborough RFC youngster whose family are in Felpham.

Natasha Hunt darted through from a quick tap penalty before Breach got onto Scarratt’s kick forward for her second and England’s bonus-point.

Alphonsi tips Breach for the top

Breach is a wow against Wales

The first half scoring continued as Cleall drove over following some impressive forward work, and it was the pack’s work from driving maul from a lineout where Amy Cokayne dropped over the line off the back for a 45-0 lead at the break.

Sarah Bern’s powerful drive off the back of a ruck got England’s first try of the second half with captain Sarah Hunter scoring in similar circumstances a few minutes later. And further tries from Scarratt, Cleall and Cath O’Donnell sealed the deal for the Red Roses.

England’s campaign got off to an impressive start when they ran in eight tries in a 51-7 victory over Ireland in Dublin.

Bonus-point wins continued as England racked up the tries, beating France 41-26 in Doncaster, overcoming Wales 51-12 in Cardiff and a 55-0 victory over Italy in Exeter in front of a record non-World Cup crowd for a home game with 10,545 watching.

The victory over Scotland means that England scored over 50 points in four of their five games, scoring 45 tries over the tournament.

It is England’s 15th win of the tournament since its inception in 1996, the 14th time they have won the Grand Slam and their 20th Triple Crown.

After a spending a year in the England Sevens programme, Harlequins Ladies wing Breach returned to XVs rugby this year and slotted straight back in as she scored with her first touch back with the Red Roses against Ireland.

Her impressive try scoring stats continued as she scored twice in each of the games against France, Wales and Italy – and ended the competition with the highest metres made and the most line breaks. Breach’s brace against Scotland means she scored in every game of the competition, ended as Six Nations’ top try scorer and now has 20 tries in her seven caps.

England Women in the 2019 Six Nations

Ireland 7-51 England

England 41-26 France

Wales 12-51 England

England 55-0 Italy

England 80-0 Scotland

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Seven straight league wins coming at Dover gives Horsham an improved play-off shot

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Horsham increased their chances of achieving a play-off place for promotion with a comfortable 21-69 win away at Dover.

The Green and Whites made it seven consecutive league wins and were the only side in the top three to win on Saturday.

Whilst Beckenham’s march to the title has slowed in recent weeks they are still overwhelming favourites to win the league despite their defeat at Haywards Heath, however the surprise was Charlton Park losing at Deal & Betteshanger.

Horsham have not won at Dover before, with the Kent side having historically played in higher leagues, and the Green and Whites throwing away a winning position in the closing stages of the game last season.

With both teams missing several of their regular starting line-up due to injury and unavailability, there was an air of anticipation at The Crabble.

An explosive start saw five tries scored in the first 16 minutes without reply, three of which were converted by Joe Wilde.

The kick-off was secured and after several phases left and right, Kyle Fairs hit a line on the burst to score in the first minute.

Pressure play then saw the ball retained and eventually spun to Sam Hampson to finish strongly for his first try.

With Horsham attacking in waves, a fine break by Mike Watts saw the ball recycled and an eventual pick and go by both props was finished by Fairs burrowing in over for his second try.

A good attack from the kick-off and excellent distribution from Jordan Bell saw Watts break and put Mathieu Pecharman away to score, then a length of the field try was completed by Pecharman outstripping the defence from 40 metes out after a good carry and offload by Emmet O’Rahilly.

After a period of pressure from Dover, a penalty was awarded and O’Rahilly quickly tapped to score under the posts and then Vince Everitt crossed the line with a strong carry after a quick tap by Aaron Linfield.

With seven first-half tries, five of which were converted by Wilde, Horsham went into the half-time break leading 45-0 with the result effectively secured.

It was difficult in the second half for Horsham to play with the same intensity as the game became more loose and less disciplined, but the Green and Whites still scored four further tries whilst a spirited Dover team never gave up and scored three good tries of their own.

Strong multi-phase play saw Hampson run in following a good line by Jonny Whiting, then a fine multiple phase attack from a kick return by Watts saw an eventual finish by Whiting.

Jamie Redmayne scored following several attack phases with great support and the scoring was completed when Jack Osgood powered through from 30 metres out following Dan Cass securing turnover ball.

Horsham head coach Nick Stocker said: “We started brightly and killed the game off in the first quarter which meant the challenge to the team was to maintain focus and try to play our patterns. On the whole this was achieved although as expected, we did occasionally become loose given the score line.

“The pace in the team caused problems all day and with the support runners readily available, we managed to keep the ball alive when in attack leading to some excellent team tries.

“The players that stepped up in the absence of regular first team starters all did extremely well.

“Despite several good performances from players like Nick Bell, skipper for the day Jamie Redmayne and Adam Clarkson, man of the match went to converted hooker, Kyle Fairs who hit his lineouts well, carried strongly and helped himself to two great tries to cap off a fine performance.

“With another week off next weekend, we head into the final three matches of the season with a tough home match against Sussex rivals Haywards Heath in a league and cup doubleheader on March 23.”

Horsham: Watts, Pecharman, Wilde, Condon, Hampson, J.Bell, Linfield, N.Bell (Cass), Fairs, Earle, Clarkson, Osgood, Redmayne, Everitt (Whiting), O’Rahilly (Powell).

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Seventh straight league win coming at Dover gives Horsham an improved play-off shot

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Horsham increased their chances of achieving a play-off place for promotion with a comfortable 21-69 win away at Dover.

The Green and Whites made it seven consecutive league wins and were the only side in the top three to win on Saturday.

Whilst Beckenham’s march to the title has slowed in recent weeks they are still overwhelming favourites to win the league despite their defeat at Haywards Heath, however the surprise was Charlton Park losing at Deal & Betteshanger.

Horsham have not won at Dover before, with the Kent side having historically played in higher leagues, and the Green and Whites throwing away a winning position in the closing stages of the game last season.

With both teams missing several of their regular starting line-up due to injury and unavailability, there was an air of anticipation at The Crabble.

An explosive start saw five tries scored in the first 16 minutes without reply, three of which were converted by Joe Wilde.

The kick-off was secured and after several phases left and right, Kyle Fairs hit a line on the burst to score in the first minute.

Pressure play then saw the ball retained and eventually spun to Sam Hampson to finish strongly for his first try.

With Horsham attacking in waves, a fine break by Mike Watts saw the ball recycled and an eventual pick and go by both props was finished by Fairs burrowing in over for his second try.

A good attack from the kick-off and excellent distribution from Jordan Bell saw Watts break and put Mathieu Pecharman away to score, then a length of the field try was completed by Pecharman outstripping the defence from 40 metes out after a good carry and offload by Emmet O’Rahilly.

After a period of pressure from Dover, a penalty was awarded and O’Rahilly quickly tapped to score under the posts and then Vince Everitt crossed the line with a strong carry after a quick tap by Aaron Linfield.

With seven first-half tries, five of which were converted by Wilde, Horsham went into the half-time break leading 45-0 with the result effectively secured.

It was difficult in the second half for Horsham to play with the same intensity as the game became more loose and less disciplined, but the Green and Whites still scored four further tries whilst a spirited Dover team never gave up and scored three good tries of their own.

Strong multi-phase play saw Hampson run in following a good line by Jonny Whiting, then a fine multiple phase attack from a kick return by Watts saw an eventual finish by Whiting.

Jamie Redmayne scored following several attack phases with great support and the scoring was completed when Jack Osgood powered through from 30 metres out following Dan Cass securing turnover ball.

Horsham head coach Nick Stocker said: “We started brightly and killed the game off in the first quarter which meant the challenge to the team was to maintain focus and try to play our patterns. On the whole this was achieved although as expected, we did occasionally become loose given the score line.

“The pace in the team caused problems all day and with the support runners readily available, we managed to keep the ball alive when in attack leading to some excellent team tries.

“The players that stepped up in the absence of regular first team starters all did extremely well.

“Despite several good performances from players like Nick Bell, skipper for the day Jamie Redmayne and Adam Clarkson, man of the match went to converted hooker, Kyle Fairs who hit his lineouts well, carried strongly and helped himself to two great tries to cap off a fine performance.

“With another week off next weekend, we head into the final three matches of the season with a tough home match against Sussex rivals Haywards Heath in a league and cup doubleheader on March 23.”

Horsham: Watts, Pecharman, Wilde, Condon, Hampson, J.Bell, Linfield, N.Bell (Cass), Fairs, Earle, Clarkson, Osgood, Redmayne, Everitt (Whiting), O’Rahilly (Powell).

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