The Scots secure fifth place with their first Six Nations win in three years

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021

Scotland won their first Women’s Six Nations match in three years – and secured fifth place in this year’s championship.

They scored four tries in beating Wales 27-20 at Scotstoun – their first win at the Glasgow ground and their first win since beating Ireland in 2018.

Megan Gaffney crossed for an early try and Megan Kennedy and Christine Belisle also scored before the break to give the hosts a 17-6 lead.

Lisa Neumann scored for Wales early in the second half before Evie Gallagher got Scotland’s fourth to restore their advantage.

Wales got a last-minute Caitlin Lewis try but by that point Scotland had won the match.

Scotland team to play Wales – Saturday 24 April

Chloe Rollie; Liz Musgrove, Hannah Smith, Lisa Thomson, Megan Gaffney; Helen Nelson, Jenny Maxwell; Christine Belisle, Lana Skeldon, Megan Kennedy, Emma Wassell, Louise McMillan, Evie Gallagher, Rachel McLachlan, Siobhan Cattigan.

Replacements: Jodie Rettie, Leah Bartlett, Lisa Cockburn, Nicola Howat, Mairi McDonald, Sarah Law, Evie Wills, Rachel Shankland.

Italy 41-20 Scotland

Scotland fell to another Women’s Six Nations defeat as they were beaten 41-20 by Italy at Scotstoun.

The hosts, who were coming off a bye weekend, were caught cold by Italy, conceding two tries in quick succession in the opening ten minutes. Beatrice Rigoni broke through the middle in Scotland’s 22 and then Manuel Furlan found space out wide.

However, Scotland worked their way back into the game and started to take advantage of Italy’s ill-discipline. And when their lineout finally clicked they went over for their first try midway through the half, Lana Skeldon touching down from the back of a driving maul from five metres out.

A Helen Nelson penalty just before the break narrowed the gap further but an error from the restart handed possession back to the Italians, and Ilaria Arrighetti burst over to make it 19-10 to the visitors at the break. Interestingly, had Nelson taken the full minute to kick the penalty, there would have been no need for the restart.

Scotland did have plenty of possession in the second period – Italy’s penalty count helping them with that – and they strung lots of phases together, but they simply weren’t as clinical as the visitors in getting over the line.

Their back-line often stood very deep, which made it hard for them to get across the gain-line. Their second try, scored in the 72nd minute, came in a similar manner to their first as Emma Wassell dotted down from close range following a five-metre lineout.

In contrast, Italy notched four tries in the second half to secure a relatively comfortable win. Scotland will now host Wales in the fifth-place play-off next Saturday in the hope of avoiding bottom spot while Italy go into the third-place match.

Scotland team to play Italy – Saturday 17 April

Chloe Rollie; Liz Musgrove, Lisa Thomson, Helen Nelson, Megan Gaffney; Sarah Law, Mairi McDonald; Leah Bartlett, Lana Skeldon, Megan Kennedy, Emma Wassell, Louise McMillan, Evie Gallagher, Rachel McLachlan, Sioghan Cattigan.

Replacements: Jodie Rettie, Lisa Cockburn, Panashe Muzambe, Christine Belisle, Nicola Howat, Jenny Maxwell, Evie Wills, Coreen Grant.

England 52-10 Scotland

Scotland were beaten 52-10 by England in their opening Women’s Six Nations match in Doncaster.

The visitors did not help themselves in terms of their discipline. Lisa Thomson was yellow-carded late in the first half, Jess Breach exploiting the numerical advantage in the back-line to score England’s fifth try in the 38th minute.

Then in the second half Scotland’s replacement hooker Molly Wright was sent off within minutes of coming on for a dangerous high tackle on Vickii Cornborough – the clampdown on contact with the head as evident in the women’s championship as the men’s.

Louise McMillan was also sin-binned in the closing minutes for collapsing a maul that was creeping towards the line and that resulted in a penalty try.

Scotland did have periods when they put England under pressure, particularly in the middle period of the second half, and one of those ended in a try for centre Hannah Smith. It was the Scots’ first try against England in three years having been whitewashed in their last two meetings.

Yet Scotland will be disappointed not to have done more with the 47% possession they had, struggling to break through the Red Roses’ defence. They will be looking to be more effective with ball in hand when they host Italy in a fortnight – and they will want to cut the penalty count too.

Scotland team to play England – Saturday 3 April

Chloe Rollie; Rachel Shankland, Hannah Smith, Lisa Thomson, Megan Gaffney; Helen Nelson, Mairi McDonald; Leah Bartlett, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Emma Wassell, Louise McMillan, Rachel Malcolm, Rachel McLachlan, Siobhan Cattigan.

Replacements: Molly Wright, Panashe Muzambe, Lisa Cockburn, Evie Gallagher, Jodie Rettie, Jenny Maxwell, Sarah Law, Liz Musgrove.

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021

Bryan Easson has named a 31-player Scotland squad for the Women’s Six Nations and it will be captained by Rachel Malcolm.

Elizabeth Musgrove and Jenny Maxwell return to the squad following long-term injuries while Shona Campbell, Evie Gallagher, Coreen Grant and Evie Wills are in line to make their international debuts during the championship.

Easson said: “I’ve been really encouraged by the squad’s attitude and focus in our recent training weekends and the upcoming tournament provides a great opportunity to showcase all of our hard work.”

Scotland, who recorded a confidence-boosting 13-13 draw in their last Test, kick off this year’s campaign against England in Doncaster before hosting Italy in Glasgow. Then, on ‘finals day’, they will face the team ranked in the equivalent position in Pool B, one of France, Ireland or Wales.

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021

Backs

(DoB/Club/Position)

Shona Campbell (7 Jun 2001/Edinburgh University/Wing)

Abi Evans (30 May 1996/Darlington Mowden Park/Wing)

Megan Gaffney (3 Dec 1991/Heriots/Wing)

Coreen Grant (30 Jan 1998/Saracens/Centre)

Sarah Law (19 Dec 1994/Unattached/Fly-half)

Rhona Lloyd (17 Oct 1996/Loughborough Lightning/Wing)

Jenny Maxwell (8 Dec 1992/Loughborough Lightning/Scrum-half)

Mairi McDonald (25 Nov 1997/Hillhead Jordanhill/Scrum-half)

Liz Musgrove (25 Dec 1996/Unattached/Wing)

Helen Nelson (24 May 1994/Loughborough Lightning/Centre)

Chloe Rollie (26 Jun 1995/Harlequins/Full-back)

Rachel Shankland (26 Oct 1991/Stirling County/Wing)

Hannah Smith (30 Oct 1992/Watsonians/Centre)

Lisa Thomson (7 Sep 1997/Unattached/Centre)

Evie Tonkin (5 Aug 1997/Darlington Mowden Park/Wing)

Evie Wills (4 Feb 2001/Stirling County/Fly-half)

Forwards

Leah Bartlett (28 Aug 1998/Loughborough Lightning/Prop)

Christine Belisle (4 Nov 1993/Cartha Queens Park/Back-row)

Siobhan Cattigan (11 Apr 1995/Stirling County/Back-row)

Lisa Cockburn (6 Dec 1992/Darlington Mowden Park/Prop)

Katie Dougan (15 Jan 1995/Hillhead Jordanhill/Tighthead)

Evie Gallagher (22 Aug 2000/Stirling County/Back-row)

Megan Kennedy (3 Jul 1996/Stirling County/Prop)

Rachel Malcolm (23 May 1991/Loughborough Lightning/Back-row)

Rachel McLachlan (25 Feb 1999/Unattached/Back-row)

Louise McMillan (27 Jul 1997/Hillhead Jordanhill/Back-row)

Panashe Muzambe (17 Nov 1995/Watsonians/Back-row)

Jodie Rettie (31 Dec 1990/Saracens/Hooker)

Lana Skeldon (18 Oct 1993/Unattached/Hooker)

Emma Wassell (28 Dec 1994/Corstorphine Cougars/Lock)

Molly Wright (13 May 1991/Watsonians/Hooker)

MORE ON THE WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Fixtures 2021

(All kick-off times are UK & Ireland time)

Round One 

Sat 3 April England 52-10 Scotland

Round Three

Sat 17 April Scotland 20-41 Italy

Finals

Sat 24 April Scotland 27-20 Wales

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