TikTok Women’s Six Nations | Five key moments in England’s triumph
It capped off a tremendous campaign for the Red Roses, who scored 45 tries and conceded just four as they fended off every challenge that came their way.
There were plenty of great moments throughout the six weeks, and we’ve picked out five of the key moments for England on their way to Grand Slam glory.
Packer gets the ball rolling
England won their 2022 TikTok Six Nations Women’s Championship in style against rivals Scotland, with 57-5 winners.
Marlie Packer grabbed headlines with a try hat-trick, and the flanker started the scoring after just 8 minutes with a great try.
Scrum-half Leanne Infante crossed the Scottish line with a brilliant break from the base of a ruck before the ball finally headed towards Packer who spun from close range and the Red Roses never looked back.
Barnstorms in Bern Italy
Sarah Bern was in great trying form to score this championship, with the tight-headed prop topping five times for the Red Roses.
However, the best of the bunch was undoubtedly his amazing solo effort against Italy.
Fresh off the bench, Bern received the ball midway through Natasha Hunt after the scrum-half jumped onto a loose lineout.
Bern did the rest, showing serious wheels to sprint 50 yards to the line and extend England’s lead on their way to their second Championship victory.
England’s roster and rolling maul were a real weapon throughout TikTok’s Women’s Six Nations, and it wouldn’t have been possible without hooker Lark Davies’ precise throwing.
Davies was on hand to deliver a classic example of England’s greatest strength, putting herself on the end of a maul to open the Red Roses’ scoring against Wales in front of a record crowd in Gloucester.
Wales had started the game well and rocked England, but Davies calmed the nerves of the Red Roses with a pinpoint throw at Alex Matthews before turning to crash.
It was a crucial scoreline to put England on the path to another victory, their first in the Championship on home soil, paving the way for a further nine tries for the hosts.
Breakthrough in Bayonne
England’s afternoon in Bayonne couldn’t have started badly, as Romane Menager crashed out after just three minutes in the deciding Grand Slam match.
The Red Roses looked cautious in the early stages but seemed to get into their stride once Bern scored their first try of the afternoon after 10 minutes.
Helena Rowland fired a formidable 50:22 to send England up the pitch and into the France 22, and the attackers made no mistake, once again using the force of their rolling maul to allow Bern through above.
It was a game that came at an important time, getting England back up to speed quickly after falling behind and it paved the way for Simon Middleton’s side to go on and win comfortably in the South West of the France and win the championship.
Scarratt saves the skin of Red Roses
Victory in France was not without concern, however, as Les Bleues sought to stage a comeback in front of a raucous crowd at the Stade Jean Dauger.
Emilie Boulard was a dangerous presence off the bench in the second half and almost found a breakthrough when she broke England’s defensive line after an hour.
The 22-year-old appeared to be heading for the try line, only to have England stalwart Emily Scarratt deny her with a try-saving tackle deep in Red Roses territory.
It came at a crucial time in the match to maintain England’s lead as they managed to see out the final 20 minutes and seal the win.