England 25-23 France: I felt the pressure of the final kick – Emily Scarratt


England match winner Emily Scarratt said she felt pressured before landing an injury kick to secure a thrilling victory over France.

Scarratt, who came off the bench as a second-half substitute, handed a penalty with the final act of the match to seal a 25-23 victory at Twickenham.

“He was a relative keeper, but the pressure adds a bit more to it,” she told BBC Sport.

“It’s a hell of a result against a hell of a team. “

The victory ensured a 2-0 series success over France, after of the 33-10 success of last week in Grenoble.

It also preserves England’s place as the number one ranked team in the world after overtaking world champions New Zealand with last week’s victory.

England followed France by 13 points with 10 minutes remaining, but fought back with tries from number eight Poppy Cleall and full-back Ellie Kildunne before Scarratt claimed the final penalty.

“We’re proud of our good start and maybe we didn’t quite get it,” Scarratt added.

« [Coach] Simon Middleton said at the end that you can’t train a character. We had to test ourselves differently, coming from behind, digging into those reserves. ”

England have been drawn against France in the pools for next September’s Rugby World Cup and Middleton believes they will learn the lessons of victory in this campaign.

“This group has found a way today which is amazing,” he said.

“We will learn more than just winning easily or even staying ahead throughout a game. “

Saturday’s game was the last game in England’s autumn schedule.

The premier season of Premier 15s is underway, though teams are playing modified rules with 35-minute halves and fewer scrums to reduce exposure to the coronavirus.


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