England overcame Italy 29-15 at Twickenham Stoop to preserve their unbeaten start to the Six Nations, but the win was marred by a red card for Katy Mclean.
A hat-trick of tries from hooker Vicky Fleetwood and one each from wings Amy Wilson Hardy and Kay Wilson helped the Red Roses secure a bonus-point victory despite being reduced to 13 players in the second half.
Replacement fly-half Mclean was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle and England then saw Poppy Cleall sent to the sin bin for the same offence.
Italy’s tries came from wing Sofia Stefan, scrum-half Sara Barattin and full-back Manuela Furlan, but England safely saw out their third win in the championship.
Head coach Simon Middleton said: “Full marks to our players at the end, they showed fantastic character when they were down to 13 with eight minutes left on the clock.”
Sarah Law’s late penalty completed a remarkable comeback and gave Scotland a long-awaited victory in the Women’s Six Nations.
The scrum-half kicked the vital points as Scotland beat Wales 15-14 – their first success in the competition since 2010. Wales raced into a 14-point lead through Carys Phillips’ effort and a penalty try, with Elinor Snowsill adding the extras.
Lisa Thomson crashed over to give the Scots hope and Rhona Lloyd’s try brought them to within a score before Law won the game with four minutes remaining.
Ireland moved level on points with Women’s Six Nations leaders England after maintaining their unbeaten record by edging past France 13-10 in Dublin.
The hosts had a 3-0 lead at half-time but fell behind shortly after the break when Caroline Ladagnous scored a try that was converted by Jessy Tremouliere.
Ireland hit back through a Leah Lyons try and after that effort was converted by Stapleton she also added a penalty, with a subsequent one from Tremouliere being all the French could manage in reply.
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