|England v USA: World Cup Pool B|
|England (33) 47|
|Tries: Scarratt, penalty (7pts), Packer 2, Mclean, Wilson-Hardy, Cockayne Cons: Scarratt 5|
|USA (7) 26|
|Tries: Zackary, Emba, Tapper, Thomas Cons: Kelter 3|
Defending champions England powered into the Women’s World Cup semi-finals with a seven-try win over the USA.
Emily Scarratt scored the first try and a penalty try and further scores from Marlie Packer, with a brace, and Katy Mclean saw them lead 33-7 at half-time.
Amy Wilson-Hardy and Amy Cockayne added further tries for England, with Kate Zackary, Cheta Emba and Naya Tapper replying for the USA.
A Kris Thomas try earned the USA what might be a crucial losing bonus point.
Scarratt rediscovered her kicking form to land five conversions for England and the champions will now play the winners of the later game between hosts Ireland and France in the last four.
Bern shines in impressive England pack
For the first hour England were totally in charge in Dublin, and their performance was built around the dominance of their pack.
At the first scrum they shoved the Eagles back at a rate of knots and they also controlled the line-out, frequently stealing USA ball to halt any attacking momentum the Americans tried to generate.
Tight-head Sarah Bern, 20, was in irrepressible form. She was the tip of the spear in the scrum, a real handful with ball in hand – one 50m run was a particular highlight – and put herself about in defence.
With the likes of Packer and Alex Matthews, Bern laid the groundwork for a comprehensive win in what looked, on paper, as though it might have been a tricky encounter.
Precision kicking key for England
With the pack dominant up front, fly-half Mclean was given space and time to control the game, and her pinpoint kicking in the opening quarter was key to getting England off to a flying start.
Her precise grubber kick set up Scarratt for the first try and the fly-half then produced several raking touch finders to pin the USA back in their own 22.
With England dominant at the line-out more tries duly followed from the Red Roses’ powerful driving maul, and by half-time the contest was effectively over.
Mclean’s varied passing game was a key factor in England’s attacking shape, and she added a fine solo try to cap a classy all-round performance.
USA give themselves chance of semi-final
Six teams started the day with a chance of making the last four.
New Zealand put paid to Canada’s chances and the USA knew a bonus point could be significant in them making the last four as the best runner-up from the three groups, ahead of either Ireland or France, who meet on Thursday evening.
The Eagles controlled the last 20 minutes of the game, with their pacy back three of Emba, Tapper and Thomas looking a real threat now they were being supplied with decent possession.
And, with the clock in the red, Thomas’ spectacular solo effort brought their fourth try and the bonus point that means they finish the pool stage with 11 points.
England: Danielle Waterman; Amy Wilson Hardy, Emily Scarratt, Amber Reed, Kay Wilson; Katy Mclean, Natasha Hunt; Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne, Sarah Bern, Abbie Scott, Tamara Taylor, Alex Matthews, Marlie Packer, Sarah Hunter.
Replacements: Vicky Fleetwood, Rochelle Clark, Justine Lucas, Poppy Cleall, Harriet Millar-Mills, Leanne Riley, Rachael Burford, Megan Jones.
USA: Cheta Emba; Nava Tapper, Nicole Heavierland, Alev Kelter, Kristen Thomas; Kimber Rozier, Deven Owsianv; Catie Benson, Katy Augustyn, Tiffany Faaee (capt), Stacey Bridges, Alvica Washington, Sara Parsons, Kate Zackary, Jordan Gray.
Replacements: Samantha Pankev, Hope Rogers, Nick James, Abby Gustaitis, Kristine Sommer, Kayla Canett-Oca, Sylvia Braaten, Jess Wooden.
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