Women’s European Championship B: Wales 60-0 Italy

Wales' Lauren Aitken on the charge against Italy
Wales' Lauren Aitken on the charge against Italy
Women's European Championship B
Wales (20) 60
Tries: R Carr, Michael, Hughes, Price 3, Davies, King, McGuire, Marsh, Sayle Goals: Salter 8
Italy (0) 0

Wales made an impressive start to their inaugural Women's European Championship B campaign against Italy on Sunday.

Unconverted tries from Rosie Carr and Eleri Michael gave Wales an early lead.

Emily Hughes and Brittony Price added further tries, with Kathryn Salter potting two goals for a 20-0 lead at half-time at Pandy Park in Cross Keys.

Wales ran riot after the break, with Price crossing twice more for a hat-trick, with debutant Anne-Marie Sayle also on the scoresheet.

Fern Davies, Carys Marsh, skipper Bryonie King, Joeann McGuire and former Wales netball international Fern Davies also claimed tries, while Salter finished with eight goals to cap their first Test-ranked win.

Wales head coach Thomas Brindle named 15 of the 17 players who lost to England last time out, with Seren Gough-Walters and Leanne Burnell both missing out after picking up injuries in the 6-32 defeat.

That saw Sayle of Castleford Tigers and the RAF winning her first cap, while Katie Carr of Bridgend Blue Bulls and Cardiff Demons also made her debut off the bench.

The game was the second in a three-nation three-match group, with Ireland beating Italy 30-6 last week in Udine.

Wales - who now top the table after Sunday's handsome win - will travel to Ireland for the concluding encounter on 8 October.

Wales head coach Tom Brindle said: "We came into the game with an intent that we wanted to put a performance in that was reflective of our gameplan.

"We did for 70 minutes today so I'm very happy. I'm pleased about how we played today, that the girls stuck to what they needed to do and delivered a really good team performance."

Italy full-back Rebecca Pantaleoni said: "It's obvious that we need to keep working. It's good to be on a European platform, and to improve with each game we need practise.

"We all come from different types of rugby backgrounds, we're developing and I think we've been doing some really good stuff.

"We're looking forward to the next games in October, so we'll keep working with our clubs and come back then."

Wales: Eleri Michael, Anne-Marie Sayle, Kathryn Salter, Rosie Carr, Brittony Price, Amberley Ruck, Rhi Parker, Lauren Aitken, Carys Marsh, Emily Hughes, Bryonie King (capt), Charlie Mundy, Bethan Dainton.

Substitutes: Molly Reardon, Joeann McGuire, Fern Davies, Katie Carr.

Italy: Rebecca Pantaleoni, Rwan Hassnien, Giulia Colangeli, Silvia Gai, Ludovica Gurrieri, Giada Arzenton, Alessandra Menotti, Rosa Bettolati, Martina Dall' Antonia, Marika Ascione, Marvin Severgnini, Giulia Iozzia, Virginia Pinarello.

Substitutes: Giuliana Zaffarana, Camila Giacomazzo, Siria Raisa, Altea Forto.

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