England captain Sarah Hunter says she has “never experienced something worship” the 2nd her side’s game in France was once known as off when floodlights failed.
“It’s miles a bit of of an anti-climax clearly,” Hunter acknowledged.
“I’ve never experienced something worship that. Perchance at coaching along with your club however never in a world game.”
- England get rid of after match known as off
- Relive England’s victory in France
When requested if she felt the incident was once something that would occur at a men’s game, Hunter responded: “I’m no longer determined it is a comparability to bag.
“We do not know why the lights went out so I fabricate no longer mediate it is doubtless you’ll perchance per chance per chance also compare it to the men on fable of they would possibly perchance need been having fun with here and the identical side would possibly perchance per chance dangle took field.”
England claimed a third Six Countries title in a row final weekend after having fun with a shortened version of the tournament format thanks to disruption triggered by coronavirus.
For head coach Simon Middleton, Friday’s curtailed game was once another event in an already unfamiliar 12 months.
“Correct for those that suspect the 12 months can’t bag any more weird,” he acknowledged.
“The critical inquire of of I requested was once whether or no longer it was once a blackout curfew they in most cases have not bought the memo that there was once a world game on.”
England encourage far from ‘absurd’ world rankings substitute
The victory was once England’s ninth in a row against France and intended the Red Roses prevented dropping their put at the dwell of the field rankings to Contemporary Zealand.
The Sad Ferns – who will host the postponed World Cup subsequent 12 months – dangle no longer performed for 18 months however would possibly perchance per chance dangle taken England’s field as world number ones if the Red Roses had did not get rid of in France.
Middleton acknowledged: “Inquisitive about that if we hadn’t won for some weird cause it would possibly per chance perchance per chance dangle intended Contemporary Zealand overtook us at the dwell of the field rankings while not having fun with a game for 18 months – which I mediate is absurd – getting the get rid of is unbelievable for us on fable of it keeps us number one.”
No matter the get rid of, it was once a disappointing night for England replacements Flo Robinson and Merryn Doidge, who had been poised to bag their world debuts when the lights went out.
“There were two younger girls attributable to bag their first cap,” Hunter acknowledged.
“Every person knows how particular at the assert time are and the fabricate-as much as it so there’s somewhat a few feeling for the leisure of the crew that did no longer bag the alternative to bag on and be furious by victory.”
Impressive Dow shows mental strength
There were a form of positives to bag far from England’s efficiency, most notably the unbelievable person efforts of soar Abby Dow.
The 23-12 months-former single-handedly helped England to the lead within the first half as she flew down the pitch for 2 learn about-catching tries.
Dow had overlooked England’s opening Six Countries match following the death of her father and Middleton was once stuffed with appreciate for the soar.
“Given the couple of weeks Abby Dow has had, I fabricate no longer mediate it is doubtless you’ll perchance per chance per chance also praise her high ample,” he acknowledged.
“The mental strength she has confirmed and the dedication to having fun with for England and moreover to her family is unbelievable.”
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