The Red Roses head west to the sunny climes of Cardiff this weekend to play a Wales team on a high after winning their last five games.
The Welsh opened their 6 Nations last week with a 20 – 8 win against Italy and looked well-organised and convincing, particularly in the second half.
England, on the other hand, had a rather shaky start against France and were 13 – 0 down at half time, but a strong second-half performance saw them win 26 – 13. As well as the slow start, the Red Roses’ scrum and line-out malfunctioned at times, and the Welsh may target these areas and attempt to disrupt England’s ball before their skillful backs have a chance to get their hands on it.
But it remains to be seen whether Wales can stick with the Red Roses for the whole 80 minutes, as the latter’s fitness and bench is superior. They will need to come out firing on all cylinders and attempt to stun England early, hoping that they start slow again this week.
A key area of the game will be the penalty count; Wales gave away a lot last week, and with England’s Emily Scarratt in fine kicking form, are likely to be punished if they don’t tighten up their discipline.
While Wales are a stern test, I tip the Red Roses to notch up their second win of the campaign.
Kick off: Saturday 11th February @ 11:30am, Cardiff Arms Park
How to watch: Live on Sky Sports 3, BBC Wales, S4C
France v Scotland – Saturday 11th February at Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle – KO 20:00 GMT (21:00 local) – Live on France 4
Italy v Ireland – Sunday 12th February at Stadio Tommaso Fattori – KO 13:00 GMT (14:00 local) – Live on RTE and Eurosport IT