Another day, another huge step forward for women’s rugby and the Red Roses. The full impact of this record-breaking scoreline will not be completely quantified until the live BBC Two television viewing figures are compiled, but there haven’t been many feel-good moments in English women’s football to match it outside of a World Cup.
Even if New Zealand was a little rusty after not playing an international match in almost two years, this was still a rare humiliation. In contrast, their hosts have already won 15 consecutive Tests and cemented their global No. 1 ranking before of next year’s postponed World Cup. Only one of these two teams will be looking forward to the second Test next weekend in Northampton.
Although it may appear selfish to imply that England should have scored more than seven tries, they did have the opportunity. By the end, they had inflicted the Black Ferns’ greatest defeat – the previous record margin was 21-7 against England a decade ago – and demonstrated the fitness of the home forwards as well as their growing depth behind the scrum.
source : Guardian sport