Despite scoring 10 tries in the 65-3 victory over Samoa in their opening match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Friday, England vice-captain Sarah Hunter has demanded more from her team-mates against Spain in the Pool A fixture on Tuesday.
“Some things went really well against Samoa, but our execution at times let us down and we’ll have to be more clinical against Spain,” the 28-year-old, 64-cap veteran said.
“We’ll go away, review the game to look at what went well and also what we want to work on and how we put that right. We’ll look at how Spain play and how they went against Canada and come up with a game plan.”
The No 8 continued: “We’re not looking to be perfect at this stage of the competition. We want to build through, if we got it all right now we might ease up and not improve. It’s a journey and we’ll get better game by game. ”
Spain may have been defeated 31-7 by Canada in their first match of the tournament in France on Friday, but Hunter said that the Spanish attack could pose England problems.
“We know they’ve got a strong, dominant pack which will give their backs and their sevens players who have transferred over a good attacking platform. We know they’ve got great pace, great hands but they’ll also carry a similar threat to Samoa in that they’ll have a dominant pack with fast outside backs, who troubled us.
“We’re expecting a similar attacking threat from Spain so the Samoa victory stands us in good stead for that,” Hunter added.
Elsewhere, in Pool B New Zealand thrashed Kazakhstan 79-5, while Ireland beat United States 23-17. In Pool C, Australia defeated South Africa 26-3, and the hosts France demolished Wales 26-0.Reuse content