22 November 2020

England match-winner Scarratt thrilled with ‘hell of a win’ over France after kicking last-gasp penalty

England rugby star Emily Scarratt praised her side’s character after their sensational comeback win over France at Twickenham on Saturday.

And Scarratt, who kicked the match-winning penalty, was proud of the team’s ability to respond to adversity.

"It was a relative sitter (the final penalty) but the pressure adds a little bit more to it," she told BBC Sport.

England battled back from 23-10 down with just nine minutes remaining


"It is a hell of a result against a hell of a team.

"We pride ourselves on our strong start and perhaps we didn't really get that.

"[Coach] Simon Middleton said at the end that you can't coach character. We had to test ourselves in a different way, coming from behind, digging into those reserves."

It caps off a brilliant week for England, who moved to the top of the world rankings after their 33-10 victory over France last weekend.

Attention now turns towards the World Cup in September and October of next year, with France drawn in the same group as the Red Roses.

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