Women's Six Nations: England ease past Wales in front of record crowd

Jess Breach, Sarah Hunter, Amber Reed and Maud Muir celebrate England's win over Wales. Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images

England continued their winning run in this year's Six Nations with a 58-5 victory over Wales in front of a record crowd at Kingsholm.

Lark Davies and Jess Breach both scored two tries each while Sarah Bern, Alex Matthews, Shaunagh Brown, Emily Scarratt and Sarah Hunter also crossed the line.

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Kelsey Jones scored a consolation try for Wales in the second-half but the Red Roses cruised to another bonus-point win.

"It was tough, it was physical, it was hugely competitive," England head coach Simon Middleton said. "We were off the pace [in the first half], but Wales forced us off the pace -- I think we were a bit rattled, and I think there's some good learnings in there for us."

England's victory took place in front of a record attendance for an England ticketed home game of 14,689 -- the previous record was set at the Twickenham Stoop for the 2010 World Cup final.

"When I was standing there singing the anthem, I was thinking: 'We've changed the game' -- you couldn't hear yourself at times," captain Hunter said about the crowd.

"This, for me, was the turning point for times to come -- it's where the game should be."

The Red Roses secured their 21st consecutive win and look on course to lift the Six Nations title for the fourth time in a row.

England face Ireland on April 24 while Wales host France on the same weekend in this year's tournament.

Meanwhile, France maintained their winning streak with a battling 28-8 victory at Scotland on Sunday afternoon.

Laure Sansus scored two tries in the first-half with Jessy Tremouliere and Gaelle Hermet crossing over to earn Les Bleues a bonus-point win.

Chloe Rollie grabbed a try late on for Scotland who remain winless in the tournament after three consecutive defeats.

"We were really disappointed at half-time, our set-piece and attacking breakdowns had to tighten up," Scotland coach Bryan Easson told BBC Sport.

"We can't keep saying that, it's not good enough to give teams that start and put pressure on us.

"We had some good attacking sets, we just didn't fire a shot. When you put territory on a team, you have got to take that. When you lose ball early in a phase count, it doesn't put pressure on.

"Second half we did, they were under pressure and made mistakes."

Elsewhere, Ireland secured their first win of this year's Six Nations with a 29-8 victory over Italy on Sunday.

Lucy Mulhall and Neve Jones crossed over in the first-half while Eve Higgins, a penalty try and a late Katie O'Dwyer try sealed the win after the break.