JANE Mitchell, the Saracens full back, maintained England's unbeaten record over Wales by scoring the match-winning try in injury time yesterday in the first women's rugby international to be staged at Cardiff Arms Park (a Special Correspondent writes). England won 14-10.
Deborah Francis, the Richmond wing, gave England the lead with the opening try of the game, but Wales hit back courtesy of a try by their Pontypool flanker, Jackie Morgan.
The first of two penalty goals by Samantha Porter, the Cardiff stand-off half winning international honours in her third sport, gave Wales the lead, but Karen Almond, her opposite number, made it 7-7 at the interval with a penalty of her own. Porter's second successful kick, ten minutes into the second half, raised Welsh hopes in front of a 2,500 crowd, but Almond tied the scores again with her second penalty goal.
SCORERS: Wales: Try: Morgan. Penalty goals: Porter (2). England: Tries: Francis, Mitchell. Penalty goals: Almond (2).
WALES: J Thomas (Bedford); W Shaw (Lampeter), J Jones (Blaenau Gwent), E Davies (Richmond), P George (Richmond); S Porter (Cardiff), J Decaux (Cardiff); T Wear (Cardiff), B Evans (Cardiff), B Davies (Lampeter), K Eaves (Wasps), F Margerison (Cardiff), J Morgan (Pontypool), L Burgess (Saracens, captain), C Mann (Cardiff).
ENGLAND: J Mitchell (Saracens); C Stennett (Wasps), J Edwards (Blackheath), G Prangell (Richmond), D Francis (Richmond); K Almond (Wasps, captain), E Mitchell (Saracens); J Mangham (Waterloo), S Wachholz (Richmond), S Ewing (Wasps), H Stirrup (Wasps), S Wenn (Clifton), G Burns (Waterloo), M Edwards (Blackheath).
Referee: W D Bevan (WRU).
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"Mitchell maintains an unbeaten record; Rugby Union." Times [London, England] 10 Feb. 1992