Wales Break Attendance Record At Cardiff Arms Park

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

Wales suffered a 59-3 defeat against England in their TikTok Six Nations clash in Cardiff as the Red Roses pulled away in the second half after being rocked by a strong start from Ioan Cunningham’s side.

It was a top-of-the-table clash in the Women’s Six Nations between the two rivals, with both sides heading into the game with a maximum of 10 points from their first two games. However, it was England who continued their unbeaten start to the Six Nations.

Wales played to a record sell-out crowd of 8,862 in the Welsh capital and started strongly. The emotion, atmosphere, and tension in the early stages at Cardiff Arms Park all combined to help Wales produce a superb opening half-hour performance against one of the best sides in rugby.

Wales’ pace and accuracy in all facets of the game, namely in defence and at the breakdown, caused the Red Roses plenty of problems in the opening half-hour of the game. But England soon moved through the gears, scoring nine tries on their way to a dominant 59-3 win in Cardiff, keeping their Grand Slam hopes alive.

It was a disappointing weekend for the Welsh regions as all four sides fell to defeat. The Scarlets headed to Scotland to face their Challenge Cup semi-final opponents, Glasgow Warriors, in league action.

Dwayne Peel’s young side started strongly, with Dan Jones kicking three penalties to put the Scarlets in a strong position. But tries from Sione Vailanu and Fraser Brown were enough to seal their sixth straight win in URC action.

Scarlets might feel aggrieved as their Tongan star Vaea Fifita thought he had scored a match-winning try late on following yet another stunning solo effort, but the try was disallowed as the Scarlets lock was deemed to have been in an offside position.

It was another difficult night for the Dragons, who fell to a 40-19 loss against Ulster. It was a much-improved performance from Dai Flanagan’s side, but Ulster had too much in the final quarter for a Dragons side struggling for confidence.

Cardiff and the Ospreys also fell to disappointing defeats away from home this weekend. Cardiff fell to a 38-19 loss against Connacht, while the Ospreys lost 45-21 to an impressive Edinburgh side in the Scottish capital.

However, there is still plenty to play for as Cardiff and the Ospreys head into the final regular weekend of United Rugby Championship action still fighting for control of the Welsh Shield.

The pair will meet in the second game at ‘Judgment Day’ as they aim to secure a spot in next year’s Champions Cup. Cardiff only need one point to secure the Welsh Shield and European qualification, but the Ospreys can pip their rivals at the last minute with a bonus-point victory in the Welsh capital this weekend.