CAPTAIN Carys Phillips believes the way that Wales Women rallied from an early England onslaught bodes well for the rest of the Six Nations.

The fully-professional Red Roses were 51-12 winners at Cardiff Arms Park as they scored nine tries in the process, but Rowland Phillips’ side kept plugging away and produced a spirited second-half display.

Welsh tries came from Jess Kavanagh and Cerys Hale with Robyn Wilkins converting the second of those scores.

"After the first 20 minutes where England had a cluster of tries we started to step up and played a good game of rugby. Overall we're very pleased," said Wales skipper and hooker Phillips.

"There were definitely some dominant parts of the game for us and the scrum was one. We dominated there. There was some good stuff around the ruck area too.

"I'm very proud of the performance and belief the girls showed from 20 minutes onwards.

“It's a different ball game altogether when you play England, but most of their tries came from our mistakes. They capitalised on those to score, but they didn't really create much.

"They were silly errors from us which allowed them to get tries and we need to come back in now, review the game, and sharpen up on those errors.

"We will go into the Scotland game with a positive mindset. They have had a few players come back into their squad. It will be a tough game up there, so our focus is now entirely on Scotland."

In front of an Arms Park crowd of 2,333, Wales started well after the break with scrum-half Keira Bevan bossing her team around the park from the base of the ruck.

Wales' pack also impressed against a giant England outfit and Kavanagh's first-half try was a fine team score involving almost all of the backline.

Replacement prop Hale also crashed over the line in the dying embers of the game.

Wales head coach Rowland Phillips added: "After the first 20 minutes it was a competitive game of rugby. It wasn't just bits and pieces from us.

"We had a block of 45 minutes at the end of the first half and start of the second where we put England under pressure.

“Two years ago we played England at home and we were under pressure for the whole 80 minutes and it was difficult to get a foothold in the game.

"Last year was maybe a little better, but this year our fitness has improved and that's a positive looking ahead to the 2021 World Cup."