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Five standout players in Round 1 of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations

Abby Dow runs on to score a try

The TikTok Women’s Six Nations finally got underway last weekend and it did not disappoint, delivering three incredible matches.

England kicked the Championship off with a 57-5 win over Scotland in Edinburgh as they go in search of a fourth consecutive title.

Wales then visited Ireland in Dublin and managed to pull off an impressive comeback to win 27-19 to kickstart their first campaign since they signed professional contracts.

And on Sunday, France finished off the opening weekend with a 39-6 win over Italy in Grenoble.

With so much action there were a lot of top performances but here we look at the five best performers from Round 1 of the 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

1. Marlie Packer (England)

On her 80th cap, Marlie Packer had as close to a dream day as you could wish for in an England shirt at the DAM Health Stadium on Saturday.

The Saracens back row scored a hat-trick as England began the campaign with a nine-try win over Scotland in front of a record crowd for a Scottish women’s rugby match of 3,998.

Packer made 95 metres from 16 carries with ball in hand as she helped inspire Simon Middleton’s side to victory.

She didn’t stop there, though, making a team-leading 22 tackles without missing any and she was also a menace at the breakdown, finishing with a Round-leading four turnovers on her way to the Player of the Match award.

Marlie Packer receives the player of the match award

2. Donna Rose (Wales)

Wales prop Donna Rose was on the bench for the game against Ireland, but that did not stop her from turning the game around for Wales away at the RDS in Ireland.

Rose was introduced in the 62nd minute, with her team trailing 19-10, but her two tries in the 64th and 73rd minutes saw Wales record a famous away victory, 12 months on from losing 45-0 at the Cardiff Arms Park in the reverse fixture.

The Saracens prop was one of the 12 Wales players to be handed a professional contract in January and she is justifying that faith with match-winning performances for her country.

Donna Rose celebrates scoring a try with teammates

3. Madoussou Fall (France)

After suffering an injury in November against South Africa, Fall missed out on the two victories over New Zealand for Les Bleues.

But against Italy at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, Fall was back to her dominant best, scoring after just 17 minutes to get France on their way against a resolute Le Azzurre defence.

She had five carries to her name too, chalking up 32 metres, but it was her defence that really showcased the second row’s ability.

Fall made an incredible 15 tackles, more than any player on the field, as she earned the Player of the Match award.

Madoussou Fall on the attack for France

4. Hannah Jones (Wales)

Welsh centre Hannah Jones won the Try of Round 1 after scoring with a simply sublime effort in Dublin.

She broke away from Irish centre Stacey Flood and her extreme pace saw her steam into the corner to seal a memorable win for Wales.

She made 101 metres from 14 carries, breaking a remarkable five tackles in the process.

Jones was also one of only two backs to complete 100 percent of her tackles, proving she was on fire in both attack and defence.

5. Abby Dow (England)

Winger Abby Dow was a nominee for the Try of the Round gong herself and was unlucky to have scored her try in the same week as Jones.

Her turn of speed was evident, and she showed incredible agility to find the space and waltz over the line for a memorable score against Scotland.

However, that was not her only time on the ball as in just six carries she made 73 metres, breaking two tackles.

Dow made six tackles of her own in defence on what was a mightily impressive day for her and her Red Roses teammates.