Emily Scarratt believes England’s 52-14 win against USA was the perfect opportunity to get Red Roses fans excited ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup in five weeks.
Natasha Hunt skipped through a hole to score the first try of the afternoon before finishes from Amy Cokayne, Claudia MacDonald, and a first-half double from Jess Breach.
After the break, MacDonald scored her second, and then Cokayne did the same before USA got on the scoresheet through Hope Rogers and a penalty try.
But Ellie Kildunne wrapped up the win with eight minutes remaining, despite a spirited display from the USA.
And ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand, Scarratt emphasised the importance of getting the fans back home onside.
“We absolutely want to live up to the momentum of England’s footballers and that is why these games are so important to us,” said the England centre.
“You know, we are at home and we have the opportunity to capture that crowd.
“Being away in New Zealand we know it is going to be more tricky for us, naturally given the location and the time difference.
“But I think any opportunity to come here and really capture this crowd is fantastic and the noise was brilliant.
“We are perfectionists and it was our first run out in a while so we were always going to be rusty and have a little bit of edge about us.
“The scoreline is really pleasing but by no means are we the finished article yet.”
Helena Rowland and Shaunagh Brown both saw yellow cards in the final 15 minutes, but the Red Roses had built up an indomitable lead.
England will now prepare for their final World Cup warm-up against Wales in 11 days.
And Scarratt insisted that her side will have plenty to analyse ahead of the game at Ashton Gate.
She added: “I think this is a really good opportunity to look back at things and make improvements on them.
“We had a plan coming into the game but we did not quite get the picture we were expecting from USA, they had a last-minute change with their 13 so we played things a little bit differently.
“We’ll look at it and as I say it is never going to be perfect, we have had a long pre-season, it is just awesome to be back out there actually playing the game.
“There is definitely lots to look at in terms of our discipline because they are such easy opportunities for other sides to get back into the game.
“The message at half-time was all about simplicity so I don’t think it is about reinventing the wheel, it is just sharpening up the tools that are already in the box.”