Team performance and win comes first for England’s Hannah Botterman rather than her own try-scoring glory
PUBLISHED: 11:56 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:17 11 February 2019
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Hannah Botterman added another try to her collection as England completed a sensational win over France in the Women’s Six Nations.
The former Welwyn and Datchworth forward crossed the whitewash in the second-half, one of seven tries for the Red Roses in the 41-26 success at Castle Park in Doncaster.
But it was the manner of the team performance that pleased the 19-year-old Stevenage-born prop rather than any personal glory.
Speaking to WHTSport she said: “We knew what we were coming up against. They play a similar high-tempo, high energy game so we just needed to bring our intensity and stay at our level and the girls went out there in the first half and did a cracking job.
“They couldn’t live with us.
“For us it’s now about being able to back performance after performance and not dropping off after this.
“It’s about going into the next game and being even better.
“We’ve gone full-time now and it’s really brought us closer as a group, being together week-in, week-out.
“It’s just onwards and upwards.”
Botterman had been named on the bench for Le Crunch but got an early introduction when Vicki Cornborough was yellow carded.
And even though that meant another spell on the sideline before she came back on for the final time, she said that the stop-start manner of her cap made no difference to her preparation.
“For me I got on to play and I did my job,” she said. “It didn’t change the way I played or my mindset.
“When I’m on the pitch I’m doing my job and that’s the same when I’m off the pitch.
“Both France and England have big forward packs and big physicality there and it was just head on head out there.
“All credit to the backs for some fancy tries but it was a fun physical battle.”
It continued a meteoric rise for Botterman, who started playing with Datchworth at the age of four before moving onto Welwyn.
And she was able to share the pitch with another former star of the Hobbs Way club, Zoe Harrison.
She said: “It’s incredible. Zoe for example, we’ve been mates for years and to have been able to go through club, county, divisional and then to do U20s and then be in this environment together, it’s just really nice.
“There won’t be many stories of people going from the same club all the way through.”