Cumbrian Cath O'Donnell helped England keep their Six Nations hopes on track with an emphatic victory over Wales.

The Maryport star was in the side that claimed a 59-3 bonus-point win at Cardiff Arms Park.

Loughborough Lightning O'Donnell was in the second row as England soon hit back after a bright Wales start.

After the hosts lead through a Keira Bevan penalty, Simon Middleton's Red Roses stormed back with nine tries all through different scorers.

Lucy Packer, Tatyana Heard, Abigail Dow, Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach, Ellie Kildunne, Maud Muir, Hannah Botterman and Sarah Beckett all touched down for the visitors, with Emma Sing and Lagi Tuima adding seven conversions between them.

It unfolded in front of a record 8,862 attendance for women's home match at the Welsh ground.

News and Star: Holly Aitchison scores England's fourth tryHolly Aitchison scores England's fourth try (Image: PA)

The four-time defending champions' strength in depth was on full display even though it took England until the 26th minute to go in front through Packer's try.

England then built a 19-3 lead at the break before the floodgates opened in the second half.

The visitors managed to hold off Wales despite going down to 13 women after May Campbell and Marlie Packer were sent to the sin-bin in the 67th minute.

Head coach Middleton said: "Credit to our team, I thought we were brilliant with how we handled the pressure that came on us - we problem solved with some of the attack and our defence was just incredible. 

"The difference being a couple more years on our backs as professionals showed today. Wales put so much into that first 30 minutes, they just ran out of steam in the end, and physically we are in great shape.

"We want to win every game we play, and want to win Grand Slams, we've got Ireland next who will be very proud and come at us on their turf and we'll give it our best because that's what we're about. 

"It would be amazing to get to Twickenham with a Grand Slam on the line."

It was a second consecutive start in the TikTok Women's Six Nations for O'Donnell, with England next in action at Ireland next Saturday before a home clash with France on April 29.