The Roses secured their second win from two games with victory over Scotland this afternoon, thrilling the capacity crowd.
After the victory, Clarke said:
“We’ve been building this up in our minds, thinking about how amazing the atmosphere is going to be when we walk out in front of a home crowd, and it hasn’t disappointed.
“It’s been sell-out crowds and they’re all going mad for every little good thing that we do! It’s just so nice to have everyone on our side and hoping we do well.
“As elite athletes you always have to have some nerves – I’d be worried if we didn’t, but I think we use them to the best and we’re just loving be out there.”
Of the performance against the Thistles, she added:
“We wanted to use this game to really build, so it was another step up. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I think we’re getting better each game, and we’re looking forward to another hit out against a different style in Samoa.”
England were dealt a blow though, when Layla Guscoth limped off in the first quarter.
“We’re a team that will always stick together, and we’ve got Layla in our thoughts right now. She’s being assessed, so we’re not thinking the worst just yet, and we’re looking forward to getting around her.”