Defending champions France were in a rampant mood as they thrashed Scotland 55-0 in their Women’s Six Nations clash at Stade Marcel Deflandre in La Rochelle on Saturday.
France dominated from the outset and ran in nine tries with most of the damage done in the second half after they led 17-0 at half-time.
They had to wait until the 18th minute to open the scoring, however, when Safi N’Diaye crossed for the opening try.
They continued to dominate as the half progressed and were rewarded when Shannon Izar and Lenaig Corson also dotted down during this period.
The champions upped the ante after the interval and secured their bonus point in the 41st minute when Elodie Poublan scored their fourth try after N’Diaye did well in the build-up.
The rest of the half was one-way traffic with Jade Le Pesq leading the way with a brace of tries and there were further five-pointers from N’Diaye, Caroline Ladagnous and Camille Cabalou.
Tries: Le Pesq 2, Guiglion, Ladagnous, Poublan, Izar, Corson, N’Diaye, Cabalou
Cons: Leduff 2, Cabalou 3
France: 15 Jessy Trémoulière, 14 Elodie Guiglion, 13 Caroline Ladagnous, 12 Elodie Poublan, 11 Shannon Izar, 10 Christelle le Duff, 9 Jade le Pesq, 8 Safi N’Diaye, 7 Romane Ménager, 6 Marjorie Mayans, 5 Audrey Forlani, 4 Lénaïg Corson, 3 Julie Duval, 2 Gaëlle Mignot, 1 Lise Arricastre
Replacements: 16 Caroline Thomas, 17 Annaëlle Deshayes, 18 Céline Ferer, 19 Julie Annery, 20 Yanna Rivoalen, 21 Camille Cabalou, 22 Marine Ménager, 23 Patricia Carricaburu
Scotland: 15 Chloe Rollie, 14 Megan Gaffney, 13 Lisa Thomson, 12 Lisa Martin(c), 11 Rhona Lloyd, 10 Helen Nelson, 9 Sarah Law, 8 Jade Konkel, 7 Louise McMillan, 6 Karen Dunbar, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Emma Wassell,3 Lindsey Smith, 2 Lana Skeldon, 1 Tracy Balmer
Replacements: 16 Lucy Park, 17 Heather Lockhart, 18 Katie Dougan, 19 Sarah Bonar, 20 Jemma Forsyth, 21 Jenny Maxwell, 22 Lauren Harris, 23 Eilidh Sinclair
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