Women’s 6N Wrap: Round Two

Date published: February 15 2016

France Women lead the Six Nations after two rounds on points difference ahead of England after defeating Ireland.

Italy and Scotland remain without a win after their respective losses this weekend ahead of the third round of fixtures on March 27 and 28.

France 18-6 Ireland
Aime Giral, Perpignan

France continued their dominance over Ireland claiming their 22nd victory in 24 meetings between the two sides with an 18-6 victory on Saturday.

Defeat for the defending Women's Six Nations champions Ireland ends their hopes of a Grand Slam while France have now won two from two to move joint top with England of the standings.

France took first blood – Audrey Abadie on target with a penalty after eight minutes but Niamh Briggs brought the scores back level with a penalty of her own just nine minutes later.

However, France again took the lead with just under 30 minutes played when captain Gaelle Mignot dotted down after a forwards drive from close range.

And just when Ireland looked to be mounting a dangerous attack, French winger Caroline Boujard intercepted a pass and ran the length of the field to score France's second try, with Abadie successfully converting.

With just over ten minutes left, Laura Delas kicked a penalty for France after referee Jess Beard disallowed a try for the home side ruling that there had been hands in the ruck.

And a late attacking surge by Ireland was again met by solid French defence keeping them out, summing up the night for the Irish who will probably need to win every game from now on to have a chance of retaining their title.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Mignot, Boujard
Con: Abadie
Pens: Abadie, Delas

For Ireland:
Pens: Briggs 2

France: 15 Julie Billes, 14 Caroline Boujard, 13 Lucille Godiveau, 12 Elodie Poublan, 11 Laura Delas, 10 Audrey Abadie, 9 Yanna Rivoalen, 8 Safi N'Diaye, 7 Pauline Rayssac, 6 Laetitia Grand, 5 Audrey Forlani, 4 Celine Ferer, 3 Julie Duval, 2 Gaelle Mignot, 1 Lise Arricastre.
Replacements: 16 Agathe Sochat, 17 Arkya Ait Labib, 18 Romane Menager, 19 Julie Annery, 20 Laure Sansus, 21 Camille Imart, 22 Coralie Bertrand, 23 Patricia Carricaburu

Ireland: 15 Niamh Briggs, 14 Elise O'Byrne-White, 13 Aine Donnelly, 12 Sene Naoupu, 11 Mairead Coyne, 10 Nikki Caughey, 9 Larissa Muldoon, 8 Heather O'Brien, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Paula Fitzpatrick, 5 Marie-Louise Reilly, 4 Sophie Spence, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Cliodhna Moloney, 1 Ruth O'Reilly.
Replacements: 16 Zoe Grattage, 17 Lindsay Peat, 18 Fiona Reidy, 19 Ciara Cooney, 20 Ciara Griffin, 21 Mary Healy, 22 Nora Stapleton, 23 Jackie Shiels,

Wales 23-10 Scotland
The Gnoll, Neath

Sioned Harries scored one try and created another as Wales picked up their first victory of this year'scompetition with a 23-10 triumph over Scotland on Sunday.

Harries was the beneficiary of an inexorable driving maul for the game's first try before creating a score for Hannah Jones but Megan Gaffney's effort in between ensured Scotland only trailed 15-10 at the break.

However, the Welsh went from strength to strength in the second half and Alisha Butchers' try with just over 20 minutes remaining ensured Scotland's six-year wait for a victory in the Championship goes on.

Scotland's early pressure turned into points as hooker Lana Skeldon slotted a penalty from in front of the posts. However, Wales got the game's first try on seven minutes as Harries dotted down from a driving maul and centre Robyn Wilkins nailed the conversion.

While Skeldon hit the post with a second penalty attempt, Wilkins made no mistake on 15 minutes to extend the lead to 10-3 but Scotland levelled proceedings on the half-hour mark. Scotland number eight Jade Konkel and outside centre Gaffney combined brilliantly as Konkel broke the line and offloaded to Gaffney who dived over.

Skeldon's excellent conversion didn't keep the scores level at 10-10 for long however as Harries slipped through two tackles five minutes before the break and looped a pass to Jones, who used her pace to blaze over the whitewash down the left.

Wilkins slotted a penalty to make it 18-10 for Wales before Alisha Butchers gave Scotland a mountain to climb when she burrowed over from close-range on 57 minutes after a five-metre line-out for the hosts.

Wilkins was again unsuccessful with the conversion but with a 13-point deficit, Scotland were unable to close the gap in the final quarter and their wait for a first Women's Six Nations since 2010 continues.

The scorers:

For Wales:
Tries: Jones, Butchers, Harries
Con: Wilkins
Pens: Wilkins 2

For Scotland:
Tries: Gaffney
Con: Skeldon
Pen: Skeldon

Wales: 15 Dyddgu Hywel, 14 Adi Taviner, 13 Hannah Jones, 12 Robyn Wilkins, 11 Elen Evans, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Keira Bevan, 8 Sioned Harries, 7 Alisha Butchers, 6 Sian Williams, 5 Siwan Lillicrap, 4 Rebecca Rowe, 3 Amy Evans, 2 Carys Phillips, 1 Megan York.
Replacements: 16 Amy Price, 17 Catrin Edwards, 18 Cerys Hale, 19 Jenny Hawkins, 20 Shona Powell-Hughes, 21 Bethan Dainton, 22 Gemma Rowland, 23 Melissa Clay

Scotland: 15 Chloe Rollie, 14 Lauren Harris, 13 Megan Gaffney, 12 Lisa Thomson, 11 Rhona Lloyd, 10 Lisa Martin, 9 Sarah Law, 8 Jade Konkel, 7 Karen Dunbar, 6 Jemma Forsyth, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Emma Wassell, 3 Lindsey Smith, 2 Lana Skeldon, 1 Tracy Balmer.
Replacements: Sarah Quick, 17 Debbie Falconer, 18 Heather Lockhart, 19 Fiona Sim, 20 Anna Stodter, 21 Jenny Maxwell, 22 Abigail Evans, 23 Eilidh Sinclair

Italy 24-33 England
Stadio Gino, Pistoni

England Women made it two wins from two in the 2016 Women's Six Nations with a 33-24 win over Italy on Saturday.

Maria Grazia Cioffi had put the hosts into an early lead but Lauren Cattell, Katie Mason and Lotte Clapp all crossed for the visitors – and reigning world champions – in the first half.

Sofia Stefan's try for the hosts before the interval was the first time Italy had scored more than one try against England but they still trailed 19-12 at the break.

After the interval Italy closed the gap further with a third try before Abbie Scott and Bianca Blackburn stretched the lead back out for England to seal victory.

Silvia Folli had the final say with a fourth Italian try but it was too little too late and the Azzurre have lost two from two to kick off their 2016 campaign while England go into the rest week a perfect two wins from two.

The scorers:

For Italy:
Tries: Cioffi, Stefan, Este, Folli
Cons: Schiavon 2

For England:
Tries: Mason, Cattell, Clapp, Scott, Blackburn
Cons: Reed 3, Cattell

Italy: 15 Manuela Furlan, 14 Michela Sillari, 13 Maria Grazia Cioffi, 12 Beatrice Rigoni, 11 Sofia Stefan, 10 Veronica Schiavon, 9 Sara Barattin, 8 Silvia Gaudino (c), 7 Elisa Giordano, 6 Ilaria Arrighetti, 5 Alice Trevisan, 4 Elisa Pillotti, 3 Melissa Bettoni, 2 Lucia Cammarano, 1 Elisa Cucchiella.
Replacements: 16 Lucia Gai, 17 Gaia Giacomoli, 18 Nicoletti Diletta, 19 Valentina Ruzza, 20 Michela Este, 21 Silvia Folli, 22 Paola Zangirolami, 23 Maria Magatti

England: 15 Katie Mason, 14 Ruth Laybourn, 13 Lauren Cattell, 12 Ceri Large, 11 Lottie Clapp, 10 Amber Reed, 9 La Toya Mason, 8 Sarah Hunter, 7 Izzy Noel-Smith, 6 Harriet Millar-Mills, 5 Emily Braund, 4 Abbie Scott, 3 Victoria Cornborough, 2 Amy Cockayne, 1 Rochelle Clark.
Replacements: 16 Emma Croker, 17 Heather Kerr, 18 Bee Dawson, 19 Poppy Leitch, 20 Poppy Cleall, 21 Bianca Blackburn, 22 Leanne Riley, 23 Lydia Thompson

With thanks to the Six Nations website/Sportsbeat