Women’s Six Nations: France go three from three with win over Scotland, Ireland get off the mark

Colin Newboult

2J3WPX4 Glasgow, UK. 10th Apr, 2022. April 10, 2022, Glasgow, Scotland, UK: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow on 10th April 2022 Laure Sansus (9 - France) clears the ball from the back of a ruck in the match between Scotland and France in the Women's Six Nations Championship at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow on 10th April 2022 Claire Jeffrey (Credit Image: © Claire Jeffrey/Sport Press Photo via Credit: Zuma Press/Alamy Live News

France did all the hard work in the first half to secure their third successive victory in this year’s Women’s Six Nations by overcoming Scotland 28-8 on Sunday.

The French, who defeated Italy and Ireland in their previous two matches, were rampant in the opening 40 minutes, touching down four times.

Laure Sansus went over for two tries, while Jessy Tremouliere and Gaelle Hermet also crossed the whitewash, with Tremouliere kicking four conversions.

The Scots’ only response in the first half came through a Helen Nelson penalty, leaving them on course for a heavy defeat, but they produced a spirited response in the second period.

They battled throughout, preventing the visitors from adding to their score, and were rewarded for their endeavour when the always impressive Chloe Rollie scored.

Ireland beat Italy for first win

Ireland claimed their first victory in this season’s Women’s Six Nations and in the process extended Italy‘s losing run following a 29-8 triumph at Musgrave Park.

They initially struggled to get going as the visitors opened the scoring via Beatrice Rigoni, but the Irish eventually hit their stride in the second quarter.

The hosts touched down twice prior to the break as Lucy Mulhall and Neve Jones gave them a 10-3 advantage, before they extended that buffer in the second period.

Just three minutes of the half had elapsed when Eve Higgins crossed the whitewash to put Ireland well in control and leave the bonus-point in sight.

It duly came soon after as they were awarded a penalty try, putting the game well beyond Italy’s reach and giving them something to build on during the remainder of the campaign.

Melissa Bettoni did gain some consolation for Italy but Ireland justifiably had the final word through Katie O’Dwyer’s late effort.

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