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Women's 6N round-up: Red Roses seal Grand Slam

The Red Roses claimed a Six Nations Grand Slam after beating France 24-12 in Bayonne.

It marks their fourth consecutive Six Nations title, and they are now unbeaten in 23 matches, equalling the longest ever winning run by an England team.

France started the match brightly, and shocked the visitors inside the opening four minutes. A quick tap penalty from scrum half Laure Sansus provided immediate momentum close to England's line, and a delayed pass to the onrushing Romane Ménager saw the number eight go over untouched. The effort was converted by Caroline Drouin.

Undeterred, England stuck to their game plan, kicking deep into French territory, forcing penalties and opting for lineouts. It soon paid off as they took control of the Test through a familiar weapon - the rolling maul. 

Sarah Bern was the benefactor at the back of England's first maul score, which came on the 11-minute mark, and vice captain Abbie Ward bagged the second in similar circumstances moments later. France's frustration was clear to see after the third - another courtesy of Bern - as they struggled to deal with the strong English pack. Emily Scarratt successfully converted all three to make it 21-7. 

France battled back as half time approached, spurred on by a partisan crowd, and bombarded the visitor's line with wave after wave of attack, but Simon Middelton's charges held firm with an incredible defensive display lasting seven minutes, and they took a 14 point lead into the break. 

Stats outlined how competitive the opening 40 had been: England made 68 more metres, 25 more carries and boasted 59% possession, but France beat more defenders and caused more turnovers. 


Bevan scores but Wales edged out by Italy

TikTok Women's Six Nations
Wales 8-10 Italy

Wales looked to finish their TikTok Women’s Six Nations championship on a high when they took on Italy at Cardiff Arms Park on Super Saturday.

The opening stages of the game were all Wales with a dominant attack in the Italian half after an initial break from Lisa Neumann with support from Niamh Terry taking playing into their opponents 22.

But Wales struggled to turn their dominance into points on the board against a resilient Italian defence.

Solid attack from Wales kept Italy camped in their own half but the visitors chances came after a yellow card for Robyn Wilkins for a dangerous tackle on Italy’s Beatrice Rigoni left Wales down to 14 players.

Wales were dealt another blow shortly afterwards with a yellow card to Sioned Harries for a dangerous tackle leaving Wales down to 13.

Italy made their first trip into Wales 22 but a driving maul was nicely defended by the Welsh to secure the turnover. Despite a huge effort from Wales, Italy eventually made the extra two players work to their advantage with Sara Barattin clinching the try. Michela Sillari converting to put Italy ahead 7-0 going in at the break.

Back up to full contingent in the second half, Wales were kept in their own half by Italy who were firmly in control of the territory. But Wales similar to their opponents in the first half kept them away from the scoreboard, with Alex Callander winning the penalty on her own try line for Wales.

The Welsh conjured up an attack out of their half in the 60th minute, making waves in Italy’s half but struggled to get over the gain line and get on the board.

Wales opted for the three points going into the final 10 minutes with Wilkins kicking through to narrow the scores 3-7.

With the clock running down Wales we’re finally rewarded for their efforts with Keira Bevan slicing her way through to score the try and put Wales ahead by 8-7.

But Italy put the game to bed in the closing two minutes with a penalty to clinch the narrow 8-10 win.

A disappointing end to the TikTok Women’s Six Nations but Ioan Cunningham and his side will take positives from the tournament, finishing third after the opening two wins over Ireland and Scotland and sealed with a losing bonus point against Italy.


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