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France overcome Scotland in Women’s Six Nations


France made it two wins out of two in the Women’s Six Nations with a hard-fought 15-5 victory away to Scotland on Saturday.

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Scotland, fresh from a narrow first-round win over Wales, went 5-3 up after hooker Elis Martin scored a try six minutes before the break after France broke the deadlock at Edinburgh’s Hive ground with a Lina Queyroi penalty.

It was an impressive effort by the Scots given they were thrashed 55-0 by France in last season’s Women’s Six Nations.

But the home side’s rhythm was disrupted when Molly Wright, on as a replacement for Martin, was injured in tackle just seconds after taking the field.

Following a lengthy delay for treatment, Wright was taken off the pitch. 

France responded the better of the two teams to the stoppage, with experienced No 8 Romane Menager sending in wing Kelly Arbey for a 53rd-minute try. 

In a match of missed goal-kicks, France finished strongly with Emeline Gros crossing for a try in stoppage-time that denied Scotland a losing bonus point as Les Bleues followed up their 38-17 victory over Ireland with another win.

Scotland coach Bryan Easson was proud of his side, telling the BBC: “It was really encouraging in so many ways. Defensively we put our bodies on the line… I thought we pressurised them all the way. They deserved a point out of that, they deserved a bonus point.”


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