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Rugby - 13. March 2016.

France Women overpower Scotland Women

Safi N'Diaye and Julie Duval's second-half tries sealed victory for Jean-Michel Gonzalez' French Women as they bounced back from a narrow loss to Wales and maintained their Six Nations title chances with a 24-0 victory over Scotland in Cumbernauld.




In an end-to-end first half, Shade Munro's side managed to nullify France's powerful pack, moving the ball well, with Lana Skeldon and Jade Konkel prominent for the hosts.

Munro's charges though, failed to capitalise on a promising start and conceded a penalty try either side of half-time.

France Women's forward dominance eventually wore down the hosts, N'Diaye and Duval both crossing late on as the Scots tired. 

Munro's side started brightly, making inroads in the midfield through captain Lisa Martin and defending stoutly against the powerful French backs.

It was still scoreless after the first quarter, but Scotland arguably looked the more dangerous of the two, with Konkel providing front-foot ball consistently and Rhona Lloyd threatening in the wide channels. 

Lisa Thomson surged through a gap with ten minutes remaining in the half and managed to move the ball only for the Scots to give away a breakdown penalty and gift possession back to Les Bleues.

The breakdown became increasingly scrappy as the half wore on, with both sides giving away a mounting number of penalties, but it was France who had the best chance of the first half from a driving maul, but the TMO adjudged that a French foot was in touch.

Les Bleues though made their scrum dominance pay, earning a penalty try three minutes before half-time, with Laura Delas adding the extras. 

Former captain Tracy Balmer replaced Heather Lockhart at half-time, the loosehead immediately making an impact with ball in hand.

Balmer was sin-binned for not rolling away at the breakdown and Lisa Robertson was then thrown immediately into a five metre scrum, which France dominated, forcing a second penalty try, with Delas converting.

France's continued infringements handed the Scots territory and exceptional hooker Skeldon almost sneaked over from the back of a driving maul. 

N'Diaye was rewarded for a combative performance after 68 minutes when she powered through two tacklers from close range to give France Women their third try of the evening.

Their fourth came with less than two minutes remaining, replacement Duval took advantage of a Camille Cabalou break, supporting well to dart over. 

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