Scotland Women vs France Women, Sat, 10/02/2018 - 19:05

Scotland Women
3 - 26
Full time
France Women
Saturday, 10 February, 2018 - 19:05 | Scotstoun Stadium

Scotland Women welcomed France to Scotstoun in Round 2 of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations in front of a record Scotland Women crowd at Scotstoun.

The home side made a late change with Sarah Bonar’s injury ruling her out and Jade Konkel moving from loosehead to number 8. Siobhan McMillan was given her first start after winning her first cap last week and Nicola Howat coming on to the bench.

Lively opening exchanges gave the 2, 792 watching in the stands something to cheer but targeted and purposeful play from both sides produced no scores in the first quarter.

Scotland, who had struggled for territory for large parts last week, played the game in the visitors half for long periods and a solid scrum gave them a good platform.

Good yards from the forwards kept the momentum going but ultimately came unstuck as the French were able to win penalties at the breakdown.

Just as the first 20 minutes came to a close, France were given the first real chance of the half but were unable to make it count hitting the post and conceding a drop out.

Scotland took the respite to get more go-forward and a series of penalties put the home team on the French 22 once more.

Good continuity in the face of ferocious defence made France give away a third consecutive penalty in front of the posts. Sarah Law, who converted konkel’s try in Colwyn Bay, duly converted scoring Scotland Women’s first points against France since 2011.

Another penalty from the restart still wasn’t given a card but the resultant lineout maul being pulled down forced the referee’s hand and France would see out the half with 14 players.

That wouldn’t put a dampener on their play, however, and a dominant maul punished Scottish ill-discipline with a thunderous drive over the whitewash.

With minutes remaining, it looked as though we would have a one-score game at the break but a clever cross-field kick put Banet in space to dance her way over the line and stretch the half-time lead.

Half Time | Scotland 3 – 12 France

France besieged the Scotland line early on but a huge effort from the home side gave them the opportunity to clear.

A scrappy kick opened the door for France who pushed forward once more looking to assert their dominance but Scotland were equal to what the visitors threw at them and, again, a quarter passed without a score as the rain poured down.

The home team were finding it difficult to gain territory but their defence continued to hold firm and what possession they had in hand moved steadily forward.

They continued to find half gaps and put France under pressure but ultimately they were unable to cut clean through.

Again, it was late in the half that France were able to make an impact. Boujard cut through on the 22 to extend the visitors lead and put the game beyond doubt after 70 minutes.

Scotland continued to give their all but a last gasp score against the post pad from Le Pesq made the score more favourable to France.

Full Time | Scotland 3 – 26 France

A great performance from Scotland in front of a record crowd gives the team plenty of promise to build on as they head into a rest week.

Debuts for Nicola Howat and Mags Lowish broaden the squad depth and experience with Siobhan McMillan and Megan Kennedy adding to their first caps from last week with great performances.

Scotland Women will play England at Scotstoun on Friday 23 February (kick-off 7.05pm). Tickets are available at scottishrugby.org

Team lineups

Scotland Women
France Women

Backs

15 Jessy Trémoulière
14 Caroline Boujard
13 Jade Le Pesq
12 Camille Boudaud
11 Cyrielle Banet
10 Pauline Bourdon
9 Yanna Rivoalen

Forwards

1 Lise Arricastre
2 Agathe Sochat
3 Patricia Carricaburu
4 Safi N'Diaye
5 Audrey Forlani
6 Marjorie Mayans
7 Gaelle Hermet CAPTAIN
8 Romane Ménager

Substitutes

16 Milena Soloch
17 Maylis Traore
18 Julie Duval
19 Celine Ferer
20 Fiona Lecat
21 Emma Coudert
22 Gabrielle Vernier
23 Marine Ménager

Women's Six Nations Championship 2018 table

PosTeamPWLDPts
1Wales Women11002
2Scotland Women10101
3Italy Women00000
4Ireland Women00000
5France Women00000
6England Women00000

Women's Six Nations Championship 2018 latest results

Wales Women 18 v 17 Scotland Women