Report: France v Scotland

Report: France v Scotland

Scotland Women lost 55-0 to France in the third round of the TikTok Women's Six Nations at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

France came out firing in front of a fervent home support, as Charlote Escudero dotted down under the posts but the try was disallowed after a review of the TMO showed a forward pass from France in the build-up.

Scotland were immediately on the attack as some nice interplay between the forwards and backs saw the side thunder into the French 22 however the charge was brought to a halt after Scotland were penalised for holding on.

Moments later, Scotland sensed an opportunity and had a line-out on the French 5m line but the hosts defended against the driving maul well and were soon able to regain possession and clear their lines.

On the 12th minute, France were able to get the first points on the board as Pauline Bourdon sprinted over into the corner [5-0].

Scotland enjoyed a period of possession and showed glimpses of some promising attacking players but the French defence held firm.

France were able to extend their lead on the 23rd minute as Mélissande Llorens cruised over into the corner to score, with Tremouillere struggling with the touchline conversion [10-0].

With pressure mounting, France sensed another opportunity before the break as Caroline Boujard punctured through the defence to score in the corner. It was third time lucky for Tremouillere who slotted through the touchline conversion [17-0].

HALF-TIME: France 17-0 Scotland

France carried the momentum into the opening stages of the second-half, as Émilie Boulard darted into the corner to score [22-0].

The hosts were able to add to the tally on the scoreboard after Llorens made a searing break down the pitch and was almost bundled into touch by Chloe Rollie but the winger was able to offload to Gaëlle Hermet who crashed over the whitewash, with Tremouillere adding the extras [29-0].

In ruthless fashion, the French were relentless in their attack and were able to score minutes later as Marine Menager powered over, followed by an easy conversion attempt in front of the posts [36-0].

Boulard was back on the scoresheet for her second try of the match briefly afterwards, with Tremouillere slotting through the conversion [43-0].

Both sides were able to bring on a number of substitutions but it did not diminish France’s form as the side were soon back on the board as replacement Romane Menager dashed over the line [48-0].

And France had time to run in a further score as Maelle Filopon went over on the right hand side after several phases of powerful attack from the hosts [55-0.]

FULL-TIME: France 55–0 Scotland

France: 15. Émilie Boulard; 14 Caroline Boujard 13. Marine Menager 12. Gabrielle Vernier 11. Mélissande Llorens; 10. Jessy Tremouillere 9. Pauline Bourdon; 1. Ylana Brosseau 2. Agathe Sochat 3. Assia Khalfaoui 4. Maëlle Picut 5. Audrey Forlani CAPTAIN 6. Axelle Berthoumieu 7. Gaëlle Hermet 8. Charlotte Escudero

Replacements: 16. Elisa Riffoneau 17. Ambre Mwayembe 18. Rose Bernadou 19. Romane Menager 20. Julie Annery 21. Alexandra Chambon 22. Carla Arbez 23. Maelle Filopon.

Scotland: 15. Chloe Rollie (Loughborough Lightning) 14. Liz Musgrove (Wasps) 13. Emma Orr (Heriot’s Rugby/Biggar) 12. Lisa Thomson (GB 7s) 11. Francesca McGhie (Watsonians); 10. Helen Nelson VICE-CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning) 9. Caity Mattinson (Worcester Warriors); 1. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning) 2. Lana Skeldon (Worcester Warriors) 3. Christine Belisle (Loughborough Lightning) 4. Lyndsay O’Donnell (Bristol Bears) 5. Louise McMillan (Saracens) 6. Rachel Malcolm CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning) 7. Evie Gallagher (Worcester Warriors) 8. Jade Konkel-Roberts (Harlequins)

Replacements: 16. Jodie Rettie (Saracens) (for Skeldon, 64 mins) 17. Anne Young (Sale Sharks) 18. Elliann Clarke (University of Edinburgh) (for Christine Belisle, 56 mins) 19. Eva Donaldson (University of Edinburgh) (for O’Donnell, 54 mins) 20. Rachel McLachlan (Sale Sharks) (for Konkel-Roberts, 46 mins) 21. Mairi McDonald (Exeter Chiefs) (for Mattinson, 56 mins) 22. Meryl Smith (University of Edinburgh) (for Nelson, 66 min) 23. Coreen Grant (Saracens) (for McGhie, 8 mins).

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