France crush Scotland with rampant win in Women’s Six Nations

France 55-0 Scotland: Emilie Boulard scored three tries as the Scots were overrun in the second half

Sport Staff
Sunday 16 April 2023 18:04 BST
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France scored nine tries during a crushing 55-0 victory over Scotland to make it three successive wins in the Women’s Six Nations.

After a well-contested first period, which saw France go into the break 17-0 up courtesy of Pauline Bourdon, Melissande Llorens and Emilie Boulard, the hosts ran riot in the second half thanks to two more tries from Boulard alongside efforts from Gaelle Hermet, Gabrielle Vernier, Romane Menager and Maelle Filopon.

The hosts thought they had scored the opening try just five minutes in when Charlotte Escudero crashed over but it was ruled out after Bourdon was adjudged to have supplied a forward pass in the build-up.

It did not take long for France to finally have their opener after a series of passes allowed Bourdon to race over the line but Jessy Tremouliere missed the kick.

Llorens helped to double the French lead before they scored a third try just before half-time in similar fashion to the first as France released Boulard to score.

The second-half French procession got underway six minutes after the interval when Boulard touched down for her second before Hermet collected a pass from Llorens to put them 29-0 up.

Two tries in two minutes from Vernier and Boulard, for her hat-trick, put France out of sight before tries from Menager and Filopon rounded off the scoring to condemn Scotland to their third straight loss while France leapfrog Wales and move to within a point of England.

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