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Ireland Women’s Rugby Team Comfortably Beaten By France In Opening Six Nations Game

While their male counterparts snatched victory over France with a dramatic late drop goal from Johnny Sexton in Paris, the Ireland women’s team couldn’t make it a double for the green-clad invaders in Toulouse this evening as they fell to the French by a scoreline of 24-0 in their opening game of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations.

Ireland got off to a bad start at the Stade Ernest-Wallon, conceding a try after just six minutes when Cyrielle Banet dotted down for the home team. Adam Griggs’ side rebounded well, however, enjoying a lengthy spell of possession during which they drove to within metres of the French line but they couldn’t convert the opportunity into a score. After giving away a penalty painfully close to the whitewash, they were punished by a sweeping French move that was finished by Jade Le Pesq. Jessy Trémoulière, who had missed her first conversion attempt, added the extras.

The French fans enjoyed themselves at the Stade Ernest-Wallon.

By half-time, the game was over as a contest, as Trémoulière brought France’s lead to 17-0 with a try of her own before the break. She missed the subsequent conversion.

In the second half, France went looking for their fourth try and a bonus point, but it wasn’t until the 73rd minute that they crossed the line again. Trémoulière played a prominent role in the move but it was Le Pesq who finished once again. Trémoulière found the mark with the follow-up kick.

The bonus point means that France currently sit atop the standings. Wales, who pipped Scotland by a point in Colwyn Bay earlier today sit in second. Italy host England at the Stadio Mirabello in the final game of this opening round of fixtures tomorrow.

Author: The PA Team

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