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Hello and welcome to Grenoble. We
are at the foot of the French Alps
to bring you all of the best of the
action from around four of the
women's six Nations. We start here
were over 16,000 spectators are
expected to fill the stadium as two
teams go head to head in what is
undoubtedly the tie of the
tournament. It is France against
Number two and number three in the
world fighting it out. It is going
to be a big game.
When it comes to
recent matches between these two, it
is England who has the upper hand. A
semifinal win over France and the
World Cup. How much confidence will
that give them?
This is a new team
with lots of young players coming
through. They are young and they
have not been to this environment or
had this pressure. At the same time,
playing in France is never easy. In
2014 England lost here. It is about
coming out and starting well. For
England they have to stick to their
game plan and keep their composure.
We are expecting over 15,000 in here
tonight. How big an effect will that
have on both teams particularly when
they are not used to this? It will
have a big impact on them, more so
England. Having 15,000 people
potentially against you, supporting
the opposition, it will be getting
used to that. It is hard to block it
out. When you make a mistake as an
English player, the crowd cheered it
and when the French do well in the
crowd to cheer it, so you have got
to block that out. But the pressure
is on France. They have not lost a
game and they have to make sure they
execute their game plan and they
have to get points early because
they know England are used to the
We edged closer to perhaps
finding out where the six Nations
title will be heading. Will it be
England or will France make home
advantage count? Alongside madly in
the commentary box is Nicky. --
It is arguably the biggest match in
the women's game. France against
England and we are under way.
Abby Scott takes it on. A quicker
ball for Reilly this time.
Waterman popping up on the
right-hand side. And it is England's
first try. It came relatively simply
in the end. They did not spot
Waterman on the other side.
from England working their phases
and they spotted the space out wide
and Sarah Brown did enough to get
that off load.
Two points on the scoresheet.
Was there a late hit on Rachel
She kind upholds her line.
It will be the word at the very
least, but it might be a bit more
for Rachel Burford.
was no need for it and that is a
She is sent for ten
minutes into the bin. England is to
Tremouliere joining the line and now
they are looking dangerous.
they are looking dangerous. England
stretched for a moment on their
Driven back by Tamara Taylor. And
they give it to Tremouliere!
Patience from the home side.
all about patience. The French kept
the ball and they kept it alive.
They aimed to retain possession.
England did not put the pressure on,
especially in the 22 metres. One
missed tackle and that is all it
takes for the French.
It is just off
Boujard nearly went all the way.
They are that close. They come
again. It is tried time for France.
The French do what they are best at,
keeping that line with their big,
solid forwards. One thing they do
very well is they are able to attack
a broken defence. When your defence
becomes disjointed, they find that
That will be that for the first
half. It has been gripping. There
are just three points in it.
France have not committed too many
numbers, so at the moment it is just
a walk-in. Cokayne edging ever
closer. There is the line. England
get their first try in the second
It all came from the line-out.
The French are trying to put one
player in, but they do not commit
enough numbers and England to do so
well to throw their players in and
keep that ball alive and there is
only one direction, over the try
A key moment of the game this.
England with that first spot after
the break. It is important for
France to see some return from this
sort of field position. They are
splintering around and they get the
penalty. Menager controlled the ball
at the back.
Two flag is raised. Several hundred
flags raised. That gets the crowd
going. Look at the seams. 17,440 on
the board. It is a new record for
the women's International. France
gets the ball going.
They fire it back for the drop goal.
They have the penalty.
They have the penalty. No problem at
all. England extended their
advantage to four.
That is brilliant. Carla Neeson with
a run for the corner. England might
shepherd France into touch here.
What is the call on who took that
out? It looks like Kildunne rolled
away in the end. England just about
getting there. There was a huge gap
in the middle.
They have got a bit more width on
it. And burritos in the right
channel to make the tackle. They
need numbers there. Tremouliere is
going all the way. She could win it
for France potentially. They are so
capable when they need to be,
France. You could see Charlotte
Pearce calling across two defenders.
Look at the strength of Tremouliere.
They were sucked into the breakdown
so there were not enough numbers.
They love to attack broken play.
When they seek two versus one, they
always go for it.
always go for it.
They come again.
The clock is red and the game is
over. France love beating England in
even years and they have done it
again. England gave it absolutely
everything, but a double from
Tremouliere and another try was
enough to see them win.
Fair play to
France, they never gave up. They
went up right to the end which we
knew they would. We were not at our
best and we know that. That is what
the girls are more disappointed with
anything, we did not take our
Maggie has joined be from the
commentary box and we have Captain
Sarah Hunter with us. That was a
really tough match to end the way
that it did.
Absolutely. You could
see the disappointment on the team's
faces. Just what it meant to ask,
that game, and losing in the way
that we did right at the end. We
defended pretty well, we got that
close, we needed to get out of our
own third and we did not do that.
They took it and all credit to them,
they took their opportunities when
Maggie, disappointing for
England to lose it in that way at
the end, but what a game of rugby in
front of an incredible crowd.
It was brilliant. Gutted for the
England team to lose by a point, but
17 and a half thousand people, a
record number of people, and again
did live up to what we wanted it to
be. Where did you think in that game
That was one point you
could pick out, but we probably had
a few opportunities to score points
especially in the second half that
we just didn't take. And when you
look at a game where there are fine
margins, they are the ones you have
to take, maybe earlier in the
tournament it didn't matter, but
tonight it did matter. If we had
taken those opportunities when they
came, we could have been two or
three scores ahead of France, and
that try at the end wouldn't have
mattered, so we might need to be a
bit smarter about how we play the
rugby. We know they are dangerous if
they get into our third, and they
did that on a couple of occasions
when they had the ball, when they
kept it, and they were near our try
line, they came away with points.
Thank you so much for coming to join
us. We will let you go and get
showered and cool off. All the best
in your final match to come.
you very much.
Just a quick word
about the French full-back, Jessy
Tremouliere, she was the player of
the match today.
Yes, she scored two
tries, her kicking out of hand was
accurate, and that try at the end
highlighted how dangerous she is.
People talk about at the start of
People talk about at the start of
the game, but I don't think England
controlled her as much as they
wanted to. They needed to close her
down, because in that last bit of
play, England's defence also
disjointed, but almost opened up
gaps for her to run into.
It is a
relatively new side, the England
side, what should
relatively new side, the England
side, what should they learn
They should learn a lot. At
the time, losing is never great, but
you learn how you can improve as a
team and an individual, the next
game is Ireland and any to fix
themselves up and finish the next
game on a high.
Yes, the next game
for England will be Ireland, but
before then, the Irish welcomed a
winless Scotland to Donnybrook. The
hosts had eased past Wales a few
weeks ago, and your commentators are
Fiona Coquelin and Ryan Nugent.
COMMENTATOR: That is good work from
Scotland from the line-out. Sarah
Law, and it is taken on by Sarah
Bonar, and now the prop forward,
Kenedy, doing the clearer work.
Kenedy, doing the clearer work. And
the tackle on that occasion came in
from McDermott, and law is dragged
Ian and eventually forced into
conceding a penalty, it is against
Eva McDermott. And you think that
that was an opportunity for
Scotland, and they will take the
shot against gold put the points on
the board. It will be taken by Helen
Nelson, and straight over it goes.
Scotland owning the ball for the
opening two minutes of the second
half. Can they get points? The ball
is out wide, over the line, try
Talk about coming
out with a bang. They recycled,
recycled again. The ball moves out,
brilliant try, Brilliant sustained
pressure by Scotland.
Good feet from
Elsie Hughes at eight. The scrum
moves forward. It is super control
from the captain. Penalty try given.
And Ireland have their opening
score. And you can see just what
that means to the women in green.
Scotland take a couple of players
off the ball, and it is therefore
Malloy. Now it goes back in the
Lindsey Smith, and it is knocked
away, and over they go. It is
Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick is over.
Last throw of the dice. And Scotland
have got players in the air, and it
is into touch, and that is
Scotland's day. Wonderful scenes for
Scotland's women as they win against
Ireland for the first time in their
six Nations history.
We knew if we had met them on our
side, that we would do well, it was
keeping them on the positive side,
and all credit to Ireland, they
really gave it to us especially in
the second half, and we were
delighted to get that try
delighted to get that try to win.
So, disappointment for Ireland, but
a very raucous Scottish crowd still
here. Fiona Coquelin, former Irish
captain, is still with me.
have gone either way at the end. All
credit to Scotland, they came out
with intent, they played fabulous
rugby, they hit it hard through
their forwards and moved it out of
some really exciting backs, so all
credit to them, in the first win in
the Six Nations since 2007.
errors and discipline were possibly
I think if Ireland had
controlled the ball, it would have
taken more in their favour, but you
have to take your hats after that
Over a hundred players
were capped before the RFU
recognised women's rugby.
Disappointment on the field, but for
Adam Griggs and his players, they
just need to re-group and refocus,
and what they take from today?
same again, the unforced error is
killed, if they can control that, I
think next week they will be looking
for a performance against England,
and based on the performance today,
England are hands down favourites to
win that game.
So Scotland deserving
winners here at Donnybrook.
So to our final match of round
formatters, where Wales welcomed an
Italian team looking to get their
first points on the board.
COMMENTATOR: Dew half-backs trying
to keep things moving, and the first
try has gone to Italy, it is
Isabella Locatelli, and the
scoreboard is under way inside ten
minutes, but it is down to Italy.
Robyn Wilkins is going to take first
dibs of the TV. Wilkins breaks the
Welsh bagel just before the
half-hour mark. Wales struggling for
the line, and I think they have got
there. They are celebrating, and it
is Alisha Butchers who is given the
congratulations, and that is a very
big score in this game now.
Here comes her back line. Manuel
furl an, it goes back inside, and
finished off, yet again the Italy
attack showing they have the
confidence and the belief to make
their attacks count. And sliding
through is Madia, she scored one in
the first half, coming through again
in the second, and it isn't there,
and it is Rigoni with the finish.
That is a classic rugby try.
Penalty against Italy, I think it
was Sara Barattin. Follow me, she
says, and follow me they do. And the
subsequent try, I
subsequent try, I think it was
Charlotte Haynes who went down the
side. And that was a cracking kick
from Robyn Wilkins.
from Robyn Wilkins. Claire they have
got 90 seconds left. Again, the call
goes against Wales, and again Italy
will try and make the most of it,
the drive by Arrighetti. There is
Franco looking to capitalise on this
opportunity, hunting for that fourth
tried, and a bonus point would
follow, of course. And the victory
would be assured if they can score
now. They have got huge numbers out
to the left. They came into this
match was not a point on the table,
and now they have got the try bonus
point, and surely victory as well?
What a finish from Italy, what a
special day for Michaela Soumare,
the number 13.
That is it, it's all over. Italy
have come to Cardiff and scored four
tries to get their first win in 96
Nations matches. Their last win was
here in Port Talbot two years ago,
they have done the same in Cardiff
on the day for the mothers, the land
of my Fathers, Italy celebrate a
very special day with a huge and
So, France have their sights set on
the Grand Slam is the only unbeaten
side left in the tournament. England
still could beat them to the
championship, but they will need a
miracle from Wales next week.
Scotland secured their first win of
the tournament in Ireland, ending
their hopes of finishing in top
spot, plus Italy's first win mean it
is now a 3-way fight for the Wooden
Spoon. France have one hand on the
Grand Slam, on that 2018 title, but
for England they won't want to give
up just yet, because you just never
know in sport. France have to go and
Absolutely. England are
going to want to finish on a higher,
and there is always a possibility
that things could change, and
playing Ireland at home, a
double-header as well, England are
going to want to have the home
support, but they are a side that
could go on a potentially win the
next Six Nations.
Thank you very
much for joining us tonight. Much
more sport coming your way on the
BBC. There is life Premier League
commentary from Stoke City against
Manchester city, that is from eight
o'clock on ABC five Live. And in the
Super League Show at half past one
on Tuesday. Here in Grenoble it is
France who edged closer to the Six
Nations title and a potential Grand
Slam. We will be back next week with
all the action from the final
weekend as we find out who will be
crowned 2018 champions. Goodbye for