Week 5 Highlights Women's Six Nations Rugby


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Week 5 Highlights

Lee McKenzie presents highlights from the final round of matches in the Women's Six Nations, including holders England v Ireland, Italy v Scotland and France v Wales.


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They need numbers! Jessy Tremouliere

a! To go all the way and to

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They need numbers! Jessy Tremouliere

a! To go all the way and to win it

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for France! The game is over.

England gave it absolutely

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everything... France love beating

England and they have done it again!

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And what an atmosphere it was in

Grenoble, watched by a world record

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crowd for women's match, nearly

17,500 people. Tremouliere's

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last-gasp tribe broke the hearts of

England but it sets them up for a

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Grand Slam if they can beat Wales.

England hoping to keep the idea of a

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championship alive, but they need to

beat Ireland. Here's what's coming

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up... England have to win to stand

any chance of retaining their title,

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while Ireland are looking to bounce

back after being shocked by Scotland

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in round four... The Grand Slam is

just one win away for France, but

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Wales are equally determined to

spoil the French party... Both teams

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coming to the match on a higher

after winning last weekend. Who will

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take the spoils? I'm delighted to

say that this weekend, Laura Keates

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joins me. Sadly, she is out injured

just now. You have 60 caps. I know

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that you have spoken to the England

team, how difficult will it be for

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them to pick themselves up after the

defeat last weekend?

It will be

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tough but they are up for it today.

It was heartbreaking to see them at

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the end of the match, you could see

on their faces what it meant for

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them to lose the game. They will

definitely want to write a few

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rungs.

It is interesting, it is

never an easy match in France. We

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know that, but it was within grasp!

That will frustrate them even more.

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You're right, they did have it. It

is Test match rugby and at each

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level you need to take opportunities

when you get it. All credit to

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France, that is what they did and

they ended up with the win.

Any team

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travelling to Wales isn't up for an

easy night, that is what France had

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to do if they want to get the Grand

Slam. What can we expect from that

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match, how tough will it be?

It will

be really tough, traditionally

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France do not

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France do not travel very well. It

is whoever turns up on the day. It

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will be a cracker of a game!

And

England play Ireland, the team is

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getting ready as we speak. Some

changes on both sides but England

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know what they have to do?

I think

they will be looking to see what

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they can do today. They will want to

get a handle on the game early on.

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Off the back of those losses last

week, both teams will be fighting

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for it.

Laura, thank you. First,

let's take a look at England playing

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Ireland, then Wales and France.

England know what they have to do if

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they want to keep any championship

hopes alive. Let's go over to Rupert

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Cox and Kat merchant, our

commentators... COMMENTATOR: The

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line-out isn't working for Ireland.

England have another shot at it.

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Daley-McLean to Burford... That was

a good tackle from the island inside

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centre.

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centre. Waterman with a clear out.

Hunter, straightening the attack.

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Daley-McLean, deciding to kick

forward again. It is behind Tyrell,

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and it may be a try! For Danielle

Waterman, 47 in test rugby.

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Fantastic vision from Daley-McLean,

to put it through. I thought that

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Ellie would get there but Waterman

gets the try.

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A good line-out at the back from

Abbie Scott, but it was thrown

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forward, they need to check it here.

At a penalty for Ireland. Just what

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they were after.

The right decision

here. They can begin to build

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momentum. England missing their

kick, they were within getting a

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penalty.

With the left foot... No

problem! Getting Ireland to within

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two. 5-3, leading Ireland 25 minutes

in. A fierce contest. The final

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round of the 2018 women's Six

Nations, and England Grand Slam is

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out of the questions but take a

Six

Nations title and the Triple Crown

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is within reach. Packer... The Red

Roses have two run-on!

Still

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going... This is a big part of the

England game. So effective... Almost

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there! She is down. Marlie Packer!

16 test tries.

That is a good shift.

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As soon as Marlie Packer got her

hands on it, no way was she going to

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let Katie get her hands on it and

pass it out. She was heading for the

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line.

Here, again, come the England

line-out drive. Most of the Irish

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forwards held off there. There was

one player caught in...

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one player caught in... Packer has

got it again. They are almost there.

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Do they have a third try? Over the

line! Sure thing!

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line! Sure thing!

Great power from

the England pack, they are really

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dominating here.

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dominating here.

A short ball there,

Sarah Bern with heavy contact,

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coming in from Leah Lyons. She does

enjoy a spot tackle. A slow ball for

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England here... Ireland have the

turnover. The Ireland women can take

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stock, if they can pick up more

points before half-time. Abbie Scott

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there, going to ground. Still a bit

slow there, wasn't it?

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slow there, wasn't it? Briggs

kicking the winning points against

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the Black Ferns in the 2014 World

Cup. 19-6 now.

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Cup. 19-6 now. McLean feeds it, just

brought down. That was one-handed

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from Poppy Cleall. Marlie Packer off

the base. Pick and go this time from

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Sarah Bern... Sarah Hunter...

Playing 105th Test match tonight. A

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former women's rugby Player of the

Year. A chance for England! An

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overlap on the far side... She is

over! Ellie Kildunne, her fifth try

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of the Six Nations! She is

absolutely killing it.

What a try

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and what a finish. Absolute power to

get over the line.

Leave it now!

So

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much strength, so much depth, the

likes of Amber Reed coming in. Ellie

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Kildunne, still going! She is lovely

to watch, isn't she? Great feet, the

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off-load! Kelly Smith now...

Daley-McLean to Hunter...

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Daley-McLean again. Amber Reed!

Straight through the gap... Amber

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Reed has scored England's fifth! The

crowd here love that!

It started

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from the Ellie Kildunne break. She

is coming into her own, this second

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half in particular. Amber Reed

deciding enough is enough, and she

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is going for it.

O'Connor, feeding

the line-out.

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the line-out. They have had a big

fight all night long against this

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England front eight. They look

pretty well set here... Claire

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Molloy, in the box seat, heading

towards the England try line...

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Still moving forward! Almost

there... Have they got their first

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try? They have! It is Claire Molloy.

Very clever, they keep her up into

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the air, just long enough that

England cannot smash it. They have

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weight, Ireland with a good drive

going there. Work from Ireland

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there.

Time is up on the clock... --

good work from Ireland there. McLean

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with the off-load, Amber Reed cannot

take it back on the run around. That

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will do it. APPLAUSE

A fine performance from the red

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roses, a standing ovation at the

Ricoh Arena.

Absolutely amazing, to

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go out on a pitch like this and play

against a really good team, we had a

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great performance until the end.

It's a phenomenal feeling and good

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to get a win.

How we bounced back

after last week is something else.

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You won't fix everything over five

games, we are on the right path, and

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we are excited with how it develops.

The girls dug deep today and I'm

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proud to be captain of the side.

England have done what they had to,

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they hope Wales can upset the odds

against a strong French outfit.

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Commentary from Colwyn Bay coming

from Simon Ward... COMMENTATOR: Kira

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Bevan, checking positioning. Robyn

Wilkins with the clearance. The

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kickers have to be careful not to

kick a loose ball back to this

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potent back three.

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potent back three. Cyrielle Banet

with another one. The tackles

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falling off!

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falling off! Boudaud scored against

Italy and now she does against

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Wales!

We can see the threat that is

Cyrielle Banet. An elusive but a

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strong runner. Fighting off players

left, right and centre but she still

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has awareness to look for support.

Boudaud is rewarded.

It is an

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impressive front row for the ladies

in red.

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in red. Phillips and Evans alongside

the loosehead, under pressure.

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Trying to drive through the scrum

half.

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half. Draw... Slicing through! She

has support! Both of the half-backs

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have scored for France inside of the

first quarter.

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first quarter.

Scoring through the

centre there, and it went wide. They

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shortened the Welsh line, causing

big gaps as the Welsh players try

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and spread across the field.

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and spread across the field.

Le Pesq

going nowhere fast, brought down by

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Amy Evans.

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Amy Evans. Can Wales make something

of this unexpected possession?

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Wilkins... Aah, was that

unintentional knock-on? The referee

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says no, coming back for an earlier

call... Six minutes to go until

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half-time. This would be a very

psychologically important time for

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the home side to get onto the

scoreboard. That is a very, very

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good kick from Robyn Wilkins.

Boudaud... Throwing to Jessy

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Tremouliere.

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Tremouliere. The break is there for

Neeson! Alarm bells ringing for

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Wales once again, France with huge

numbers out to the left-hand side...

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Mayans... Wales setting out their

defensive line.

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defensive line. The attack, the

momentum, and the impetus in the

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French group is beginning to build,

and we are in the final minute of

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the first half. Wales are desperate

to hold out, France are desperate to

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get their third try on the board.

Weighing up the options, but the

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ball is still there. Look! Over to

Jessy Tremouliere, getting her fifth

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try of the campaign.

Well worked by

the French team. Lillicrap with

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great intensity from the defensive

line, and you have two prop

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forwards, unfortunately a bit of a

mismatch, taking her chances and

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going for the gap. Recycling, calm,

composed, release the player.

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And there another opportunity for

Caroline Boujard. I think the

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officials will have to confirm.

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officials will have to confirm. It

was jazz joist taking the player off

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the ball.

For a split second she

makes contact with the player, who

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does not have the ball in their

hands and that is an

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hands and that is an infringement --

Jaz Joyce.

Jaz Joyce will be

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watching from the sidelines for the

next ten.

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next ten. The Olympian so proficient

in sevens and 15s. The French

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forwards find forward gear and Wales

having to work overtime to just

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rebuff. And she is over. There was a

sense of inevitability to that.

Stud

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has been a real find in the

tournament, the up-and-coming

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hooker. Gets the ball away.

Powerful

dynamic, drive straight over. The

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scrum-half, she is trying to get

things going. And it is great work

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from Kavanagh-Williams.

France is

still on the front foot. What a

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reaction by the French. Half a gap

and they go for it.

Whisking it out

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to the near side.

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to the near side. Gets it back into

the outside centre. Neissen gets her

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first try of the campaign. That is a

case of where opportunity knocks,

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you have to take it and France have

the

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the killer instinct.

The difference

between them, it does not matter who

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is in position for the French, they

will go for it.

The ball sent out

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and once again, France celebrate

their third women's Six Nations in

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the last five years. They have

conquered. They are the Six Nations

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champions, Europe's top dogs. Well

deserved acclaim.

When we look back

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on the campaign, as for performance,

we will have a lot of confidence

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going forward and tonight is no

exception. With results there is

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frustration. Looking back to Ireland

and Italy, but we cannot dwell on

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that, we have to look forward.

It is

the grand slam. Grand slam

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champions, France 2018.

STUDIO: Great celebrations for

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France and their fifth grand slam

and England left to settle for

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France and their fifth grand slam

and England left to settle for the

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runners-up spot. I am joined by the

winning captain Sarah Hunter.

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England have been impressive in the

championship. The points you have

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scored, more than anyone else, small

margins can make a difference.

Yes,

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and in the way it is good for the

women's game. Test rugby now won on

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fine margins and if you are not

typical, accurate when you get the

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opportunity, that is what happens.

Against France we had opportunities

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and we would not clinical and

accurate in execution and if we had

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one more chance when we did that, it

would have been a slightly different

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results. We are disappointed with

that. We will learn from it. It is a

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cliche, but you learn more from

defeats than wins because you look

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at things in more fine detail. That

will build us for the future, how

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when we come to face teams like

France, what we need to do and the

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level we need to be at to ensure we

get a different results next time.

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We came in this week, short

turnaround, looked at where we went

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wrong and put our foot forward about

how we wanted to come out tonight

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and get the victory and a

performance. We will finish the Six

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Nations on a high, with something we

are proud of. Moving into next year,

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we have no more rugby this year so

good to finish on a whim.

A good

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performance from the pack.

Ireland,

all credit, the score does not

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reflect the game. They made a hard

physical battle. They came at us at

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the breakdown and we talked about it

at half-time. Probably did not allow

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the backs to get it. We identified

that, working harder, going forward,

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you see what our backs can do when

they get ball in space.

There were

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good examples of what can happen

with a strong pack, getting near an

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opposition line. You can see the

future, just rolling that ball over.

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You do not see the hours of work put

in, analysis, to make sure everybody

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is in the right place at the right

time and as Sarah said, the forwards

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took it forward for them today.

At

least England are finishing on a

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high. The final match was played in

Italy.

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Simon ward is your commentator.

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COMMENTATOR: Coming into the line

early. The try scorer from

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early. The try scorer from last

week, Locatelli scored the first try

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and set the standard. Franco Baresi

through. Two tackles and gets the

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off-load in. There is the first try,

inside three minutes. Italy on the

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board.

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board. Bettoni love scoring against

Scotland.

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Scotland. Italy pressing their case

for a second score. Almost, but not

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quite. Rigoni throwing it wide.

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quite. Rigoni throwing it wide. It

is one way traffic in the opening

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ten minutes. We saw from this

Italian back line how they were

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happy to move it across. Fairly

simply in attack and it paid

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dividends last week and has already

paid dividends this. Rigoni.

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paid dividends this. Rigoni. Manuela

Furlan. Defenders skating out of the

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way. It is all the way to the

try-line. Franco finishes it off.

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She set up the first and finished

off the third. There the little show

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and go. The power and pace to finish

things off.

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Franco, quick off-load. This will be

the bonus point.

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the bonus point. Rigoni slides over

for their fourth try early in the

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second half. Such good awareness.

Saw the opportunity and Rigoni, who

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scored at the Principality Stadium

last week, scores that the Stadio

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Plebiscito this.

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Plebiscito this. The drive is on.

Head is over the line, I do not

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think the ball has quite followed

it. A big opportunity.

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Who will take the next? Skeldon, the

hooker has done it. Her first try.

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Yet again, they get in position to

strike.

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strike. Jade Konkel spotted an

opportunity but is turned away.

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Skeldon going for glory again. Not

quite there. Sinclair. Sinclair has

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got there.

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got there. Her second try for

Scotland. Bailey

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Scotland. Bailey Sinclair and try

number two for the visitors. Italy

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and Scotland have shown they are on

the move. They are on the up. Italy

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victorious to finish things off. A

game that never got stuck in the

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mud.

Credit to both

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game that never got stuck in the

mud.

Credit to both sides. We are

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showing we are a team to be reckoned

with. We want the nations to take

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notice of Scotland and I think they

are doing that.

At the

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notice of Scotland and I think they

are doing that.

At the end of the

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championship, France sit proudly at

the top of the standings. England

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settle for runners-up spot with

Ireland in third. Italy finishing a

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decent fourth. The Scots and

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Ireland in third. Italy finishing a

decent fourth. The Scots and Wales

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occupying the bottom two positions.

Just with the arrival of Fiona, our

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own special music. Disappointment

tonight but I suppose you expected

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that taking on a strong English

side?

It was an improved performance

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for Ireland. We knew we would be up

against that English side, a

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brilliant blend of experience and

youth. Even the front row, Cokayne

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and Sarah Bern, 20 and 21.

Unbelievable the experience they

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have already. We need to improve the

game board to catch up with the

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likes of England. What is going on

in the women's game in Ireland in

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the last 12 months?

I think it came from a bad World Cup

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experience. I do not think there has

been a lot of development at grass

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roots and hopefully we will look at

that now.

That is one thing that

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needs to happen across women's

rugby, everybody needs to raise

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their game to the level of England

and France?

Exactly, you talk about

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the age group, under 20s, we have

those who have come through the

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ranks. It is invaluable to have that

player depth.

We have seen

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improvement from Scotland this year.

A lot of players for Wales and

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England heading off to play sevens.

It has been a slightly odd Six

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Nations this year.

Always after the

World Cup it is odd and when players

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are going to sevens, as well. But it

gives players a chance to see if

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they step up to the mark and those

players did it for England and

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France have a mixture of experience

and youth and young players have

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stepped up to the mark.

Who has

impressed you? All credit to

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Scotland. They have worked hard.

Credit to them, they have done well.

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I think the number of players.

Tremouliere for France. Sarah Bern

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for England. You can pick players

from every team. I think France have

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been consistent with a number of

changes and the game against England

0:27:570:28:01

was outstanding rugby from both

teams.

We spend so much time looking

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forward to the Six Nations and it

feels like blink and you miss it.

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Congratulations to France, champions

and Grand Slam winners. And thank

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you to you at home for watching.

Good night.

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COMMENTATOR: You know how dangerous

she is.

There is nothing Italy can

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do here. Wales get themselves on the

scoresheet.

What a score! What about

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that? From one end to the other.

To

go all the way and with it for

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France.

Try number two. Waterman.

It

is the Grand Slam. Grand Slam

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champions, France, 2018.

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Lee McKenzie presents highlights from the final round of matches in the Women's Six Nations, including holders England against 2015 champions Ireland, Italy v Scotland at the Stadio Plebiscito and France's attempt at finishing off their tournament in style against Wales. Expert analysis comes from World Cup winner and current England prop Laura Keates.