England Women WIN Six Nations Grand Slam with victory over France

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England Women have secured their third consecutive Grand Slam title with a resounding 42-21 victory in Bordeaux, France.

Their triumph was highlighted by tries from Maud Muir, Meg Jones, Marlie Packer, Amy Cokayne, and a brace from Alex Matthews. Throughout the 2024 championship, they conceded a mere 41 points across five games.

France managed to respond with tries from Gabrielle Vernier and a double from Marine Menager, all of which were converted by Lina Queroi.

From the outset, possession favoured England, and their dominance was evident when Muir crashed over for a try in the fifth minute, followed shortly by Matthews’ second try. Aitchison’s successful conversions put England in an early 14-0 lead.

France quickly countered, pushing into England’s territory and securing their first points with Vernier’s try.

Jones’ interception and sprint down the right flank set up England’s third try, but Menager quickly responded with her second try for France.

Packer secured the bonus point with a try from a driving maul, and Cokayne added a fifth try just before halftime, sealing England’s victory.

In the opening minutes of the second half, France’s tight-head Assia Khalfaoui received a yellow card for a high challenge on Mornwenna Talling. Upon review, the card was upgraded to red.

Despite the setback, France, led by scrum half Bourdon Sansus, continued to press forward, pushing into England’s 22 and putting pressure on the Red Roses’ defense. Menager capitalised on an opportunity down the right wing to score her second try of the match.

England responded with Matthews crossing for her second try, courtesy of a penalty kick that granted her side possession in French territory. Lucy Packer initiated the play by finding Connie Powell, who created space for Matthews to score under the posts.

With less than ten minutes remaining, this marked the final scoring action of the intense encounter in Bordeaux. Aitchison sealed the match by booting the ball into touch as referee Maggie Cogger-Orr blew the final whistle.

Congratulations to England’s Red Roses!

For more details go to www.englandrugby.com

Photo credit and source: England Rugby

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