The Way of the Cross of the XV of France for women continues facing England. The Blue lost their fifth straight game against XV de la Rose. This Sunday in Pau, Annick Hayraud’s players bowed for their entry into the Six Nations Tournament (13-19).
Faced with one of the best teams in the world, and also the main black beast, the French have started the meeting badly. After 20 minutes of play, the Blue had conceded two tries. The first, by Abigail Dow, is conceded following a movement from a melee. The second, by Vicky Fleetwood, on a maul. “In the first period, we suffered in impacts”, regrets after the match captain Gaëlle Hermet. “If we didn’t attack them, we couldn’t win. We missed it. “
In front of its large crowd, the XV of France reacted quickly thanks to an essay by Laura Sensus (7-12, 27th). Jessy Trémoulière then passed a penalty reducing her team to two points at the break.
But after twenty minutes in the second half, the Habs gave in again on a breakthrough from Emily Scarratt, who flattened under the posts. Pushed by the noisy public of Pau, the French put the pressure at the end of the match on the defending champions. Returning to six points thanks to a penalty from Jessy Trémoulière, they however failed to weaken the English defense.
The XV of France therefore bows for its entry into the running. He will now have to count on a misstep from England to hope to win the Tournament. Because France and England are the two big favorites for the coronation.