There were wins for France, England and Italy in Round 3 of the women's Six Nations.
England 59 Wales 3
England put on a sensational second-half display to maintain their perfect start in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations with a 59-3 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Leading just 7-3 after 34 minutes thanks to a Lucy Packer score, England went on to score two further first-half tries through Tatyana Heard and Abby Dow to lead 19-3 at the break.
And their ruthlessness came to the fore in the second half when scoring another six tries, as Wales ran out of answers to stop the World Cup runners-up’s attacking game plan.
Tries from Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach, Ellie Kildunne, Maud Muir, Hannah Botterman and Sarah Beckett and a defence that would not budge put England in total control and ended Wales’ unbeaten run this Championship in the process.France and England remain unbeaten, while Ireland and Wales have yet to win a game in this year's Women's Six Nations.
France 55 Scotland 0
In their first home game of the Championship, Emilie Boulard’s had a hat-trick in a superb French performance.
The France full-back notched up her three tries across just 19 playing minutes, as Les Bleues pulled away in style in the second half after a tight first half against a much-improved visiting outfit.
But despite having plenty of ball and territory in the first half, Scotland could not find their way over the try-line and it was France who led 17-0 at the break, with tries from Pauline Bourdon, Melissande Llorens and Boulard leaving them in a healthy position.
Further tries came in a second half flurry, as Boulard secured her hat-trick and there were further scores from Gaelle Hermet, Gabrielle Vernier, Romane Menager and Maelle Filopon.
Scotland kept searching for a score of their own but France always seemed to have someone available to turn the ball back, and in the end they could not find their way onto the scoresheet.
Italy 24 Ireland 7
Alyssa D’Inca scored twice as Italy got off the mark in the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations with a 24-7 victory over Ireland.
Le Azzurre were without skipper Elisa Giordano, injured in the defeat to England, but her successor Sofia Stefan enjoyed a try-scoring start to her captaincy.
The scrum-half scored the only try of the first half, with D’Inca adding a second early in the second as Italy stretched their advantage.
Ireland hit back with a penalty try but the superb D’Inca had the final word to secure the outcome late on.
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