Scotland v France

After an even start to the game, France took the lead in the 8th minute when scrum-half Laure Sansus chipped over the top and gathered it herself and cantering over the line.

Indiscipline from the visitors gave Scotland opportunities, and after a first lineout in the 22 was stolen, Scotland’s next foray into the red zone led to a penalty in front of the posts for not rolling away. Helen Nelson smashed the ball through the posts to get Scotland on the scoreboard.

France then scored for a second time in the 29th minute. The forwards worked their way up the line on the left-hand side before Jessy Trémoulière forced her way in between two defenders and over the line.

Scotland came back up the pitch again four minutes later and probed around the France 22, but the away team turned it over in a breakdown and were able to clear.

It was then France’s turn to attack in the 36th minute, with Mélissande Llorens finding space on the left. Scotland regained possession but Jenny Maxwell’s box kick was charged down, and the ball fell kindly for Sansus who scored her second.

And the visitors secured the bonus point with the last play of the half. A 50/22 got the visitors up the park before two successive offloads put Gaëlle Hermet over the line.

Half time: Scotland 3 France 28

Scotland nearly made a dream start to the second half as France’s box kick was charged down, but Leah Bartlett couldn’t gather quite gather the bouncing ball.

The home side were holding their own in the second half, and the introduction of Sarah Law, who was winning her 50th cap, added extra flare to the backs. Scotland worked their way forward from their own 22 in the 53rd minute, winning yards with each phase, but France won the penalty in their own half to end the attack.

Scotland charged into the French 22 in the 59th minute as Chloe Rollie shrugged off a tackle and darted for the left corner, but again France were rewarded at the breakdown and the chance was gone.

But Scotland were not to be stopped from getting a try, and did so in the 69th minute. After successive penalties in the France 22, Sarah Law found Chloe Rollie on the left wing with an inch-perfect floated pass, and the full-back broke through the tackle of the last defender and crashed over.

Scotland pushed for a second try, but France broke away on the counter Alexandra Chambon kicked through and gathered it. They worked their way over the line but a superb defensive work rate from Scotland meant the ball was held up.

Scotland continued to be the better team in the second half, but France’s defence held firm and they took a bonus-point win.

Full time: Scotland 8 France 28

Player of the match: Jessy Trémoulière (France)

Scotland: 15. Chloe Rollie 14. Rhona Lloyd 13. Emma Orr 12. Lisa Thomson 11. Megan Gaffney 10. Helen Nelson 9. Jenny Maxwell 1. Leah Bartlett 2. Lana Skeldon 3. Christine Belisle 4. Louise McMillan 5. Sarah Bonar 6. Rachel Malcolm CAPTAIN 7. Evie Gallagher 8. Jade Konkel

Replacements: 16. Jodie Rettie 17. Molly Wright 18. Katie Dougan 19. Lyndsay O’Donnell 20. Rachel McLachlan 21. Caity Mattinson 22. Sarah Law 23. Meryl Smith

France: 15. Emilie Boulard 14. Marie-Aurélie Castel 13. Marine Ménager 12. Chloé Jacquet 11. Mélissande Llorens 10. Jessy Trémoulière 9. Laure Sansus 1. Annaëlle Deshaye 2. Laure Touyé 3. Assia Khalfaoui 4. Céline Ferer 5. Madoussou Fall 6. Julie Annery 7. Gaëlle Hermet CAPTAIN 8. Emeline Gros

Replacements: 16. Célia Domain 17. Coco Lindelauf 18. Clara Joyeux 19. Safi N’Diaye 20. Romane Ménager 21. Alexandra Chambon 22. Morgane Peyronnet 23. Gabrielle Vernier

live commentary 1:00 PM Sunday 10 Apr 2022

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