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Italy victorious

The Six Nations Women’s Championship took an unexpected turn when underdog Italy beat formerly undefeated France 17-12 at home. The Azzurri, always in the past a mid-pack XV, played superbly to defeat Les Bleues when winger Magatti broke a 12-12 tie with a second half score in the corner. The Italian defense held to give France its first Six Nations defeat in two-years.

The surprise Italian victory opened the door for both Ireland and England to win the 2015 title in the final game in two-weeks. Ireland shut out Wales 20-0 and are on track to win the Triple Crown (victories against all other Home Countries). The Irish were led by Niamh Biggs’s 10-points. They end with Scotland, an assured win.

England whipped Scotland 42-13 in Darlington at home, piling on eight tries. The Red Roses scored within the first 60-seconds in an easy triumph. Ruth Laybourn achieved the rare hat trick of three tries.

Table

Team               Wins    Losses              PF       PA                   Points

France              3          1                      92        29                    6

Ireland              3          1                      66        23                    6

England            2          3                      89        44                    4

Wales               2          2                      59        51                    4

Italy                  2          2                      60        89                    3

Scotland           0          4                      24        154                  0

Games

Saturday, March 21                  England host France

Saturday, March 21                  Italy host Wales

Sunday, March 22                    Scotland host Ireland

(A French victory gives them the championship. A French loss or tie and an Irish win will give Ireland the title, which it won in 2013.)