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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.
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
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.)