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The Women’s Six Nations Championship began with two routs from the probable 2018 title contenders, France and England. It also featured a tight match between Wales and Scotland, where the Scarlet prevailed 18-17.
More than the Six Nation men, bonus points for tries and close contests, will play a part in aligning the League table. Both France and England picked up a bonus point in victory.
Wales 18 – Scotland 17: Coach Rowland Phillips XV went ahead 17-0, and later 18-5, seemingly on their way to a big win against the Scots. Scotland fielded their only four professional women, coming alive in the second period thanks to a double try performance by Chloe Rollie. The match played at Colwyn Bay, Wales.
Wales had to make do with a team that experienced defections from some players in Australia training for the Welsh 7s side in this year’s Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.
France 20 – Ireland 0: Played in Toulouse, the match started with a six-minute try from Les Bleues’ Cyrielle Banet. France dominated the first half, leading 17-0 at the break. Ireland never recovered and mounted no offense. France added one more try in the second half, and continued a solid defense. Game played at Stade Ernest Wallon.
England 42 – Italy 7: The Red Roses, Six Nations favorites, began their defense of last season’s title and Grand Slam outcome with an easy victory over the Azzurre. England notched six tries in the second half, a hat trick for Sarah Hunter. The game was played in Reggio Emilia’s Stadio Mirabello.
(The action returns February 15 for Round Two)