W6N ROUND 4 RECAP

Elizabeth Cartwright

The final of the women's Six Nations concluded on Saturday, the Red Roses were crowned the winners of the tournament. Rugby fans were treated to three fantastic games, the England v France game being shown live on BBC2.

Ireland 25 - 8 Italy

Game one saw Ireland beat a depleted Italian side who finished the tournament second in Pool A. The Irish got off to a flying start, scoring their first try on eight minutes through Flanker Dorothy Wall. Though that was the only try to be scored in the half. Their second came on forty three minutes through Murphy Crowe, the Irish sevens star showed off some nifty footwork to cross over the whitewash. Another Irish try was awarded shortly after. Ireland's defence held strong, up until the sixty eighth minute, Bettoni scoring Italy's only try of the match. The women in green grabbed their fourth try on eighty two minutes throughMurphy Crowe. Ireland finished the tournament in third place.

England 10 - 6 France

A first half try on thirty nine minutes through Bryony Cleall, converted by Emily Scarratt, proved to be enough for the Red Roses to seal victory over France for the eighth time. Two penalties from Caroline Drouin in the second half did allow France back into the game. However, a late penalty from Scarratt, who had missed a couple of penalties earlier in the first half, handed the Red Roses the trophy and confirmed a hat-trick of Championship titles for Simon Middleton's side. The Red Roses Head Coach was proud of his squad's effort throughout the game but admitted he was nervous watching in parts; “To be fair we did control large parts of the game– or we maintained a control of the game, we didn’t control it completely – I don’t think anybody did. “It was two teams going at it hammer and tong and we sort of cancelled each other out a little bit. It was a really nervous affair, you could see both sides looked too tight to play. “Fair play to France, they were outstanding in their defence and we knew they would be aggressive and tough but we weathered it really well and gave as good as we got".

Scotland 27 - 20 Wales

Both teams entered the final round of the tournament looking for their first win of theChampionship. It was Scotland who did so, scoring three tries to Wales' two. Megan Gaffney, Megan Kennedy, Christine Belisle and Evie Gallagher were the try scorers, while Player of the Match Helen Nelson kept the scoreboard ticking with her boot. It was Scotland who scored first through Megan Gaffney. A lovely well worked team try, saw her finish in the corner on four minutes. Wales then scored two penalties shortly after but the Scots fought back and scored another try on the stroke of half an hour. Five minutes later and it was the ladies in blue who scored another! Half time score: 17-6 to Scotland. Right at the beginning of the second half, Wales picked up the pace and scored a beautiful try through Lisa Neumann. It looked as if Wales were more in control at the beginning of the second half. However it wasn't to last long and it was Evie Gallagher who scored next, the flanker finding herself at the bottom of the pile after another dominant maul from the home side. Nelson added another penalty to put Scotland further clear with 10 minutes to play. However, Wales refused to lie down and earned their reward with the clock in the red when Lewis finished a well-worked move. Wilkins nailed another conversion from the touchline to bring the final score to 27-20, a fair reflection of a largely evenly-matched contest.

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