While their male counterparts snatched victory over France with a dramatic late drop goal from Johnny Sexton in Paris, the Ireland women’s team couldn’t make it a double for the green-clad invaders in Toulouse this evening as they fell to the French by a scoreline of 24-0 in their opening game of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations.
Ireland got off to a bad start at the Stade Ernest-Wallon, conceding a try after just six minutes when Cyrielle Banet dotted down for the home team. Adam Griggs’ side rebounded well, however, enjoying a lengthy spell of possession during which they drove to within metres of the French line but they couldn’t convert the opportunity into a score. After giving away a penalty painfully close to the whitewash, they were punished by a sweeping French move that was finished by Jade Le Pesq. Jessy Trémoulière, who had missed her first conversion attempt, added the extras.
By half-time, the game was over as a contest, as Trémoulière brought France’s lead to 17-0 with a try of her own before the break. She missed the subsequent conversion.
In the second half, France went looking for their fourth try and a bonus point, but it wasn’t until the 73rd minute that they crossed the line again. Trémoulière played a prominent role in the move but it was Le Pesq who finished once again. Trémoulière found the mark with the follow-up kick.
The bonus point means that France currently sit atop the standings. Wales, who pipped Scotland by a point in Colwyn Bay earlier today sit in second. Italy host England at the Stadio Mirabello in the final game of this opening round of fixtures tomorrow.