U18 Festival News


France v Italy
France continued their impressive form in the Six Nations Under-18s Women’s Festival on Matchday 2 while Ireland came from behind for their second win.

Ireland started the day strongly with a determined win against Wales but Les Bleuettes remained unbeaten thanks to two victories over The Shamrocks and Italy.

After their tense draw with Le Azzurrine on Matchday 1, England enjoyed dominant wins over Wales and Scotland.

Italy ended the day with their first victory of the festival after a scrappy battle with Scotland.

Ireland 14-5 Wales

Ireland fought back to beat Wales 14-5 in the opening match of the day.

The first try of day two arrived through Welsh hands as Hannah Lane’s perfectly timed break sent her over in the tenth minute.

Ireland responded with ten minutes remaining when Abby Healy levelled proceedings and secured the lead with the extras.

After waves of Irish attack Emma Brogan dived over at the death and Healy converted for the side’s second win of the festival.

France 31 – 5 Ireland

France continued their perfect festival record with a 31-5 victory over Ireland.

Elina Folituu put France ahead inside six minutes as she did well to cross in the corner under pressure.

Two more tries followed for Les Bleuettes in quick succession through Faustine Piscicelli and Aelig Tregouet with Emy Baudru converting the latter.

Ireland hit back in the final ten minutes when Emily Foley went over but France sealed a dominant win with Baudru converting scores from Maud Barcellot and Perrine Fagnen in the closing stages.

England 26-14 Wales

England ran in four tries against Wales and secured a 26-14 win in the third match of the day.

Wales started well as Seren Lockwood and Ffion Davies gave them a strong advantage in the opening ten minutes with Hanna Marshall adding the extras to make it 14-0.

The Roses responded when Lucy Simpson brilliantly intercepted the ball to cross just three minutes later and Natalee Evans slotted the conversion.

The host side were reduced to 14 players on the 20-minute mark and gifted England a penalty try following a series of infringements.

Wales saw yellow a further two times in the final ten minutes allowing England’s Ruby Winstanley and Abigail Pritchard to put the nail in the coffin with Evans adding the extras for the former.

France 16-0 Italy

France made it an impressive four wins from four with a 26-0 victory over Italy.

Emy Baudru broke the deadlock on the seven-minute mark as Chérrazade Saiki added a further two points.

Italy did well to hold Les Bleuettes out but Maiana Gony’s quick feet extended their lead with ten minutes to go.

Saiki’s kick sailed through the posts and it wasn’t long before France shone in attack again, this time when Cassandra Leteur’s beautifully delayed pass set Kaléa Berroyer free for the score.

The Italians were shown a yellow card in the closing stages and as the clock went red Aelig Tregouet stormed over for her second of the day.

Charlie Gauyat’s boot added the cherry on top of a dominant win.

England 27-5 Scotland

England ran rampant against Scotland with a 27-5 victory in the penultimate game of the day.

The Red Roses were first on the scoreboard with Abigail Pritchard and Kayla Acton crossing in the first twelve minutes.

Scotland hit back through Louise Taperell after a sustained period of pressure, but it wasn’t long before England found their feet again as the forwards combined for Tamsin Baynes to dive over.

Hooker Heidi Pashaei Tarighoun secured a brace at the death and Solana Shaw de Leon and Emily Lunn extended their win through the boot.

Italy 12 – 5 Scotland

Italy ended the day with their first win of the festival 12-5 over Scotland.

Alice Antonazzo drew first blood for Le Azzurrine with a smart dive over an unguarded breakdown in the eleventh minute.

The number 8 found her second shortly after, unlatching herself from a scrum and storming over the whitewash leaving Alia Antonietta Bitonci to add the extras.

Scotland replied with ten minutes left when Hannah Smyth showed her pace but Italy would hold on for the victory despite being reduced to 14 players in the closing stages.