Wales Girls endured a nightmare begin to their Six Nations marketing campaign on Saturday evening, drawing a clean towards semi-professional outfit France in a 53-0 thrashing.
The opening weekend of the standalone Girls’s Six Nations noticed loads of tries and attacking rugby, however France’s dominant scoreline plus England’s 52-10 win over Scotland highlighted the gulf between sides competing in the identical event.
England are the one skilled crew within the championship, with France semi-pro. Everybody else is novice, so are restricted of their preparation earlier than they even step on the pitch.
France’s Caroline Boujard rating an early hat-trick of tries contained in the opening 20 minutes, with Les Bleus scoring eight tries in whole towards the Welsh in Vannes.
The Montpellier winger set the tone when she went over after solely two minutes, with Pauline Bourdon efficiently changing all of her team-mate’s early scores in addition to slotting over a penalty to place France 24-0 forward.
Agathe Sochat added one other transformed attempt earlier than half-time because the hosts went into the interval main 31-0.
Emeline Gros crossed for an additional two tries within the second half earlier than Emilie Boulard and Laure Touye scored late on to finish France’s complete victory. Bourdon had added 13 factors in whole with the boot.
Warren Abrahams’ Wales aspect will now regroup for his or her second Pool B match at residence towards Eire subsequent weekend, with France set for a relaxation weekend forward of their match in Donnybrook on April 17.
It is going to be an evening to neglect for Wales and head coach Abrahams after his first sport in cost, who endured a disappointing begin after pre-match speak of a brand new model of attacking rugby.
Captain Siwan Lillicrap led the entrance, Hannah Jones impressed defensively whereas Jasmine Joyce loved a small comfort when efficiently charging down what ought to have been an easy French kick by means of the posts. Wales additionally defended properly within the remaining 10 minutes by holding up over the road.
New caps scrum-halves Jess Roberts and Megan Davies and prop Donna Rose endured a troublesome begin to Check rugby, however Abrahams says he’ll now return to the drafting board.
“The French performed some fairly unimaginable stuff and we congratulate them for that,” he mentioned post-match.
“There have been some unimaginable moments for us, but in addition some classes to be realized. If we need to compete towards the most effective groups on the planet then we’ve got received to return to the drafting board and step issues up, however the effort and perspective was excellent.
“We knew France have been going to be robust as a result of they’ve confirmed themselves over numerous years. The squad is in an important place. We all know the place we’re in our journey and we’ll maintain constructing.”
Captain Lillicrap added: “There was loads of spirit, effort and optimistic perspective, however it was a troublesome night. What we should do now’s belief the method and our programs and try ourselves.
“That sort of scoreline is hard to simply accept, and there’s no hiding from that. There’s a number of emotion within the squad.
“Now we have to belief in what Warren (Abrahams) and the administration are attempting to usher in as a result of it’s thrilling and it’s a change.
“Issues don’t occur in a single day and we’ll study from this and take a superb trustworthy look within the mirror and make things better.
“Now we have received to entrance up and get a platform to provide ourselves some alternatives to assault towards Eire.
“The optimistic factor is we noticed glimpses of that, however the problem is to discover a method to transfer ahead and be according to it.
“Issues don’t change in a single day, simply take a look at the boys’s crew this 12 months from final. Now we have to belief what Warren is bringing to the squad and purchase into it as a result of it’s a recent fashion.
“Issues have been onerous with the pandemic, however the unity and tradition throughout the squad, and the way shut we’re as a bunch of gamers, is like by no means earlier than.
“It’s so essential we stick collectively and maintain preventing and believing so we will see a change.
“We didn’t desire a rating like that and there’s no person extra gutted than us. We’ll take a protracted, onerous take a look at ourselves and we might be again preventing, I can guarantee you of that.”
The lead to France adopted an emphatic England win in Doncaster over the Scots, the place the Pink Roses ran in eight tries at Citadel Park, with sisters Poppy and Bryony Cleall each scoring in a dominant show.
Within the tenth minute, Marlie Packer scored the primary tr, and Leanne Riley, Lark Davies, Bryony Cleall and winger Jess Breach, with a positive particular person effort, all added additional scores forward of half-time as England secured a bonus level to guide 33-3.
Helena Rowland additionally went over earlier than Scotland scored their first attempt of the championship by means of Hannah Smith within the 54th minute earlier than England then had hooker Davies despatched to the sin-bin for a excessive deal with.
Scotland alternative Molly Wright was proven a pink card simply after the hour following a harmful deal with which was picked up by the TMO.
England took full benefit as quantity eight Poppy Cleall charged over earlier than a late penalty attempt wrapped up the convincing victory.