|France (0) 4|
|England (16) 40|
|Tries: Hardcastle, Travis, Rudge (2), Cunningham, Jones, Beevers Targets: Stanley 5, Stott|
England cruised to victory over France of their girls’s worldwide match in Perpignan.
After a scrappy opening with errors from each side, Amy Hardcastle burst ahead and touched down the primary strive.
Paige Travis carved by the centre of the French defence with skipper Emily Rudge crossing in every half.
Jodie Cunningham, Tara Jones and Caitlin Beevers all darted clear within the second half, with Melanie Bianchini grabbing a France comfort late on.
England thrashed Wales 60-0 of their final sport in June and it seemed like being one other defensive shutout, however they might not maintain out, conceding with 20 seconds remaining.
With the gamers having full-time jobs, together with NHS frontline employee Hardcastle, they travelled to France on the morning of the sport having had Covid exams at 05:00 BST.
Craig Richards’ aspect got here up in opposition to France after the World Cup was postponed till subsequent yr and chalked up a rampant triumph to make it 18 wins from 19 conferences, with the opposite a draw.
In a double-header at Stade Gilbert Brutus, the lads’s sides meet at 14:30, reside on BBC One.
‘I’ll by no means fault the staff’
England head coach Craig Richards on BBC Two: “I do not find out about comfy, it did not look it sat up there, however I’ll by no means knock my staff when it comes to vitality, grit and a efficiency we must be pleased with, particularly in defence.
“A number of issues in assault we will work on, however I’ll by no means fault that staff.
“We talked about they’d front-load their vitality, they did that in components, however we by no means misplaced perception and saved turning up for one another, we modified one or two issues within the center, however France are an excellent, robust aspect in an intimidating ambiance.”