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Your News England Women U20 defeated by France

England Women Under 20s succumbed to a 17-5 defeat at the hands of France on Saturday at Esher RFC.

In their first international of the season France proved too much of a handful for a young England side that were fielding ten uncapped players at this level in the match day squad.

England held France to a 7-5 lead at half-time but in the end the French pulled away with replacement Lna Auriol touching down for Frances third and final try.

England U20s Head Coach Amanda Bennett said: This was a much improved performance to the defeats we suffered against France a year ago and to be honest the game was much closer than the score-line suggests.

We were very much in the game at half-time and overall I was very impressed with our work rate and our physicality we were pinning the French down and getting back in defence. This certainly was a competitive game but we werent able to create the breaks and take the points. There is a lot to work on and we will do that over the next three weeks.

France kicked off the match with some good momentum and England were soon put on the backfoot. They paid the price when the visitors made the most of the opportunities that were there with fly-half Camille Imart executing an accurate chip and chase from the breakdown. The No. 10 picked up and then offloaded to scrum-half and skipper Marie Menanteau who touched down under the posts on six minutes. Vice-captain Camille Cabalou added the conversion.

England battled hard to get back into the game but struggled to get past the mid-field. France too had to work hard and couldnt make any further impression on the score board with the likes of Lucie Wood, Kayleigh Callaway Bawden and Abbie Scott influential in the backrow.

In the end Scotts moment came when some good continuity and pressure by England saw Scott cut a nice line and break through some defensive tackles to crash over the try-line to score. Skipper Megan Goddard couldnt make the conversion leaving England 7-5 adrift at half time.

After the restart England and France were once again neck and neck and it wasnt until the 50th minute that France pulled away from England with a try from a line-out, catch and drive and then a driving maul. Flanker Chlo Placines got on the end of it and took the spoils. Cabalou couldnt convert this time.

And that was where the scoring ended until the 80 minute of the game. England and France both defended staunchly but the battle was played in the middle of the field despite some nice breaks from the likes of Rochelle Smith and Goddard.

France, however, were more clinical and when their chance came they took it. As the seconds counted down the visitors executed a well worked line-out, catch and drive and the ball was recycled out and replacement Auriol went over in the corner. Cabalou couldnt add the conversion but it did not matter as France took the 17-5 victory.

England Women U20s will now play France on March 15 in Dijon.

England U20s (Name, Club, Division)

15 Georgia Peedle (Saracens, Herts, London & South East), 14 Mary-Ann Gittings (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West), 13 Rochelle Smith (Saracens, Surrey, London & South East), 12 Rachel Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumberland, North), 11 Holly Molesworth (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West), 10 Megan Goddard (C) (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West), 9 Leanne Riley (Saracens, Middlesex, London & South East), 1 Amy Needham (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumberland, North), 2 Lucy Aylesbury (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West), 3 Eleanor Prescott (Waterloo, Lancashire, North), 4 Courtney Gill (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West), 5 Francesca Hall (Richmond, Hampshire, London & South East), 6 Lucie Wood (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West), 7 Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden (VC) (Bristol/Penryn, Cornwall, South West), 8 Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumberland, North). Replacements: 16 Clara Nielson (North Tawton RFC, Devon, South West), 17 Mica Evans (Saracens, Middlesex, London & South East), 18 Scarlett Cooper-Wall (Old Albanian Saints, Herts, South West), 19 Ellen Gattlin (Saracens, Eastern Counties, London & South East), 20 Carys Williams (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands), 21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West), 22 Florence Williams (Aylesford, Kent, London & South East), 23 Rosie Kells (Hartpury, Gloucestershire, South West)

Tries: Scott

Substitutions: Nielson for Aylesbury (16), Blackburn for Riley (60), Gatlin for Hall (62), Evans for Needham, (62), Kells for Molesworth (67), Carys Williams for Wood(72), F Williams for Roberts (76), Cooper-Wall for Needham (77).

France U20s

15 Aissetou DIALLO, 14 Meryl DUBERTRAND, 13 Camille BOUDAUD, 12 Camille CABALOU (VC), 11 Cyrielle BANET, 10 Camille IMART, 9 Marie MENANTEAU (C), 1 Jennifer MENGUE NDONG, 2 Wendy DIVOUX, 3 Marjorie VAZ, 4 Pia CLAVE CHASTANG, 5 Chlo PLACINES, 6 Roxane BILON, 7 Marina KEREMBELLEC, 8 Marion GARNIER. Replacements: 16 Cline ESPIT, 17 Lna AURIOL, 18 Laura MENETRIER, 19 Charline CORRO, 20 Gladys BERTRAND, 21 Anas MARCON, 22 Kimberley LAUGAUDIN, 23 Aurlie GUILLEE

Tries: Menanteau, Placines, Auriol

Conversions: Cabalou

Referee: Sara Cox

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