England shine in the second half to beat France.

England ready for New Zealand in the final

Women's Rugby Super Series
England: (5) 20
Tries: Smith, Scarratt 2 Cons: Scarratt Pens: Scarratt
France: (18) 18
Tries: Cyrielle, Boujard Cons: Tremouliere Pens: Tremouliere 2

England ladies produced a miraculous second half comeback to beat France 20-18 and maintain their 100% record in the Super Series event current being held in the USA.
Already with wins over the USA and Canada, the England women got off to the worst possible start as French winger Cyrielle Banet crossed in the opening minute of the game.

Kelly Smith did get the England women level just before the 20 minute water break after a well worked switch to the blind side at the scrum, however it was not enough to hold the French at bay as Caroline Boujard scotched down the touch line soon afterwards as the Les Blues made it 5-10. The boot of Tremouliere added the conversion along with two late penalty goals to make it 5-18 at the break.

The second half showed a vast improvement by the English as they upped their game to dominate the second half as they looked to claw back the points required.

Emily Scarratt went some way to helping them when her try was eventually given after some debate on the grounding and if she was on side as she chased the kick. At 10-18 she sent the conversion wide, but by now England where in control and with 10 minutes left the big centre crossed again, this time adding the conversion to make it 17-18 to the French.

With only a few minutes remaining it was Scarrett again who held her nerve to slot over the match winning penalty that gave the English the lead for the first time in the whole game.
Speaking after the game, Head coach Simon Middleton spoke of how proud he was of his side especially over the way they fought back after such a poor start;

            “We showed the character in our team to come back from a tough position. We knew we could as we've got a lot of belief in being able to close games out – we did it against Canada and we've done it again today with some monumental efforts on the field.
“Scarratt is a bit special isn't she? There is nothing she cannot do really.
                      “New Zealand will be hurting from their defeat against France. They're world champions and it's always going to be a tough game when you play against them. We're going to have to regroup and dust ourselves down, but one thing we won't be short of is spirit.”

The result now see’s the English Women sitting top of the table, three points clear of World Cup holders New Zealand who suffered defeat at the hands of France a few days earlier.

This just adds to the pressure as they final game at the weekend is against the Fern’s and a win would see Simon Middleton’s side officially restored as the world’s best international side.

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