France crush Italy in Rugby World Cup quarter-final

 Joanna Grisez scored a hat-trick of attempts as France outclassed Italy 39-three on Saturday to ee-e book a semi-very last berth on the women’s Rugby World Cup.

After dominating maximum in their sector-very last in Whangarei, it took till the very last sector for the French to reduce loose, scoring 4 in their 5 attempts after main 10-three at halftime.

Speedy proper winger Grisez scored the simplest strive of the primary 1/2 of however grabbed  extra for the duration of the past due rush, whilst substitute hooker Laure Touye additionally crossed.

France’s dominant scrum additionally created a penalty strive as they installation a semi-very last towards the winner of the day’s 2nd match, among protecting champions New Zealand and Wales.

Inside centre Gabrielle Vernier stated it became France’s excellent overall performance on the event, eclipsing their tight 13-7 pool loss to event favourites England.

“It’s been a hard few weeks and nowadays we proved that we're one of the excellent groups here,” Vernier stated.

“A lot folks haven’t performed at a World Cup so it’s new for us. It’s a dream come true.“We are so satisfied to play a semi-very last at Eden Park.”

Italy, making their maiden look withinside the event knockout phase, registered their simplest factors thru a Michela Sillari penalty goal.

Playing right into a stiff breeze withinside the 2nd 1/2 of, they slightly were given into France’s 1/2 of, now no longer helped via way of means of yellow playing cards proven to Maria Magatti and Silvia Turani, each for expert fouls.

It capped a forgettable week for the Italians, whose skilled lock Sara Tounesi became suspended for 12 weeks after the event judiciary discovered her responsible of biting a Japanese opponent for the duration of closing week’s very last institution match.

They struggled to dent a French protecting line which conceded the least factors of any crew withinside the institution phase, leaking simply  attempts.

France opened the scoring with the game’s excellent strive withinside the 2nd minute, whilst fullback Emilie Boulard released a 75m counter-assault which became completed via way of means of Grisez.

Despite gambling into the wind, France held sway for maximum of the primary 1/2 of and that they pulled clean with consequences to fly-1/2 of Caroline Drouin both aspect of the interval.It is the 8th time France have reached the semi-finals in 9 variations of the event, however they've by no means certified for the very last.

Sunday’s sector-finals pit England towards Australia and Canada towards the United States.


Previous Post Next Post