France Women 18-17 England Women: Late try beats Red Roses
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 10/03/18 11:01pm
Jessy Tremouliere's last-minute try ended England Women's Six Nations Grand Slam bid as France Women claimed a dramatic 18-17 victory in Grenoble.
The Red Roses' hopes of a second successive title were dealt a huge blow ahead of their final match against Ireland, with France now the only unbeaten side.
Abigail Dow scored England's opening converted try before Tremouliere crossed for an unconverted score just after the half-hour mark.
Caroline Drouin edged France ahead with the hosts' second try just before half-time, again with the conversion going wide, before Amy Cokayne's try - converted by Katy Daley-McLean - put England back in front.
Tremouliere kicked a 54th-minute penalty to close the gap to a point at 14-13 in England's favour, before Daley-McLean stretched that to four from the penalty tee with nine minutes remaining.
However, Tremouliere finished off a fantastic performance with the crucial score, touching down in the 79th minute to claim a stunning win for France.
They will bid for Grand Slam glory when they face Wales Women in Colwyn Bay on March 16.
England Women will face Ireland at the Ricoh Arena on Friday 16th March (kick-off 5.30pm), before England U20s take on their Irish counterparts at 8pm. To buy tickets, visit https://www.eticketing.co.uk/ricoharena/