England beat France to win Women's Six Nations Grand Slam

England completed a third straight Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam when they beat France in the closing game of the championship 42-21 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

It was England’s 28th successive victory in the competition and their fifth straight title overall.

France, the last nation other than England to win the competition, went into the match also on four wins, trailing England by one bonus point.

England jumped into an early 14-point lead in the title decider in front of a sold-out crowd of 28,000 in Bordeaux.

England prop Maud Muir smashed over after four minutes, and No. 8 Alex Matthews trotted over after 11 minutes.

France hit back as centre Gabrielle Vernier scored after 17 minutes.

The home team’s determination to run the ball cost them in the 24th minute. Emilie Boulard attempted to carry the ball out of her 22 and threw an interception to Abby Dow who scampered over.

Winger Marine Menager surged up the line and through some limp tackling to reply for France, but England’s forward power told as flanker Marlie Packer and hooker Amy Cokayne scored before half time as England led 35-14 at the break.

Last season at Twickenham, England led 33-0 at half time but ended up clinging to a five-point win after an inspired French fight back.

Menager rekindled French hopes when she scored in the corner with 10 minutes left but that roused England and Matthews burst through a gap to score.

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