France coach Annick Hayraud still feels her side need to put together an 80-minute performance despite beating Wales 33-5 to set up a Grand Slam deciding clash with England.
The top try-scorer in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, Laure Sansus, touched down twice during an astounding first 40 minutes and was joined on the scoresheet by Caroline Boujard and Chloé Jacquet.
But Wales defended aggressively in the second half, limiting France to scraps and just a single try through fly-half Jessy Trémoulière.
And they finished with a flourish when Sioned Harries crossed the whitewash in the last play of the game to jubilent scenes among the vocal home support.
Hayraud said: “We have had a very difficult time putting together a full 80-minute performance during this year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations.
“That was definitely the case again today.
“We only scored one try in that second half, but to be honest, I think that was definitely more a case of how they played than how we played.”
The result leaves France top of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations table ahead of Sunday’s contest between England and Ireland.
The five tries against Wales were enough to secure a bonus point, their fourth from four games during this Championship.
But with a potential Grand Slam decider in Bayonne against England next week, Hayraud knows the team will need to put in a complete performance to have a chance of winning the title.
Hayraud added: “We need to start building continuity and execute it in the second half.
“In the second half here, we made some poor choices.
“But the wind was against us, and I think that made things tougher.”
This was not the first time this Championship that France have struggled to dominate their opponents.
Italy pushed them to the limit in a first half that finished 17-6 before Hayraud’s side eventually ran out 39-6 winners.
They also lost the second half in the Round 3 win against Scotland, with France 28-3 ahead at the break but only finishing the game 28-8 up.
With England on the horizon in Round 5, France will need to be at their best to avoid a repeat of the 10-6 defeat they suffered at the hands of Simon Middleton’s side last year.
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