Six Nations Rugby | Castel scores two points as France beats New Zealand – .

Six Nations Rugby | Castel scores two points as France beats New Zealand – .

The winger scored his first French try early in the first half as France came out of the box, taking a 14-0 lead after just 13 minutes at the Pierre-Fabre stadium.

They went on to score their second and France’s fourth try midway through the second half as France continued their 38-13 win last week with another big win.

Les Bleues opened the scoring thanks to hooker Agathe Sochat after just four minutes, and opening half Caroline Drouin was at her usual best from the start, converting the first scores of Sochat and Castel.

France continued to spice up the New Zealand defense, looking for a third score, Drouin missed a rare penalty attempt after 30 minutes, and the Black Ferns then came back on them after a brave defense.

Kennedy Simon eventually crossed the line to reduce the French lead to just seven points, with TMO confirming that she had taken the plunge.

The score made the game close after three weeks of resounding defeats for New Zealand.

France did have dominance in the front peloton however, and that dominance was made clear when a penalty try was awarded at half-time, with a driving maul apparently intended for the line, with Maia Roos also being sent to the trash for collapse.

This penalty try was a fatal blow for the Black Ferns, while France was supported by it, coming out in the second half with an extra spring in their strides, with dominance continuing for the remainder of the second half.

There were notable performances from Portia Woodman and powerful try-scorer Simon, but France’s dominance was confirmed when Castel crossed in the corner for their second try of the afternoon.

As Drouin converted a penalty to give France more than three goals eight minutes to go, the result was beyond doubt, much to the delight of the passionate French crowd at Castres.


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