Another pulsating round of Women’s Six Nations action saw England and Italy maintain their unbeaten starts to the Championship, while France also got back to winning ways in confident fashion.
Nine tries from England saw them put in another blistering performance, this time in Cardiff against Wales, with France not far behind as they notched seven against Scotland, while it was Italy who edged a thrilling contest against Ireland.
And with every moment lived out on social media, there were celebrations, commiserations and reflections writ large for all to see.
Here’s the best of it.
Wales v England
England are still on track to complete the Grand Slam after recording their third bonus-point win at this year’s Women’s Six Nations as they beat Wales 51-12 in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Roses ran in nine tries against Wales, including two apiece for the standout Sarah Bern and Jess Breach.
England captain Abbie Scott also touched down, before Cath O’Donnell, Abi Dow and Sarah Beckett and fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean put the result beyond Wales.
But they had to battle an intimidating atmosphere in Cardiff to get the win.
One that saw Bern delighted to earn Player of the Match honours.
Thank you everyone for your amazing support yesterday. Honoured to be voted MOTM! Through the highs and lows always have pride in the rose 🌹 #3/3 #sixnations2019 #redroses #propscanruntoo pic.twitter.com/R7ma1O3PSv
— Sarah Bern (@SarahLily2468) February 25, 2019
Cerys Hale wasn’t going to let anyone get in the way of her score as Wales fought to the end.
— Cerys Hale (@CerysRhiannon) February 24, 2019
And Jess Kavanagh was also in the tries for the hosts.
Step a hanner, @9Jessk9 – gwych 👏🏻👏🏻
Quality step and finish by Jess 👌🏻 https://t.co/Hqk6TZWL71
— Clwb Rygbi Bro Ffest (@BroFfestiniog) February 24, 2019
Italy v Ireland
Italy continued their fine start to this year’s Championship by edging Ireland 29-27 in a tight encounter in Parma.
Flanker Giada Franco scored two tries, including the decisive score to help Italy beat Ireland in the Championship for the first time in their history, and they managed it with a four-try bonus point too.
And England legend Izzy Noel-Smith certainly wasn’t holding back in her praise for the Azzurre.
— Izzy Noel-Smith (@izzynoelsmith) February 23, 2019
While President of the Italian Rugby Federation Alfredo Gavazzi also weighed in.
A Roma per il Committee Dinner prima di #ITAvIRE di domani ma con il cuore vicino alle nostre Azzurre #Italdonne che questa sera a Parma hanno battuto l’Irlanda e possono festeggiare questo sabato sera in testa alla classifica del @Womens6Nations pic.twitter.com/rWUGgmNW8j
— Alfredo Gavazzi (@alfredo_gavazzi) February 23, 2019
It was a tough defeat to take for Ireland head coach Adam Griggs, but one that he and his side will no doubt learn from.
France v Scotland
Reigning champions France bounced back from their defeat against England with a thumping 41-10 win over Scotland in Round Three.
Gabrielle Vernier scored a brilliant hat-trick as Les Bleues clinched the bonus point by half-time in Lille to staythird in the overall standings.
Safi N’Diaye was sure to thank the home faithful for their support.
Merci Lille pour l’accueil et l’ambiance! 🔥
Belle réaction de l’équipe. 💙✊🏾
Pour ma part, merci pour vos messages je passe des examens demain! 😉🤞🏾 #xvfrancefeminin #rugbyfeminin #lille #6nations2019 #rugbywomen #nefaisonsxv #fraeco pic.twitter.com/c4JpPk5eev
— Safi N’Diaye (@safizizir) February 24, 2019
And the whole side was in party mode after the final whistle.
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 23, 2019
While it was also a special occasion for the try-scoring Rhona Lloyd for Scotland.
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