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Australia launch second-half rally to defeat Scotland as England survive France scare
Australia bounced back in the second half, with tries from Bienne Terita and Ashley Marsters.

LAST UPDATE | Oct 15th 2022, 11:07 AM

SCOTLAND LOST THEIR second World Cup game in New Zealand to Australia on Saturday, leaving the team with the lowest number of points in their pool and only one group stage game left to play.

The team had finished the first half on top with 12 points as seventh-ranked Australia struggled against a potent attack, failing to move the scoreboard.

Lana Skeldon had scored for the Scots but Helen Nelson failed the conversion, whilst the team were also awarded a penalty try in the first half.

But Australia bounced back in the second half, with tries from Bienne Terita and Ashley Marsters, both converted by Lori Cramer to help them to a 14-12 win.

Scotland are left on only two points heading into their game against New Zealand on 22 October.

The hosts are leading the group on five points following a 41-17 win over Australia.

france-v-england-womens-rugby-world-cup-pool-c-northland-events-centre PA England's Emily Scarratt scoring a try against France. PA

Meanwhile, England survived a late scare to beat France 13-7 and take a firm grip on their Rugby World Cup group.

Emily Scarratt scored all of England’s points with a try, conversion and two penalties enough to secure a 27th consecutive victory for the Red Roses.

France were outpowered for much of an attritional contest in Whangarei, with Alex Matthews and Marlie Packer driving forces in the England pack.

But France refused to yield and Gaelle Hermet’s converted try set up a grandstand finish that England were relieved to emerge from with a second success in the competition.

England had routed Fiji 84-19 in their World Cup opener, but France presented a far more formidable test ahead of the Red Roses’ final group game against South Africa.

Captain Sarah Hunter made her 137th appearance to become the joint most-capped England player.

France, who had beaten South Africa 40-5 in their World Cup opener, had to soak up early pressure and were severely hampered by losing two influential players.

Star scrum-half Laure Sansus departed in the 12th minute after suffering a potentially serious leg injury.

Number eight Romane Menager was knocked out after a tackle five minutes later and also left the field on a cart.

England’s domination told after 24 minutes with France pinned close to their line.

After several phases Zoe Harrison slipped an inside pass to Scarratt, who showed her power to crash over.

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Scarratt added the extras and a penalty at the end of a first half which saw France make 127 tackles compared to England’s 35.

The pattern of the game remained the same after the break and Scarratt uncharacteristically spilled the ball with the try line calling.

Hooker Amy Cokayne got over the line, but not for the first time a French body had burrowed underneath to prevent the score.

Scarratt extended England’s lead with a straightforward penalty before France landed a sucker punch after 64 minutes.

Caroline Drouin’s chip found Joanna Grisez in space and the wing made ground before allowing the replacement Hermet to crash over.

Drouin’s conversion made it a one-score game and England were left rattled in the closing stages as France seized possession and moved the ball wide.

But England held firm to claim their 11th successive victory over France and maintain their winning run.

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