SARAH BERN’s dominant double win propelled England to Grand Slam glory and a fourth consecutive TikTok Women’s Six Nations title in France.
That Red roses faced their biggest challenge yet away at Les Bleues – their closest rivals – and things looked tense when Romane Ménager came on for the hosts after just three minutes in Bayonne.
But England turned the tide despite the partisan home crowd, scoring through their rolling maul three times in the first half, two of them from Bern, and leading 21-7 at the break.
Emily Scarratt added her only second-half points, with France clawing back a try but never really threatening a comeback as England went down 24-12 victories.
Center Scarratt, 32, said: “It means so much every time we have a Grand Slam.
“Some players weren’t in the squad for that game and that goes for everyone who played in those Six Nations.
“We were in control in the first half, but you never have control against a top team like France.
“Our strikers have been phenomenal and put in so much work. There are things to look out for but now we want to celebrate because it’s been a tough season.”
France burst into flames, capitalizing on an early push from Zoe Harrison to secure a field position, from which star scrum half Laure Sansus Ménager fielded for the first try.
England struck back, however, with Helena Rowland setting them up to a brilliant 50-22 and Bern being the player down after a driving maul.
Skipper Scarratt converted and was back soon after when Abbie Ward snatched England’s second place, again through her maw.
France simply had no answer and the visitors threatened to run away with it when Bern fell for their second goal.
The hosts fought back at the end of the first half before Harrison was sent into the sin trap early in the second half for an intentional break.
England, on the other hand, punished France with a penalty from Scarratt when Maëlle Filopon received a yellow card for the same offence.
The 14 women showed some panache as Annaëlle Deshaye made ends meet, but France kept themselves too busy while England celebrated in style.
And with the Grand Slam under their belt, the Red Roses will now turn their attention to clinching a world title in New Zealand later this year.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/18424497/england-win-womens-six-nations-france-sarah-bern/ Sarah Bern secures England their fourth consecutive Women’s Six Nations title