Week three of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations proved to be a colourful affair with the emphasis on the colour blue. Italy, Scotland and France all normally wear differing shades of the primary colour.
The colour blue often symbolises serenity, stability, inspiration,wisdom or health. It can be a calming colour, and also symbolises reliability.
The was a large dose of blue reliability administered in Dublin, as France marched on to a final showdown with England at Twickenham Stoop next Saturday.
Under the bright blue cloudless skies of Glasgow, Scotland swapped their slightly darker shade of blue shirts for white ones, due to the colour clash with the Azure of Italy.
The blue symmetry did not just exist in shirt colour, both France and Italy touched down for 7 tries, and both teams conceded 2 tries to their opponents.
At Donnybrook, Five tries in the first 40 minutes saw France virtually secure a bonus point win by half-time,
Further scores from Caroline Boujard, Romane Menager and Cyrielle Banet took France beyond the half century of points.
Caroline Boujard took her try tally for the Championship to five from two games as France recorded a big win to set up a mouth-watering clash against England for the 2021 Women’s Six Nations title next Saturday at Twickenham Stoop.
Both teams had beaten Wales, meaning the match in Dublin was straight shootout to top Pool B and Les Bleues, impressed with a 56-15 win.
At Scotstoun Italy scored 2 tries in opening 9 minutes, Scotland suffered at line out and scrum which did not allow them to get any rhythm and cohesion into their play, Italy were well worth their convincing win.
Italy captain Manuela Furlan grabbed a hat-trick as the Azzurre saw off Scotland 41-20 at Scotstoun to secure second place in the Women’s Six Nations Pool A.
Italy will now play Ireland, in Parma on Super Saturday in the third-place play-off.
Italy made a dream start with two tries in the first nine minutes to race into a 12-0 lead thanks to scores from Beatrice Rigoni and Furlan. Their experienced backline was clicking and finding holes in the Scottish defence at every opportunity.
So both Scotland and Italy suffered a case of the Blues on a spring Saturday that gladdened the soul as winter finally shed its coat to give us a taste of spring.
The final weekend of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations looks like being the most competitive and most exciting of the whole tournament.