Rugby Union

Rugby Union: UKAF women dominate 'le crunch' clash


The UK Armed Forces women's rugby union team were victorious in their 'Le Crunch' clash in Portsmouth.

They beat the French Forces 27-14 at Burnaby Road.

RAF and Harlequins player Amy Cokayne scored a hat-trick as UKAF's powerful scrum blew the French away on the South Coast.

UKAF took the lead when Cokayne drove over the line for a converted try but the French hit back immediately.

Adeline Carrasquet got on the end of a neat kick to level the scores at 7-7.

Sarah Graham could have put UKAF back in front with a penalty from a good position but she sent her kick wide of the posts.

It didn't matter, though, as UKAF and Cokayne wouldn't be stopped.

Watch: See how UKAF prepared for the fixture in Portsmouth.

First, Fionidi Parker's superb mazy run allowed her to gallop over the try line as UKAF led 12-7 at the break.

From there, Cokayne took over as she scored twice more to give UKAF a commanding lead in front of a triumphant home crowd.

Debutant Sally Stott also got on the scoresheet and UKAF were ready to end their run of bad form that goes back to 2015.

Lea Shaurly grabbed a late consolation converted try for the French but the home side stood firm to hold on to a good win.