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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007, 12:39 GMT
England Women 38-12 France Women
Danielle Waterman
Waterman made her debut for England against Ireland in 2003
Clifton wing Danielle Waterman scored a hat-trick of tries to help England maintain their bid for a second straight Six Nations Grand Slam.

England dominated the first half with Waterman and Charlotte Barras scoring twice and Maggie Alphonsi adding another to put them 31-0 ahead.

France number eight Delphine Plantet responded just after the break but Waterman added her third on 69 minutes.

Christelle Le Duff added a second score for France with three minutes left.

"I am delighted with this scoreline," said head coach Geoff Richards.

"Before the game I never expected this would be the kind of result we would be looking at.

"We played really well in the first-half and the players did everything asked of them. We scored some decent tries early on which I think stunned France and put them on the back-foot.

"After the break we lost some control, but we kept it together and it was only for a few errors that let France in and they scored."

England will seal the Grand Slam if they can beat Wales at Taffs Well this Saturday.

England: Barras (Saracens); Watermen (Clifton), Allan (Saracens), Burford (Saracens), Day (Wasps), Andrew (Saracens), Turner (Wasps); Clark (Henley), Garnett (Saracens), Storie (Blaydon), Taylor (Thirsk), McGilchrist (Wasps), Stevens (Clifton) Alphonsi (Saracens), Spencer (Worcester).
Replacements: Layland (Richmond), Gray (Wasps), Beale (Leos), Hunter (Lichfield), McLean (Thirsk), Staniford (Wasps), Penrith (Cardiff Quins)

England's remaining Six Nations fixture:
17 Mar: v Wales, 1430 GMT (Taffs Wells RFC)

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