France and England won their first World Cup warm up matches this weekend.
England 52 USA 14
A bad looking knee injury to Italian star Manuela Furlan marred a game that did not bring much by way of high quality, despite a blistering start from the hosts in Nice.
These two sides play each other again next week and both will be hoping that they can lift their standards enough to make the match more competitive and less error strewn.
In front of just over 3,000 people, France raced into the lead with a straightforward finish from scrum half Laure Sansus, as the French pack dominated the early exchanges.
The score was converted by Caroline Drouin, and France were over again just a few minutes later, this time when Celine Ferer crashed over for a 14-0 lead.
Annaëlle Deshayes then raced over as it looked like France were turning on the style and would record a comfortable win, but that would be that for the scoring for the next hour.
Emilie Boulard did cross the line after a deft chip and chase, but her score was ruled out by the TMO and both sides were then guilty of poor errors and inaccuracies as the game wore on.
Italy coach Andrea Di Giandomenico, said there were some positives to take.
"Our defence after the three initial tries offered a proof of quality which represents one of the more comforting aspects of the evening. Overall we showed good potential, but we need to improve in various aspects of the game, starting with the ability to maintain possession which has severely limited our offensive effectiveness.
"We lost more than twenty balls and this is not acceptable at this level and for the level with which we will have to compete at the World Cup: it will be one of the focuses on which we will concentrate immediately in view of the next match in Biella against France ”