England edge France in Six Nations

By Frankie Gleed

With nothing but pride to play for, England took on highflying France in what Eddie Jones called “a game for the ages”.

Despite a very disappointing Six Nations campaign so far, England managed to come back against France to win 23-20. France, who have impressed this year after winning their two opening games, started the game strong with a try inside the first two minutes, with Dupont picking up a loose ball to touch down for a try which was then converted by Jalibert.

After conceding, England got going and scored in the 11th minute after Slade charged through the tackle line before Ford passed a wide ball out to Watson for a walk-in, with Farrell converting to even the score. England then continued to score with two Farrell penalty kicks to make it 13-7.

France had a strong period of possession around the 30th-minute scoring a penalty in the 30th to make it 13-10. Just 33 minutes later France scored a try after some very impressive play from a lineout. Jalibert with a lofted pass out wide to Penaud for an easy try. Jalibert then converted to make it 13-17, which it remained until half-time.

With England putting pressure on France after the restart, Itoje gave away a penalty to France after not rolling away with Jalibert extending his team’s lead to 13-20 in the 50th minute. Just 4 minutes later Ewls wins a penalty for England after being challenged in the air from a lineout. Farrell scores to make it 16-20.

It was Itoje in the 76th minute who managed to push through a very resilient French team. After a review on the TMO, the points were secured and Farrell, once again, converted the kick. England held out to win the game 23-20 stopping France from going for a miraculous Grand Slam if they went on to beat Wales, who can still achieve the feat.