Six Nations: England beats France with 23-13 on the road to the Grand Slam

24/02/2013 no comments »
Six Nations: England beats France with 23-13 on the road to the Grand Slam

England’s dreams of a first Grand Slam in a decade live on after they survived a bruising battle in front of a packed Twickenham. The match saw England maintain their 100% record in this year’s 6 Nations maintain the gap in the table.

A brilliant breakaway try from Wesley Fofana and the boot of Morgan Parra had given France a 10-9 half-time advantage as England struggled for possession and fluency. But Farrell’s efficiency with his kicks ensured England were able to stay in touching distance in the first half. Manu Tuilagi’s try and six penalties were just enough to take England over the line and secure victory over a deflated French side. England now stands top of the leader board with a 2pt deficit.  It was a hard-fought contest and France produced a much-improved display, compared to their below average performances against Italy and Wales earlier in the tournament. Stuart Lancaster’s men took control after the break to move within two wins of their first grand slam since 2003.England captain Chris Robshaw stated after the match “They caused all kinds of problems, we expected that. So credit to all the guys, it’s a great win”.

 The 81,713 in attendance at Twickenham all stayed until the end celebrating such an important win with “Swing Low” sounding out from all around the ground. England now awaits the arrival of Italy at Twickenham on 10th March to step even closer to the Grand Slam title. While France travel to Ireland on the 9th March and try to get off the mark and put some points next to their name.

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