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France 25-13 England Rugby LIVE SCORE: Dupont’s crucial effort puts Les Bleus on course for the Grand Slam

PARIS rocks as France chases Grand Slam against England.

Gael Fickou crossed the line after 15 minutes of play and scored the first try of the game.

And just as England seemed to be finding their way, Francois Crox scored a second try just before the break.

George Furbank then scored a try for England to give English, and irishhope fans.

But France captain Antoine Dupont emerged on the big occasion to put his side back in charge.

  • France 25-13 England

    76. Smith kicks one through the French line along the deck.

    Steward is following it and if it hadn’t been for a great game from Villiere the Englishman would have been there.

    There world class defends against Villiere.

  • France 25-13 England

    74. England works through the stages to push France back.

    They make small wins but end up trying a kick to find a way through.

    Good handling from the French before Jaminet relieved with a long kick into the English half.

  • France 25-13 England

    72. France has possession of the ball in their own half.

    Galthie makes some changes for Les Bleus.

    As the clock runs out, France will be anxious not to cede possession to England in her twenty-two years.

    Game management time for the French.

  • France 25-13 England

    70. England has an alley right in the corner next to the French tryline.

    They try to continue, Dombrandt takes the ball on the run but runs into a wall of French players.

    Despite crossing the line, France holds on to the Englishman.

  • France 25-13 England

    68. England had a penalty advantage just as Marcus Smith tried to cross.

    As he is about to kick, one of his own players blocks his way.

    He dodges them and then kicks, but it’s for no one.

    The referee brings it back for the penalty kick.

    England kick for touch.

  • France 25-13 England

    66. Jaminet shoots a drop goal straight out of the English half.

    It is charged by an English player.

    That was a long way to bet on a drop goal.

  • France 25-13 England

    64. England have possession deep in their own half.

    Youngs kicks high in the French half.

    Les Bleus retain possession of the ball.

  • France 25-13 England

    62. Quick dump to Dupont, who relinquishes his player and charges through the middle.

    Once he flies, no one would stop him.

    Just when France needs him, the world footballer of the year produces.

    Jaminet converted.

  • Trial – Antoine Dupont (France)

  • France 18-13 England

    60. The referee briefs both packs on their scrums.

    Three collapsed scrums in a row force the referee to act.

    Maybe lucky the fourth time?

  • France 18-13 England

    58. The fans are still singing and dancing in the stands, unfazed by England’s attempt as France try to push forward.

    Dupont puts the crowd in front of the visitor post.

    A solid English defense is required here.

  • France 18-13 England

    56. France manages to stop the swelling English attack.

    They win their own lane, turning defense into attack while going on the front foot in the English half.

    Furbank volleys the ball clear.

  • France 18-13 England

    54. Steward has a dazzling game of chasing his own kicks.

    He shoots one in the air and runs about 50 yards before coming under his own kick and capturing the ball.

    England checks but the referee awards a penalty for France.

  • France 18-13 England

    52. This attempt seems to have awakened English passion.

    You turn around a French attack and immediately counter.

    Having been cooped up in their own half, England are back in French territory in the forefoot.

  • France 18-13 England

    50. Well, that score changed the complexion of the game.

    England can shake the French now.

    They have to do that again.

  • France 18-13 England

    48. Brilliant game by England, stretching the French defense for the first time.

    They had numbers over when they got France to commit to tackles.

    Steward with a sidestep to go over the line.

    Smith converted.

  • France 18-6 England

    46. ​​France continues the kicking game we’ve seen all the French’s tournaments.

    Instead of playing kick tennis, Smith tries to run the ball.

    He gains some ground before being tackled but the visitors are penalized for offside.

  • France 18-6 England

    43. At every stage of the game when England tries to break through the French lines, they are met with big tackles.

    Not only that, the French then drive the player backwards.

    It’s like running into an oncoming truck hitting most of these French players.

  • France 18-6 England

    41. England with an attacking scrum early in the half.

    Smith shoots across the field knowing they had the penalty advantage.

    The ball goes wide just beyond the reach of the Englishman’s fingertips.

    You choose to kick after touch instead of taking the penalty.

  • Kick off: France 18:6 England

    Marcus Smith starts the second half.

    England need to shift up a gear in the next 40 minutes.

  • HT: France 18-6 England

    It will take something special to bring down this French site.

    Eddie Jones will have his hands full trying to come up with something that will put pressure on Les Bleus.

    Possibly the only way to stem the wave of French attacks is to put them more on the back foot.

  • HT: France 18-6 England

    It’s hard to see how England will return to this game based on what we saw in the first half.

    France looks so fluid in attack and makes good use of the late discard.

    England found some joy with the high ball, but whenever they make up ground they seem to return possession to France with an undisciplined attitude.

  • HT: France 18-6 England

    Jaminet broadcasts the conversion via the posts.

    Brilliant game from France for the try.

    Soak in the English challenges, sign players and have extra numbers.

    England just couldn’t cope.

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