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France hands England second straight loss

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Ireland have won the Six Nations championship after a lacklustre England succumbed 22-16 to an improved French side at the Stade de France.

Eddie Jones required tries but all he got was three-pointers in the first half as the teams traded three penalties apiece. Maxime Machenaud kicked all of Les Bleus’ points while Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly shared out the Red Rose’s before the interval.

It was a poor performance from England in the opening period and they continued to underwhelm after the break.

Jacques Brunel’s men duly punished their ill-discipline and inability to get across the gain line as a penalty try and another Maxime Machenaud effort off moved them in front.

The away team hit back via Jonny May but it wasn’t enough as Lionel Beauxis scored a late penalty in a frantic finish.

With Ireland’s result earlier moving them 10 points clear of the Red Rose, the visitors needed a quick start and they dominated possession and territory.

Chances were few and far between, however, and they had to make do with the accurate kicking of Farrell and Daly to accrue their points.

The hosts conceded penalties at will in the opening stages, allowing England to go 6-0 ahead via their centre and returning winger, who was on target with a long-range effort.

France soon took charge of the breakdown battle, though, and reduced the arrears through Machenaud before Farrell regained the away side’s six-point buffer.

England needed a spark to get them going but, as they were against Scotland, Jones’ men lacked direction and intensity. In fact, the hosts arguably looked more dangerous with ball in hand and deservedly levelled proceedings at the break, with Machenaud adding a brace of three-pointers.

Nevertheless, it was hardly a match to inspire and the performances of both sides were symptomatic of their respective campaigns.

Those frustrations continued into the second half with creativity at a minimum, but France finally found an opening. With a penalty advantage, Francois Trinh-Duc kicked out to the left where Benjamin Fall gathered and was tackled high by Anthony Watson.

Jaco Peyper, in consultation with the television match official, correctly awarded a penalty try and sent the full-back to the sin-bin.

All of a sudden, Les Bleus had the momentum and produced another opportunity from an England mistake – their umpteenth of the match – but they butchered the chance and the visitors escaped.

Unperturbed, a far more confident French outfit merely went again and earned a fourth three-point chance, which Machenaud duly kicked to extend their buffer.

Entering the last 10 minutes, Jones’ men looked out of the contest but, whether through tiredness or nerves, holes began to appear in the hosts’ defence and May gave Jones’ side hope.

They continued to press, despite a Beauxis penalty, but it was not enough as France deservedly went away with the victory.

The scorers:

For France:
Try: Penalty try
Pens: Machenaud 4, Beauxis

For England:
Try: May
Con: Farrell
Pens: Farrell 2, Daly
Yellow Card: Watson

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  1. I know that there are many who will rejoice in this latest Eddie Jones loss.
    If done for the right reason : That the ascot wearing stuffies that run eru deserve it as they passed up on the Charlemagne of Rugby Union – Jake White – to guarantee World Cup Glory, I’d agree!

    But it’s probably just I hate England and I’m glad they lost. Fine. Be that way.

    Thing is Eddie loves this. They are who cares games for him & the perfect opportunity to hammer this squad that they are mere mortals who have gone astray, their savior being……discipline & new personnel to stave away the complacency prior to when it counts – the WC.

    I happen to think EVERY test match is everything as it’s tracked in a block chain errr historical ledger that counts all wins & losses for National eternity. Eddie doesn’t care – he’s an Australian so why would he?
    These losses will only give England better odds of getting the trophy com 19

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  2. Pommies are braindead. jones has got a very ordinary bunch of players operating at 90% win record. Boks can definitely whip their asses. That lions winger Aphiwe should go straight into Bok no 11 jersey.

    1. Beast/kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Louw
    4. Etsebeth 5. Botha/PSDT
    6. Kolisi 7. JLDP 8. Whiteley (c)

    9. Schreuder 10. Pollard
    12. Serfontein 13. RjvR
    11. Aphiwe 14 JP 15. Gelant

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  3. @Americano: Any day England loose is a great day for me as with Australia in any sport. The thing is Americano, I have said it for more than a year, England not as good as everyone believed.

    They are a good coached team but they have issues and one if to be humble something most teams can learn from AB, you can be as good as you want and win as many test as you can but arrogance and sport does not work.

    England have been struggle for a while now at the breakdown and they depend on individuals to spark the team.

    Ford is as shit 10 as you get, it is always easy to play an ordinary player in a winning team but when they struggle the cracks starts to show.

    Brown must also now be given back to his club as it is only there where he can add something to the game.

    I think they will struggle in SA and the All Blacks will hammer them at the end of the year.

    If there is a time to struggle it is a year out from World Cup.

    The cracks are showing for England and top teams will take advantage of it, just the way professional sport has gone to.

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  4. Best chirp I saw was that it is unbelievable that this loss against France could happen to the winners of the 2019 World Cup.
    Anyway, with the gloating from English fans we had to endure the past few years, it is perhaps good for them to get back to reality. Some have had England as premature favourites for world cup glory, and claims that the only reason they are not number one, was because the All Blacks haven’t played them were thrown around.
    I am still of the belief that England is a very well coached and drilled unit and as such they will be a good test for the Boks this year.

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