Was not the best test match we have seen from England but they kept their hopes alive to break the record for consecutive test win when they beat France 19-16 on Saturday.
The first half did not reach the same intensity as the Scotland Ireland game with both teams only able to slot over 3 penalties each in the first forty. No team really dominated the first half as they made enough mistakes to let the other team in the game again.
England had enough changes but France defense hold up each time and a yellow card also did not helped their cause playing with fourteen for ten minutes of the half.
France did not capitalize on the yellow card and where only able to get two penalties in that 10 minutes to take the score to 9-3.
England looked dangerous on attack but were unable to finished any of their chances with some desperate defense from France.
The same can be said about France as they had plenty opportunities but only last effort defense from England on defense stop them from crossing the line.
What could only be describe as a disappointing first half for both teams they went into the break 9 a piece as the break.
The second half did not improve from the first as both teams could not put enough phases together to get over the line. England were looking much that they are forcing everything and making too many mistakes on attack.
France have definitely been better we seen in the last few seasons and control the ball and game well. They are playing a much better structured game which makes them much more competitive and dangerous at the same time.
England almost scored but just a foot in touch made the TMO decision go against them to score the first try. They did however got a penalty to take the lead to 12-9.
It was France that scored first with some great play among their forwards and backs to take the lead again 16-12. England came straight back and score the winning try with 10 minutes to go and kept that lead of 19-16 till the end.
It was not one of the best test matches but a win England will take as they chase the record for test matches in a row and another Grand Slam in the Six Nations.
England – Try: Ben Te’o. Conversion: Owen Farrell. Penalties: Farrell (3), Elliot Daly.
France – Try: Xavier Chiocci. Conversion: Camille Lopez. Penalties: Lopez (3).