England got back that winning feeling on Saturday when they beat France at home 23-20.
It was one of the best first half in test rugby we have seen in a long time and credit must go to both teams making this a spectacle.
France have only themselves to blame as they started to defend the scoreboard with 15 minutes to go and gave England all the opportunities to get that vital try.
France made the perfect start to the test match with ball in hand stretching England to all sides of the field and a kick through founded the hands of Dupont.
This gave France an early 7-0 lead but that was short lived as England kept ball in hand and stayed in the French twenty two. Eventually they got the ball out wide to the unmarked Watson to score the host first try.
Farrell was successful with a penalty which gave England a 10-7 lead after that poor start.
England looked good with ball in hand and they stretch France at every opportunity they got. Another penalty to England saw Farrell extend the lead to 13-7.
France then had their opportunity in England twenty two and almost got their second try but had to settle for a penalty to reduce the England lead to 13-10.
From the set piece France just showed their class with slick handling to move the ball wide to Penaud to score France second try of the match.
This put France back in the lead with 17-13.Both sides had chances at the end of the half but it was France that went into the break with the lead.
It was much tighter in the second half although both sides again had opportunities the defences of both teams was good enough to keep each other out.
Both teams got a penalty over to take the scoreboard to 20-16 for France.
France started to defend the scoreboard which gave England the chance to play their natural game and they did just that. With penalties coming England way they found themselves with an attacking line out with 5 minutes to go.
From the line out England moved close to the line and it was Itoje that picked the ball and powered over.
That gave England a 23-20 lead with two minuets to go. France try all they might but could not get pass the English defence leaving England with a great win at home.
England: Tries – Anthony Watson, Maro Itoje Conversions – Owen Farrell(2) Penalties – Owen Farrell(2)
France: Tries – Antoine Dupont, Damian Penaud Conversions – Matthieu Jalibert(2) Penalties – Matthieu Jalibert(2)
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