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  • Tuilagi,
    Penalty goals: Flood (2), Farrell (4),
23 - 13


  • Fofana,
    Penalty goals: Michalak, Parra,
    Conversions: Parra,
  • RBS Six Nations
  • 23rd Feb 2013
  • KO 17:00
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 81,713

England v France - Live

Last updated: 23rd February 2013  

80 The game ends with some pushing and shoving involving Ashton but nothing serious to report as England win the game by 23 points to 13. It wasn't pretty but the third part of a possible Grand Slam in 2013 is successful. Next up for the English is a home game against Italy. For France, they go to Ireland.

79 Robshaw has been named the official man-of-the-match at Twickenham after another all-action showing on the openside. 30 seconds to go here as France kick a penalty into the English 22. One more go...

Penalty77 FLOOD PENALTY! 23-13! That should be that then as England move more than seven ahead of France.

75 That could not have worked out better for England. Michalak's loose pass on the English ten-metre was gobbled up by Ashton before Flood booted the ball downfield. The icing on the cake saw Michalak have to hack the ball into touch on his own 22 as he was isolated against the rampaging English chasers.

Penalty73 FLOOD PENALTY! 20-13! Not rolling away from replacement Antonie Claassen gift wraps three points for the Leicester Tiger and England. The kick was 30 metres out, bang in front. England seven up again!

71 A superb touch-finder from Michalak off a penalty there pushes France up to within 40 metres of the English line. But what a blunder from the visiting line-out as they lose possession back to England.

69 It's carnage as first Robshaw intercepts a pass outside France's 22 and then Flood looks cross-field to Ashton. But the ball bounces away from the wing so it's a France line-out 10m from their own line.

67 Maybe the wrong call from Flood though as his grubber through is easily grounded in-goal by Clerc.

69 Twickenham likes that as Cole gets the better of Ducalcon to win his team-mates a penalty from a scrum. That ultimately sends England over halfway with a line-out leading to Tuilagi running hard.

65 Suddenly this game has opened up with Huget involved on two occasions before Picamoles powers his way up to the English 22. However, a fumble from Michalak foils that spell as Saint-Andre hits his desk.

62 Well now England have a brand new half-back combination as Toby Flood comes on for Farrell, who has just hobbled off with what looks like a knee injury. French ball and they approach halfway via Parra.

60 Fofana is penalised for not rolling away so while Farrell lines up his kick from 50 metres, Danny Care comes on for Youngs. Unfortunately for England, their fly-half's long-range kick goes wide

Penalty57 MICHALAK PENALTY! 17-13! France immediately cut down that lead to four points the Toulon playmaker.

56 Farrell misses the vital conversion from wide out.

TRY54 TUILAGI TRY! 17-10! He'll like this more. From a free-kick England went high via the boot of Goode and then the ball scooted out into the hands of Tuilagi. He then pinned his ears back for the line.

53 It does as aggressive defence forces a fumble 25 metres from the English line. Farrell likes that.

52 I was wrong. Great work from Les Bleus at the breakdown forces a relieving penalty for France which allows Tom Youngs, Haskell and Mako Vunipola to come on. That should bring real impact for the hosts.

50 French ball 40 metres from the home line as James Haskell is being readied on the sideline. Hang on a second though, here come England on a counter with Wood getting them over halfway. Promising rugby.

Penalty48 FARRELL PENALTY! 12-10! Dusautoir is the man pinged for pulling down an English maul so the hosts are ahead. Cue 'Swing Low' being belted out as Farrell steps up to slot over the relatively simple points.

47 Mas is penalised for sealing off at a ruck so this is better news for England territory wise as we await Hartley's throw fifteen metres out. It's been pinched again so he'll now throw 25 metres out.

45 It hasn't been a great day at the office for Ashton as now he has the ball ripped from his grasp by centre Fofana. Here is again now, running hard on his own ten-metre before kick goes down to Fall.

42 Good news for France as their pack win a penalty at scrum-time which hands Parra a chance to push his side back up to a four-point advantage...he pushes it to the right. A welcome reprieve for England.

Second half Here we go for the second half! Francois Trinh-Duc kicks us off...

Half Time England 9-10 France

40 That's that for the first-half at Twickers. It has by no means been a classic 40 minutes - which ends with a French line-out jumper being taken out in the air and Parra sending one wide from distance - but the tension is palpable. France said this is 'their Grand Slam' and boy are they playing like it.

39 England's line-out doesn't function now as Hartley has one pinched by Nyanga. Not too many positives for Stuart Lancaster to bring up in the changing room one feels. For France, more of the same I guess.

37 The French are camped on the halfway line before solid English defence forces Parra to say enough is enough and boots the ball long. Then comes the reply from fellow scrum-half Youngs. Tension, nerves.

Penalty34 FARRELL PENALTY! 9-10! A gift from Domingo to England as the prop lies all over the tackled player.

Conversion31 PARRA CONVERSION! 6-10! Four points is the French lead.

TRY30 FOFANA TRY! 6-8! Oh my word. That is something truly special from Fofana. He slipped a couple of weak and high tackles on the left touchline before outpacing first Youngs and then Ashton for a 50m score.

Penalty28 FARRELL PENALTY! 6-3! England are back in front.

27 That's what he can do. Tuilagi finds a hole in the French defence but is clipped five metres before the whitewash. It then came back the other way to Farrell ten metres out but his cross-field chip in the direction of Ashton was overcooked. Net result, we come back for a penalty for the home side.

25 No joy for England in attack just yet but the sound of Joubert's whistle will be music to their ears as they have a penalty on halfway. This one goes near to the corner via the boot of fly-half Farrell.

23 English ball on the French ten-metre with Tuilagi pumping those big legs of his to get him over the advantage line. Twickenham roars but there is a turnover soon after here comes Huget on the counter!

21 A stoppage here for some attention to Youngs' wrist following Picamoles having slipped the tackle of blindside Lawes. England beware, if the Toulouse number eight makes metres you're in serious trouble.

19 Kayser to throw on halfway as this opening quarter of the game remains tied. France look up for this as you might expect and therefore England won't have it easy, if that was ever going to be the case.

16 Now we have a French scrum after Tuilagi's hand brushed the ball in the act of making a tackle. This is good field position for France now just 20 out but it's now England who have a relieving penalty.

14 France look a whole lot better with a 9-10-12 combination of Parra, Trinh-Duc and Fofana. Why oh why has this not been in place all Six Nations? Anyway, it's a French penalty just outside their own 22.

11 Well we haven't had a completed scrum from the opening four called by referee Craig Joubert. Ah, finally one comes good .. very good for France as they win a penalty from it. This will go long.

9 French ball just outside their own 22 as Robshaw barks the orders at his defensive line close to the ruck. And the intensity pays off as France make an error which leads to an English scrummage 20 out.

7 Not sure what Farrell is doing there as he pushes Huget after the Frenchman's clearance for no reason whatsoever. It might be best for the Saracen to calm himself and not give away any soft penalties.

Penalty6 PARRA PENALTY! 3-3! Great strike from the recalled Clermont man and we are level.

4 Lovely rugby from France as Francois Trinh-Duc chips over the top for Fofana who races over halfway. And that eventually leads to a penalty for France in an opening that has been hugely entertaining.

Penalty2 FARRELL PENALTY! 3-0! That was quick. PSA will be furious with Maestri.

Kick-off Here we go then with Owen Farrell getting things going with a kick down to Morgan Parra who clears. England have a penalty coming here due to Yoann Maestri going off his feet. Farrell calls for the tee.

Team news England bring in Manu Tuilagi, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes to their starting line-up while France coach Philippe Saint-Andre finally moves Wesley Fofana to centre. There is a return for Vincent Clerc.

Welcome Hello and welcome from Twickenham where it's a cold evening ahead of Le Crunch. England will be keen to make it three wins from three in the 2013 Six Nations today but how can we write off the French?

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