Following results elsewhere, by the time this match started it was clear that England were playing for honour, and the possibility of passing Ireland in the table, whereas France were playing for the Grand Slam. France had already won the championship, though. It's worth noting that in the Women's six nations (unfortunately, it was nowhere to be seen on the TV), England won the Grand Slam with a points difference of 141, conceding only 15 points in the championship.
France opened the scoring with a drop goal from Trinh-duc in the first few minutes. Very soon after England started to apply pressure, with quick hands to and from Ashton allowing Foden to sprint down the line and score. Toby Flood, Johnny Wilkinson's replacement, kicked the conversion from the touchline. 3-7.
This was to be the last English score of the half. England conceded three penalties before the half was out. 12-7, Morgan Parra kicked all three.
The second half was a scoreless affair, and eventually Flutey was substituted for Wilkinson, who was on the bench. About five to six minutes later, Wilkinson forced a penalty, which he kicked over to bring the score to 12-10 at the 67th minute.
With the Grand Slam in site, France closed the game down, the time ticked away and France secured the victory and their ninth Grand Slam.
|Table Built: Sunday, 21 March 2010 09:04 UK|