England thump France 44-Eight

England have defeated France of their Spherical 2 Six Nations conflict, 44 factors to eight at Twickenham. It began quick: England field kicked to clear to start the half, and France knocked on a number of phases in, resulting in a Elliot Daly linebreak earlier than he toed via for Jonny Might to attain inside two minutes. Owen Farrell missed the conversion, however a penalty 5 minutes later gave the English a possibility to kick out by greater than a transformed strive. The 2 sides traded field kicks, earlier than a knock on gave France an opportunity for some part play with an eventual penalty placing them inside 5, at Eight-Three. After Morgan Parra field kicked, a penalty for interference noticed Farrell as soon as once more growing England’s buffer, 11-Three from 39 metres. After the sport’s second scrum, England camped France in their very own 22, and when the field kick gained them no actual floor, England shortly discovered Might who shrugged off a deal with to attain. Enjoying at velocity was the story of the half, and when England took a lineout shortly they broke via to start a set of phases proper on the France line. After regaining a bomb, they lobbed via as soon as extra, discovering Might once more who dotted down for a 23-Three lead. With lower than 5 remaining within the half, France wanted one thing to go their manner, so Yoann Huget made a line-break earlier than discovering Damian Penaud who dived over, for 23-Eight. A late attempt to England was not what the French wanted, however after a turnover and one other protruding kick, England dotted down to finish the half, 30-Eight. The second half lacked a lot of the spark of the primary, however an intercept to Slade led to a penalty strive, as Gael Fickou tackled Chris Ashton with out the ball, prompting referee Owens to award a penalty try to ship the French winger to the bin. With 25 minutes left, Farrell tried one other overhead kick – the identical tactic which labored effectively all sport for them – and the TMO dominated that there was no England knock on within the lead-up, for an Owen Farrell strive. Antoine Dupont got here on for France, and brightened issues up considerably for them, however general it was a dismal day for the guests, and going scoreless within the second half didn’t assist.