Late Maro Itoje attempt wins Six Nations thriller
This match was a double shot within the arm for rugby. From begin to end, it was thrilling as England and France went at it within the Six Nations.
And in the previous couple of minutes it was that man Maro Itoje who crashed over to say the victory for England. As the ultimate whistle blew it was 23-20 for the hosts. Superlatives sloshed round as pundits and followers alike celebrated a recreation performed at breakneck velocity.
It began at a lick, as star scrum-half Antoine Dupont scored after 65 seconds. However England responded instantly via Anthony Watson.
With England below the shadow of the French posts, the ball made it to George Ford, who slung it vast to Watson. France’s Teddy Thomas – who had made Dupont’s rating potential with a canny chip forward – flew up, and the England star had a transparent run-in.
The primary half additionally gifted us one other cracking attempt, as a improbable set-piece transfer from France led to Damian Penaud scoring.
From a whip-smart lineout transfer excessive, Gael Fickou handed again inside to Dupont. He discovered Matthieu Jalibert and a looping ball made it over to the wing. The attempt made it 17-13 in France’s favour and a few may have been wishing that, only for at the moment, half-time was abolished.
England would go on to concede 12 penalties via the sport and there have been fears that the crippling indiscipline of the earlier three rounds was creeping again in. However England stored duking and, regardless of a little bit extra disarray within the second half, the intent was nonetheless there. And on this one, you may permiss the usage of “finishers” as England’s bench made telling contributions.
France have been unable to make important inroads into the England 22 and within the closing minutes it was French indiscipline that allowed the hosts to arrange an attacking platform deep within the opposition half.
England’s final attempt was nice reward for his or her efforts. With Will Stuart choosing and going, the subsequent section left a ball there in entrance of Itoje, who added momentum. Selecting and plunging for the road, he took Cameron Woki over with him. Was it held up? No, stated TMO Pleasure Neville, and referee Andrew Brace gave the attempt.
France nonetheless had an opportunity to attain on the finish – and if they’d received it with their final breath we’d almost definitely declare this one of many biggest Six Nations matches of all time – however the mistake got here from the unlikeliest of sources as Dupont knocked on.
England have their large win on this Six Nations. France’s likelihood of a Grand Slam evaporates. And we now have a terrific recreation to look again on.
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