England sink France whereas Wales are up for the slam

A late Maro Itoje strive has secured England a 23-20 victory over France in a Six Nations Championship match full of high-speed, enterprising rugby at Twickenham that leaves the championship open.

However Wales are nonetheless in pole place to win the title – and a grand slam – after crushing Italy 48-7 earlier on Saturday with a seven-try demolition job.

At Twickenham, England have been trailing by 4 factors heading in direction of fulltime however Itoje bundled over from a maul and was awarded the strive by the TMO after the referee had initially dominated that it had been held up.

The primary half was a beautiful show of high-skilled rugby with either side dedicated to operating the ball and protecting it alive.

France opened the scoring after two minutes with an Antoine Dupont strive however England hit again with Anthony Watson’s fourth of the championship.

They then edged clear with Owen Farrell penalties earlier than France original a beautiful strive for Damian Penaud to lead 17-13 on the break.

The second half was a tighter affair with a penalty apiece protecting it a four-point hole going into the ultimate 25 minutes. 

However simply as France appeared set for his or her first championship win at Twickenham since 2005, England discovered a means over, with Farrell additionally touchdown the awkward conversion.

The outcome was preferrred for Wales, who now prime the standings on 19 factors and can be topped champions with a grand slam ought to they triumph in Paris subsequent week, no matter what France do if and after they play their rearranged sport towards Scotland.

France and England have ten factors whereas Eire, who go to Scotland on Sunday, have seven, with the Scots on 5.

New Zealander Wayne Pivac’s Welsh aspect, recent from sealing the triple crown towards England, made brief work of the error-plagued Azzurri within the Stadio Olimpico.

Tries from Josh Adams, Taulupe Faletau and two from hooker Ken Owens ensured that the bonus level was wrapped up inside half-hour.

George North, substitute Callum Sheedy and Louis Rees-Zammit then dotted all the way down to compound the hosts’ distress within the second half, with Australian-born Monty Ioane’s strive offering their solely comfort.

Rees-Zammit’s 70-metre interception effort was the Gloucester speedster’s fifth landing in simply his eighth Check.

Italy, who suffered their thirty first consecutive Six Nations defeat, are in a well-known place, rooted to the underside of the desk with zero factors, having conceded 187 factors of their 4 defeats thus far. 


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