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  1. England fall short of famous upset

    England fall short of famous upset

    France hung on grimly against a fierce England side to complete their Six Nations Grand Slam with a 12-10 win at the Stade de France. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • France
    • England
    • Congratulations to France - the 2010 Six Nations Champions.
    • 80 Ben Foden mishandles the ball and France get the ball back. Morgan Parra kicks the ball into touch and with that comes the sound of the final whistle. FRANCE WIN THE SIX NATIONS WITH A GRAND SLAM!
    • 79 30 seconds left on the clock and England get a penalty. Wilkinson knocks a very conservative kick up field to around half way.
    • 78 An England tackler doesn't roll away and with the penalty France push England back deep into their half.
    • 76 Wilkinson hits the ball high into the Paris night sky and Malzieu hauls it in well and France immediately begin to go through phases of play to take some time off the clock. England need the ball.
    • 73 France are scrummaging very well indeed and they slowly drive the ball forward through the scrum. Smart play from them to take time off the clock.
    • 69 Martin Johnson certainly liked that one. He pumps his fists ten times in a row as he jumps up and down in celebration.
    • 67 12-10 to France.Incredible penalty kick from Wilkinson! A metre in from the touchline, just inside the half way line, basically miles out and Wilkinson puts it straight down the middle. France's lead down to two points.
    • 67 France are more than happy to surrender possession, they clearly think England's counter attack has no sting.
    • 66 England win the line out and play it across the line before France win back possession with some good counter rucking.
    • 65 Wilkinson kicks the ball deep and France knock it out for an England line out just inside the 22.
    • 63 Herrrrrreeee's Jonny! Jonny Wilkinson replaces Riki Flutey.
    • 62 England don't concede a penalty from the scrum, but they do 10 seconds later. England back in possession in their own half.
    • 61 Lovely break from Cueto into the French 22 is let down by Danny Care who knocks on. France with the scrum in their own 11 metres from their try line.
    • 60 Everyone's favourite Obelix lookalike Sebastien Chabal is on!
    • 59 England just about hold the scrum together and Nick Easter boots the ball into touch with his unfavoured left foot. An ugly, ungainly looking kick, but it did the trick.
    • 57 France make inroads into the England half and after five phases they surrender possession with some poor handling and a knock on. England with the scrum.
    • 55 France have worked their way back into this half and look well set 22 metres out. Trinh-Duc drops back for the drop goal, but he doesn't get the ball, Parra hooks it over the top instead which would be a great move if anyone was alive to it, which no one was, and England get possession back.
    • 54 England change: Tait for Tindall. France have replaced Servat with Szarzewski.
    • 51 Ashton is through, with Poitrenaud to beat he decides to chip instead of passing to the men in support. The French full back scampers back and is able to cover; England surely would have scored if he had passed.
    • 50 Craters are opening up all over the pitch, it looks like Wembley Stadium.
    • 49 It has been all England so far in the second half.
    • 47 England steal the line out but are pushed backwards by France. The ball is worked back to Flood who has a pop at goal but he pulls it wide left.
    • 44 England keep possession and after five phases, Flood hooks the ball over the top for Foden to chase down, the ball doesn't bounce well for him but England get good territory regardless.
    • 43 England's brightish start to the second half continues following Parra's poor kick. England will have the line out.
    • 41 We are back underway in Paris...
    • 41 In an attempt to sort out their woes in the scrum, England have replaced Dan Cole and Dylan Hartley with David Wilson and Steve Thompson.
    • - A brilliant start from England has become bogged down in the inclement Paris weather. Does anyone think England can this around and deny France their Grand Slam?
    • 40 Well England were not penalised so that is a positive from their point of view. They attack but surrender possesion and that is it for the first half.
    • 39 As we approach half time England have the put in at the scrum. Will England finally do something at the scrum?
    • 37 The ball goes back and forward but England cannot work any real space and no significant progress is made. France win the ball back with some superb counter rucking.
    • 35 From the kick off England put good pressure on France and get the chance for an attacking line-out and some much needed possession.
    • 34 12-7 to France. Parra missed his first tonight, but he has been perfectly since then. This one is straight down the middle.
    • 33 This time it is France with the put in, but nothing changes...England are again penalised at the scrum - that is their fifth of the night. Parra asks for the tee and he will look to add to his team's lead.
    • 30 After a break for some injury treatments England restart play with a scrum and are immediately penalised for collapsing the scrum. England are having a torrid time with the scrums tonight.
    • 27 The pitch is now extremely slick. When players hit the deck they are sliding for around five metres before stopping.
    • 23 9-7 to France. Once again the heavy rain arrives on cue, but this time Parra makes the kick and France take the lead for the second time tonight.
    • 22 England have the put in at the scrum and are penalised for boring in at the scrum. This penalty will give France the lead...
    • 20 Worsley mishandles the ball in French territory and that mistake costs England around 50 metres of territory.
    • 19 7-6 to England. Parra makes no mistake this time. Straight down the middle.
    • 18 Riki Flutey tackles while off of his feet and that gives France a central penalty, 30 metres out...
    • 17 Bad news for England. Simon Shaw has been injured and is replaced by Tom Palmer.
    • 16 Unsurprisingly that decision has been changed, much to the pleasure of the woman sitting in front of Martin Johnson who was having a rather heated exchange with the England manager.
    • 15 Simon Shaw piles in head first on the French and the penalty is given England's way. Curious.
    • 12 And as he begins his preperation for the kick the heavens open and it buckets down for 30 seconds. Parra misses his kick wide left and the rain immediately eases off. England have got the weather on their side.
    • 11 England are caught offside and Morgan Parra will have a go from 45 metres out.
    • 9 England break forward down the left again through Mark Cueto. He gets away from a couple of defenders but his attempted chip forward catches his opponent in the chest. A very encouraging start from the English.
    • 5 7-3 to England. England are ahead! Flood breaks forward and three slick passes later Ben Foden gathers the ball and burns Clement Poitrenaud for pace to go over for the try.
    • 4 3-0 to France. And from that drive the ball is swung back to Trinh-Duc and he nails it straight down the middle.
    • 3 England are penalised and France get the put in for the scrum which after four attempts and over a minute of wasted time, France take quickly and break forward.
    • 2 After some pretty sub standard kicking back and forth, Trinh-Duc nails one inside England's 22 and out for a line out.
    • 1 Toby Flood kicks off and England win the ball back straight away.
    • - What a rendition of the French national anthem. That was extremely loud.
    • - Out come the two teams and 'Mad Dog' Moody immediately takes his men into a huddle for some last minute pearls of wisdom. And now for the anthems...
    • - Unless you have been living under a rock for the last week, you will have noticed that Jonny Wilkinson has been dropped to the bench for tonight's match with Toby Flood coming in to replace him. Other changes to the team include a first start for full-back Ben Foden and a debut for Chris Ashton. Steve Borthwick has been ruled out of tonight's match with a knee injury. Skippering the team in his absence is Lewis Moody.
    • - Good evening and welcome to Paris for the last match of the 2010 Six Nations. France have won this year's championship, and there is no doubt they have been the team to beat. Can they cap off the campaign in style by completing the Grand Slam?
  • Summary

    France versus England
      Tries Foden 5’
      Conversions Flood 6’
    Parra 19’, 25’, 34’ Penalties Wilkinson 67’
    Trinh-Duc 4’ Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • France

    Manager: Marc Lievremont

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Chabal Substitution In (59′)
    • Poux Substitution In (55′)
    • Yachvili
    • Marty Substitution In (50′)
    • Szarzewski Substitution In (54′)
    • Malzieu Substitution In (73′)
    • Lapandry Substitution In (60′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • England

    Manager: Martin Johnson

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Wilkinson Substitution In (61′)
    • Wilson Substitution In (41′)
    • Thompson Substitution In (41′)
    • Palmer Substitution In (15′)
    • Tait Substitution In (54′)
    • Haskell Substitution In (64′)
    • Youngs

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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