France Defeats England

France got their revenge with a 25-20 victory over England at Stade de France on Saturday night, in an epic Test match less than a month before the Rugby World Cup.  Philippe Saint-Andre made 12 changes to his side that lost to the same opponents last week.  For the English, Chris Robshaw made a return to lead his country.

Les Bleus were the first to dirty the score sheet through the foot of Scott Spedding.  From there on it was all things France as they went on to score nine points through Frederic Michalak before the half hour mark with the visitors managing just three from a 27th minute George Ford penalty.  It was anyone’s game but Saint-Andre’s team looked more menacing when going forward causing their opponents to give away cheap penalties.

In the 33rd minute Michalak scored yet again from the pin and Ford stepped up to reduce the deficit six minutes later.  15-6 was there scoreline at the break.  It took until the 47th minute for the first try of the match to arrive and unsurprisingly it came from Les Tricolores when Yoann Huget outdid four defenders before diving over the line to make it 22-6 after Michalak’s conversion.
Later in the match Stuart Lancaster’s lads scored a superb try of their own through Daniel Cipriani and they were well on their way to a comeback in Paris. 

In the 77th minute, Jonathan Josephs scored yet another try for Lancaster’s lot however it was too little too late as France won the match 25-20.  This is a victory that sees them regaining winning ways after losing to the same side in last week’s Test match.  On the eve of the World Cup, this result will serve as a morale booster for the French.