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England stuns France in Paris

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Pirate Irwin

FRANCE 20 ENGLAND 22

Opening score ... Manu Tuilagi scores a try in the corner despite the tackle of Aurelien Rougerie.

Opening score ... Manu Tuilagi scores a try in the corner despite the tackle of Aurelien Rougerie.

PARIS: England stunned hosts France with a thrilling 24-22 victory on Sunday to erase any hopes the French had of winning the Six Nations title.

The visitors outscored the French by three tries to one as they became the first team to win at the Stade de France in the Six Nations since their compatriots prevailed in 2008.

The hosts had an early chance to break the deadlock but Lionel Beauxis, starting for the first time since 2009, saw his drop goal effort fall woefully short of the target.

Makeshift winger ... Wesley Fofana of France scores to bring the home team back in the match.

Makeshift winger ... Wesley Fofana of France scores to bring the home team back in the match. Photo: David Rogers

His half-back partner Julien Dupuy had another chance to put them ahead in the eighth minute after England were penalised but the Stade Francais scrum-half’s penalty drifted wide of the post.

However this French dominance came to nothing as a loose pass by Dimitry Szarzewski was picked up by Manu Tuilagi, who sped down the left and outpaced Aurelien Rougerie to touch down in the corner for his fifth try.

Owen Farrell converted brilliantly from the touchline to make it 7-0.

France's Julien Dupuy kicks the bal, as England's Mouritz Botha tries to charge it down. Click for more photos

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Beauxis got France on the board with a penalty in the 17th minute but a brilliant run by England No.8 Ben Morgan carved open the French defence soon after.

Morgan’s superb off-load with the back of his hand to Ben Foden was rewarded with a try, which Farrell converted for 14-3.

The hosts reduced the deficit with a Dupuy penalty just after the half-hour mark as Foden was penalised for not calling for a mark inside his 22 when tackled by Rougerie and then failing to release the ball.

However, the French were hit by a further blow in the 37th minute as Clerc had to go off with his lower left arm strapped and was replaced by Maxime Mermoz.

Despite the apparent superiority of the English it was France who went off for half-time boosted by Beauxis landing a long range penalty to leave them only five points adrift at 9-14.

Farrell made it 17-9 in the 50th minute for a deliberate knock-on and at that point coach Philippe Saint-Andre decided it was time to make sweeping changes sending on three replacements, including Morgan Parra for the struggling Dupuy.

Referee Alain Rolland was not so lenient when England were penalised for a deliberate knock on as he sin-binned Charlie Sharples.

Even with the one man advantage the French were unable to make any inroads into the England lead, though, just after Sharples returned, Parra converted a penalty to make it 17-12.

English nerves frayed further when Beauxis landed a long range penalty from just inside England territory to leave the hosts just two points adrift with near on 10 minutes remaining.

However, they hit back in style with their third try as Tom Croft sent Rougerie the wrong way and broke one tackle to touch down - Farrell converted to make it 24-15.

France crossed the tryline to make it a tension-filled last five minutes but replacement Francois Trinh-Duc’s effort at a drop goal fell short and England had held on by the skin of their teeth.

ENGLAND 24 (Manu Tuilagi, Ben Foden, Tom Croft tries; Owen Farrell 3 con, pen) def FRANCE 22 (Wesley Fofana try; Morgan Parra con; Lionel Beauxis 3, Julien Dupuy, Parra pens)

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