England 23 - 13 France

Match info: Six Nations at Twickenham

Date: 23/02/2013 KO: 17:00 Att: 81,713

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

England

TriesTuilagi (55)PenaltiesFarrell (2, 28, 34, 48) Flood (73, 77)

23
vs
13

France

TriesFofana (30)ConversionsParra (30)PenaltiesParra (6) Michalak (58)

FT (ht: 9-10)

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  • The game ends with some pushing and shoving involving Ashton but nothing serious to report as England win the game by 23 points to 13. It wasn't pretty but the third part of a possible Grand Slam in 2013 is successful. Next up for the English is a home game against Italy. For France, they go to Ireland.

    80
  • Robshaw has been named the official man-of-the-match at Twickenham after another all-action showing on the openside. 30 seconds to go here as France kick a penalty into the English 22. One more go...

    79
  • FLOOD PENALTY! 23-13! That should be that then as England move more than seven ahead of France.

    77
  • That could not have worked out better for England. Michalak's loose pass on the English ten-metre was gobbled up by Ashton before Flood booted the ball downfield. The icing on the cake saw Michalak have to hack the ball into touch on his own 22 as he was isolated against the rampaging English chasers.

    75
  • FLOOD PENALTY! 20-13! Not rolling away from replacement Antonie Claassen gift wraps three points for the Leicester Tiger and England. The kick was 30 metres out, bang in front. England seven up again!

    73
  • A superb touch-finder from Michalak off a penalty there pushes France up to within 40 metres of the English line. But what a blunder from the visiting line-out as they lose possession back to England.

    71
  • It's carnage as first Robshaw intercepts a pass outside France's 22 and then Flood looks cross-field to Ashton. But the ball bounces away from the wing so it's a France line-out 10m from their own line.

    69
  • Maybe the wrong call from Flood though as his grubber through is easily grounded in-goal by Clerc.

    67
  • Twickenham likes that as Cole gets the better of Ducalcon to win his team-mates a penalty from a scrum. That ultimately sends England over halfway with a line-out leading to Tuilagi running hard.

    69
  • Suddenly this game has opened up with Huget involved on two occasions before Picamoles powers his way up to the English 22. However, a fumble from Michalak foils that spell as Saint-Andre hits his desk.

    65
  • Well now England have a brand new half-back combination as Toby Flood comes on for Farrell, who has just hobbled off with what looks like a knee injury. French ball and they approach halfway via Parra.

    62
  • Fofana is penalised for not rolling away so while Farrell lines up his kick from 50 metres, Danny Care comes on for Youngs. Unfortunately for England, their fly-half's long-range kick goes wide

    60
  • MICHALAK PENALTY! 17-13! France immediately cut down that lead to four points the Toulon playmaker.

    57
  • Farrell misses the vital conversion from wide out.

    56
  • TUILAGI TRY! 17-10! He'll like this more. From a free-kick England went high via the boot of Goode and then the ball scooted out into the hands of Tuilagi. He then pinned his ears back for the line.

    54
  • It does as aggressive defence forces a fumble 25 metres from the English line. Farrell likes that.

    53
  • I was wrong. Great work from Les Bleus at the breakdown forces a relieving penalty for France which allows Tom Youngs, Haskell and Mako Vunipola to come on. That should bring real impact for the hosts.

    52
  • French ball 40 metres from the home line as James Haskell is being readied on the sideline. Hang on a second though, here come England on a counter with Wood getting them over halfway. Promising rugby.

    50
  • FARRELL PENALTY! 12-10! Dusautoir is the man pinged for pulling down an English maul so the hosts are ahead. Cue 'Swing Low' being belted out as Farrell steps up to slot over the relatively simple points.

    48
  • Mas is penalised for sealing off at a ruck so this is better news for England territory wise as we await Hartley's throw fifteen metres out. It's been pinched again so he'll now throw 25 metres out.

    47

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