22′. Watson misses his catch
Dupont clears away. Watson is on the receiving end, but the ball slips out of his hands. Interesting scrum for the Blues at 30 meters.
20′. The Blues solid in defense
Ollivon scratches the ball from 5 meters, and allows his people to get some air by clearing.
20′. The English are finally pushing
English touch 5 meters from the tricolor in-goal.
18′ The weather plays tricks
Heavy rain settled over Twickenham.
16′. Fickou imprecise at the foot
Misunderstanding blue side. Gaël Fickou tries a low kick, but there is no one at the reception. The ball is too long.
15′. Flame still solid
Another superb tackle from the Frenchman, which pushes the English to the fault in the midfield. Nice touch found at 22 meters for the Blues.
14′. Good touch for England
After a lot of work from Steward, the English will find a touch at 5 meters thanks to a good low kick.
12′. It does not pass on the English side
The French defense is well organized, and blocks the opposing offensives well, like Flament’s fine tackle. English forward, and scrum for the Blues near the center line.
9′. England clear in touch
The Blues continue to put pressure on the English defensive line. Pushed back close to 5 meters, the XV of the Rose must clear in touch.
8′. Danty at fault
After a good tackle, Danty does not emerge and is penalized.
7′. Ramos gives Les Bleus a 10-point lead (0-10)
A converted penalty just before the 22-meter line.
5′. The Blues continue to set fire
Gregory Alldritt escapes on his own, before being stopped by Steward. But the Blues benefit from a good penalty.
3′ It’s transformed by Ramos (0-7)
The Blues take a 7-point lead.
2′. TEST FOR THE BLUES!!! (0-5)
What a start to the match for the XV of France! Ethan Dumortier fixes the last English defender perfectly, in one against one after a pass from Flament. He shifts for Thomas Ramos, alone, who already gives the advantage to the Blues!
2′. The English intercept Dupont’s pass
Dupont tries a chistera close to the touchline after a good offensive phase. It’s intercepted.
1′. Let’s go to Twickenham for this 110th Crunch in history!
The kick off is given by Marcus Smith. And the ball falls back into the arms of Charles Ollivon.
It’s time for hymns
And we start with the Marseillaise, chanted by the players, but also the supporters who made the trip.
The players enter the pitch
In a packed stadium, with 82,000 spectators. The two formations evolve in their traditional colors: white on the English side and blue on the French side.
France and England neck and neck in the standings
Before the meeting of the day, each of the two teams has two victories and one defeat in this Tournament. It’s the same record as Scotland, who face the Irish leader tomorrow.
Wales win in Italy (17-29)
The Welsh won in Rome in a match at the bottom of the table. By scoring four tries, the Dragons even won the offensive bonus, and won their first victory in this Six Nations. This is the fourth defeat in as many games for the Italians. They should therefore once again conclude the Tournament with the Wooden Spoon by finishing, probably, last in the ranking. Italy will travel to Scotland for the last day, while the Leek XV will challenge France away from home.
England will kick off
England captain Ellis Genge won the toss.
The Blues will have to compose without Jalibert
Injured in training this week, Matthieu Jalibert is forfeited for this crunch, and is not traveling. The opening half, designated replacement for Romain Ntamack, had entered in each of the matches of the XV of France since the start of the Tournament.
Dupont “trusts” the English to get a big game
Despite the complicated state of form of the XV de la Rose, the captain of the Blues, Antoine Dupont, expects a great match: “Even if they are not playing their best rugby at the moment, they have a workforce with experience, which knows how to find itself in great moments. I trust them to be there. »
The funny crunch of Thibaud Flament
The French second line, who studied in Loughborough in England for four years, finds this afternoon the country which really trained him in rugby.
The composition of the XV of the Rose:
With, to note, the presence of Marcus Smith, who pushes Owen Farrell on the bench.
Steward – Malins, Slade, Lawrence, Watson – Smith, Van Poortvliet – Willis, Dombrandt, Ludlam – Chessum, Itoje – Sinckler, George, Genge (C)
The composition of the XV of France
The team lined up at the start by Fabien Galthié: Ramos – Penaud, Danty, Fickou, Dumortier – Ntamack, Dupont (C) – Ollivon, Alldritt, Cros – Willemse, Flament – Aldegheri, Marchand, Baille
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