Mar 10, 2018
Narrow England loss hands Ireland Six Nations crown
Ireland were crowned Six Nations champions following England’s loss to France.
It was a strong start from the England’s Sarries contingent in Paris; Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje stealing ball at the breakdown and line-out respectively while Owen Farrell’s beautifully struck penalty silenced the French crowd.
The England captain for the day did his best to inject pace and determination into the visitors’ play but the hosts stifled any meaningful attacks.
A monstrous boot from Elliot Daly extended Eddie Jones’ side’s advantage before Maxime Machenaud and Farrell traded kicks.
The former added a further six points from the tee to level things up at the interval.
Early in the second period, Anthony Watson’s high tackle on Benjamin Fall prevented the Frenchman from scoring in the corner. The consequence? Ten minutes in the bin for the England full-back and seven points for France courtesy of a penalty try.
Machenaud put France 10 points ahead on the hour but Jonny May crossed the line in the closing stages with Farrell adding a handsome conversion to set up a grandstand finish.
However it wasn’t to be as les bleus clinched the win through a fifth Machenaud penalty to condemn England to back-to-back defeats.