France became the hot favourite to win this season's international rugby championship following a thrilling 4-3 victory over England at the Twickenham ground in London Saturday (19 February).
GV PAN England players chasing French kick and attacking with Corless tackled near line then play switched with Slemen tackled near line on other side of field (4 shots)
GV (SECOND HALF) Highnell takes free kick and French attack from quick line-out; win ruck then attack before scoring in corner (3 shots)
SV Highnell kicks penalty goal and crowd cheer (2 shots)
McLAREN: (TRANSCRIPT) "You see how the ball is flighting about that nasty wind. Now it's Slemen. Slemen inside his man, gives it to Kent. Kent bustling along, caught by Foroux. Out to Cooper, there's an overlap here. This is Corless with Squires outside him. Corless going almost all the way. And it's the big man Cotton who's there. Out to Beaumont to Squires. Squires held by Sangalli. Young out to Kent now to Highnell there must be a score here. Slemen with Dixon outside him. Slemen -- just short and Dixon was there as well. And it could still be a try as Highnell battles on.
And Highnell once more. Harize to Romeu. Romeu kicking. Highnell, what a tackle by Skrela. The referee waiting for advantage. That's Bill Beaumont. The referee decides that an advantage has been gained by France.
Fed out from Foroux well he was going to feed it out. That pass knocked by Aguirre. Averous, It could be a try in the corner. It is. What a score and it's Sangalli.
It looks very easy from here, but the underfooting is slippery. Highnell, however, that looks better."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: France and England now jointly head the international rugby table with four points. France, however, have a game in hand and will play Scotland and Ireland in their last two games having already beaten Wales and England. The English have beaten the Scots and the Irish and play the Welsh in their final match.
COMMENTATOR: BILL McLAREN
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Background: France became the hot favourite to win this season's international rugby championship following a thrilling 4-3 victory over England at the Twickenham ground in London Saturday (19 February). The French got their points through centre Francois Sangalli who scored the match's only try in the 49th minute. England's fullback Alastair Highnell kicked a penalty late in the second half, but England couldn't bridge the one point gap. The early play was all England and BBC commentator Bill McLaren takes up the story as England launch one of their early attacks.