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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 February, 2005, 14:43 GMT
England v France as it happened
All the action as it happened as France staged an unlikely comeback to stun England at Twickenham.

80 mins: England's late pressure comes to nothing as the final whistle goes and the jubilant France players celebrate an incredible comeback.

The world champions have been let down by some poor kicking and a high penalty count, having looked in total control at half-time.

France have survived an appalling first-half display to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive, while England's chances for the season have evaporated after just two games.
England 17-18 France.

78 mins: A desperate England try to conjure up a last-gasp score as Jason Robinson breaks, but Jamie Noon knocks on.

77 mins: A brilliant kick to the corner from Charlie Hodgson puts France under pressure as England go for the winning score.

France concede a five-metre scrum and the ball is delivered to Hodgson for a drop-goal attempt. A woeful kick drifts left.

72 mins: England are looking increasingly desperate. Coach Andy Robinson looks to the experience of Matt Dawson as the scrum-half replaces Harry Ellis.

69 mins: PENALTY Frederic Michalak makes an immediate impression as England concede yet another penalty. Dimitri Yachvili sends the kick over and France have the lead.

England replace Mark Cueto with Ben Cohen.
England 17-18 France.

66 mins: Dimitri Yachvili sizes up a big penalty on the halfway line, but it falls just short of the posts as France miss the chance to take the lead.

France coach Bernard Laporte sends on fly-half Frederic Michalak for Yann Delaigue.

64 mins: Serge Betsen is penalised for killing the ball, but again it goes unpunished as Olly Barkley misses his third kick out of three.

62 mins: PENALTY England are looking shaky now. Lewis Moody strays offside and Dimitri Yachvili continues to turn the screw with the boot.
England 17-15 France.

59 mins: England win a dangerous scrum and get to within five metres of the French line, but they run out of space on the left.

55 mins: PENALTY An England hand in the ruck presents France with another penalty, and Dimitri Yachvili cuts the deficit to five points.
England 17-12 France.

50 mins: PENALTY England are punished for hands in the ruck and Dimitri Yachvili's penalty gives France hope. But for England's missed penalties, the visitors would be more than 20 points adrift.
England 17-9 France.

48 mins: France coach Bernard Laporte makes three changes, with Nicolas Mas, Julien Bonnaire and Sebastien Bruno all going off.

47 mins: The visitors are punished for a push at a line-out, but Charlie Hodgson misses his third kick at goal. It is England's fifth wasted penalty of the match.

44 mins: France produce their best spell so far, only to give away a promising position by breaking too early at a scrum.

42 mins: France come out in determined mood, but England force a turnover to relieve the early pressure.

France wing Jimmy Marlu limps off and Jean-Philippe Grandclaude comes on for his first cap.

Half-time: France are having a terrible time. They concede another penalty for more hands in the ruck but Olly Barkley misses his second kick in quick succession.

England are well on top, though, as they go in at the break with an 11-point lead.

38 mins: Olly Barkley tries his luck for England with a penalty from the halfway line but the kick comes up short.

35 mins: TRY Josh Lewsey hands off a tackler and cuts through the French defences to dive over as England finally translate their superiority into points. Charlie Hodgson slots the conversion.
England 17-6 France.

30 mins: Pepito Elhorga is lucky to escape a yellow card for throwing the ball into touch as he is tackled deep in his 22, and Charlie Hodgson compounds the sense of injustice by missing an easy penalty.

28 mins: PENALTY France hit back with a penalty of their own, Dimitri Yachvili on target from wide on the right.
England 10-6 France.

25 mins: PENALTY France are picked up for hands in the ruck and Charlie Hodgson puts his kick between the posts.
England 10-3 France.

22 mins: England get a let-off as Dimitri Yachvili hits the left upright with a penalty after Steve Thompson is punished for coming in from the side at a maul.

19 mins: TRY England finally click into gear. Jamie Noon slips through a missed tackle on the edge of the French 22 and sends Olly Barkley over for his first international try. Charlie Hodgson converts.
England 7-3 France.

16 mins: France are penalised for slowing the ball down and Charlie Hodgson chooses to kick for the corner, only for Julien Bonnaire to steal at the line-out.

11 mins: Ben Kay breaks through as England carry the ball up to the France 22, but it does not come back quickly enough and the visitors relieve the pressure with a penalty.

8 mins: A slow-starting England have already given up two turnovers, and Jason Robinson's first attempt at an attack goes nowhere.

5 mins: England number eight Martin Corry is penalised for a bone-crunching tackle on Pepito Elhorga after the France full-back has called for a mark.

3 mins: PENALTY France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili shows Charlie Hodgson what he should have done by slotting a penalty from the left after Mark Cueto is punished for not releasing in the tackle.
England 0-3 France.

1 min: England get an early chance as Serge Betsen is penalised for not rolling away in the ruck, but Charlie Hodgson pushes his attempt to the right of the posts from a very kickable range.

1501 GMT: France get the game under way and the visitors immediately come under some early pressure.

1457: Graham Rowntree leads the England side out on to the pitch to mark his 50th cap and the sides line up for the national anthems.


England: J Robinson (capt); M Cueto, J Noon, O Barkley, J Lewsey; C Hodgson, H Ellis; G Rowntree, S Thompson, P Vickery; D Grewcock, B Kay; J Worsley, L Moody, M Corry.
Replacements: A Titterrell, A Sheridan, S Borthwick, A Hazell, M Dawson, H Paul, B Cohen.

France: P Elhorga; C Dominici, B Liebenberg, D Traille, J Marlu; Y Delaigue, D Yachvili; S Marconnet, S Bruno, N Mas; F Pelous (capt), J Thion, S Betsen, S Chabal, J Bonnaire.
Replacements: W Servat, J Milloud, G Lamboley, Y Nyanga, P Mignoni, F Michalak, J-P Grandclaude.

Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)


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