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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 November, 2003, 08:27 GMT
C'watch: England 24-7 France

All the action from the second semi-final in Sydney.

80 mins: Referee O'Brien blows the final whistle and England's celebrations start in the crowd with a chorus of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot".

79 mins: England will finish the match on the French line following a Bracken grubber kick into touch at the corner.

76 mins: England look to cap their performance with a try but Tindall is held up over the line after gathering a Wilkinson chip ahead.

73 mins: Tindall breaks from midfield but knocks-on his kick ahead.

71 mins: France concede another penalty for holding on and you-know-who steps up. Wilkinson takes his, and England's tally, to 24.
England 24-7 France

69 mins: Coach Clive Woodward shores up his defence sending on Mike Tindall for Catt. Kyran Bracken replaces Dawson.

67 mins: France try to move the ball in the search for tries but are finding it difficult to keep possession.

63 mins: Michalak goes off and Gerald Merceron comes on.

61 mins: The rain is relentless - and so is Wilkinson. He ignores the boos and steps up to punish a French offside offence with three more points.
England 21-7 France

59 mins: Ben Kay gives away a penalty on halfway and Michalak steps up for an ambitious attempt at goal. It falls short.

56 mins: Rougerie kicks out on the full to concede position to England who win the line-out and rumble forward. Wilkinson slots a hat-trick of drop goals.
England 18-7 France

53 mins: Referee Paddy O'Brien describes Betsen's late challenge on Wilkinson as "absolutely crazy". He had previously warned the flanker for his indiscretions and wastes no time in getting the yellow card out. Wilkinson makes France pay with a successful penalty attempt.
England 15-7 France

49 mins: Jerome Thion comes in from an off-side position but they are let off after Wilkinson misses his second penalty of the half.

47 mins: Steve Thompson's throwing-in is not working and England are unable to build pressure as they lose another line-out.

44 mins: England lose successive line-outs and are on the back-foot. Catt gives a penalty away for not staying on his feet at the breakdown just inside his own half. Michalak misses his third penalty.

41 mins: France run back the kick-off but concede a penalty for holding on just short of halfway. Wilkinson's swinging effort goes wide.

1004 GMT: Wilkinson re-starts and will be relishing the fact that he is kicking with the wind for the second 40 minutes.

1002 GMT: The players are back out, including England scrum-half Dawson who went down the tunnel for the break with a bloodied towel on his head.

40 mins: It is all England and they rumble forward going through the middle with Back, Dallaglio, Johnson and Dawson all picking and going. They win a penalty for their efforts and Wilkinson slots the points with the last kick of the half.
England 12-7 France

38 mins: England are playing their best rugby and are back in the lead with another Wilkinson drop goal.
England 9-7 France

37 mins: Out of nowhere Neil Back slips a tackle and skips through into the French 22, but momentum is lost when Trevor Woodman knocks on in the tackle.

36 mins: England are stringing possession together but cannot make the hard yards beyond an iron French defence.

33 mins: Dominci's time in the bin is up, but he does not return. While he sits on the sidelines with an ice-pack on his knee, Clement Poitrenaud joins the fray.

31 mins: Aurelien Rougerie chases a Tony Marsh kick through but Ben Cohen is adjudged to have beaten him in diving to the ball and England get the drop-out.

28 mins: Nicolas Brusque fumbles a high ball and with the French caught off-side, Wilkinson steps up to cut the deficit to one point.
England 6-7 France

25 mins: The rain is torrential and play is dominated by passages of ping-pong off the boot.

23 mins: Jason Robinson steps inside on the right flank and is taken down by a Dominici trip. The French winger hobbles to the sin bin after his shocking chopping down of Robinson. Wilkinson's long-range penalty attempt falls just short.

22 mins: The rain is getting harder and the mistakes are increasing. England make a rare sortie into French territory.

19 mins: England lose a line-out on halfway and then Johnson concedes a penalty coming in from the side at the breakdown. Michalak pushes his penalty attempt wide.

15 mins: England are penalised for obstruction as Dawson darts past Dallaglio at the maul. From just 40 metres out Michalak misses with the penalty attempt.

14 mins: The try has worked wonders for France who are playing the better rugby and enjoying more of the possession.

10 mins: France are on the attack straight away after a poor English clearance kick. Serge Betsen surges through from the line-out and, after consultation with the video referee, a try is awarded. Michalak makes no mistake with the conversion.
England 3-7 France

9 mins: First points on the board with a right-footed Jonny Wilkinson drop goal.
England 3-0 France

6 mins: Rougerie lets a speculative kick from Catt bounce and knocks on to give England possession in French territory.

4 mins: Tension is running high and a few fists fly in the front-row. Phil Vickery goes to the blood bin and Jason Leonard is on for the briefest of moments, becoming the most capped player in rugby history.

3 mins: English progress stops on halfway when Catt knocks on. A slight melee at the breakdown sees a little and large mis-match between Martin Johnson and Christophe Dominici, the England skipper complaining of gouging.

1 min: Michalak slices an up-and-under to give England their first passage of possession after Mike Catt missed touch with his clearance from the kick-off.

0907 GMT: Frederic Michalak kicks off and we are underway.

0902 GMT: It is anthem time and the emotion has got to England hardman Lawrence Dallaglio who has tears rolling down his cheeks. After La Marseillaises the players break for the action to commence.

0900 GMT: The players emerge to a deafening roar.

0855 GMT: England will benefit from a large following inside the stadium. There are huge swathes of white-shirted supporters bellowing out "Swing Low Sweet Chariot".

0850 GMT: The atmosphere's building at a packed Telstra Stadium and the weather is more north European than Antipodean. Heavy rain will make handling difficult.

Richard Hill is back in the English line-up for the first time since injuring himself in England's tournament opener against Georgia.

Josh Lewsey, Mike Catt and Trevor Woodman also return as England attempt to find some form.

France make no changes from the side that comfortably beat Ireland last weekend.

England: J Lewsey; J Robinson, W Greenwood, M Catt, B Cohen; J Wilkinson, M Dawson; T Woodman, S Thompson, P Vickery; M Johnson (capt), Ben Kay; R Hill, N Back, L Dallaglio.
Replacements: D West, J Leonard, M Corry, L Moody, K Bracken, M Tindall, I Balshaw.

France: N Brusque; A Rougerie, T Marsh, Y Jauzion, C Dominici; F Michalak, F Galthie (capt); J Crenca, R Ibanez, S Marconnet; F Pelous, J Thion; S Betsen, O Magne, I Harinordoquy.
Replacements: Y Bru, O Milloud, D Auradou, C Labit, G Merceron, D Traille, C Poitrenaud.

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