Emily Scarratt’s last-gasp penalty capped a sensational comeback from England, who overturned a 23-10 deficit to beat France 25-23 in a pulsating women’s Autumn international at Twickenham.
A week after defeating the same opponents 33-10 to become the number one ranked side in the world, England looked to be heading for defeat when Cyrielle Banet crossed the line to give France a 13-point lead with 15 minutes to go.
Wow, bold call from @EnglandRugby coach Simon Middleton. Entire bench trots on with 20 mins to go. Never seen all subs done at once. What a game. The quality of the subs though ???????#EngVFra #FightBacksOn #WhatABattle
— Rocky Clark MBE (@RockyClark_1) November 21, 2020
However, Poppy Cleall reduced the deficit after touching down following a rolling maul before Ellie Kildunne’s converted try moments afterwards brought England to within two points, and Scarratt held her nerve at the death.
She split the posts from 20 metres out as the Women’s Six Nations champions claimed a seventh successive win against a crestfallen Les Bleus outfit.
Despite falling behind when Zoe Harrison touched down first for the hosts, France were much tougher proposition than last week and Caroline Drouin’s penalty was followed by tries from Emmeline Gros and Banet.
Lark Davies reduced the deficit after half-time but another Drouin penalty and Banet’s second try of the game looked to be decisive, until England hit back in a dramatic last 10 minutes.
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