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'The drama!' - How social media reacted as the Autumn Nations Cup exploded into life on the final day

By Ian Cameron
England v France – Autumn Nations Cup – Twickenham

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It took its time, but the Autumn Nations Cup finally exploded into life, delivering drama of the highest order, as England snatched the trophy from France deep into the second half of extra time.

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Eddie Jones’ side certainly didn’t have it their own way. France, who theoretically fielded a C team on paper at least, came to fight, and in truth, will take a moral victory away after the bitter nature of this 22 – 19 defeat has subsided.

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Le Bleus hadn’t been given a chance in the run-up,  but ultimately it was an Owen Farrell extra-time penalty that was the difference between their young side and England’s first-choice selection.

It was true edge of your seat stuff and it delighted rugby fans, who have had to wait for the final weekend to be delivered any kind of excitement in what pretty much all fans have agreed had been a dreary competition to date.

Twitter, naturally, went into overdrive. Here’s some of the reaction:

Welsh star James Hook tweeted: “This sudden death extra time is just the kind of entertainment this autumn nations cup needed.”

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“If you’re trailing to a weakened French side after almost 60 minutes at home, then your kicking strategy isn’t working.”

“England resilience and France inspiring,” wrote World Cup winner Phil Vickery.

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American Seven guru Mike Friday singled out Brice Dulin for praise: “How good is the little man Dulin in the backfield under the high ball.”

“Any chance of making golden point a thing every game? Loving this! Some atmosphere at Twickenham,” posted Rob Vickerman.

‘The drama!” wrote another.

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