Match Report – France 25 – 13 England

Tries from Gael Fickou, Francois Cros and Antoine Dupont, plus 10 points from the boot of Melvyn Jaminet secured the Grand Slam as France claimed the Six Nations title for the first time in 12 years

Last Updated: 19/03/22 9:51pm

French players celebrate after France's Antoine Dupont scored his side's third try.

French players celebrate after France’s Antoine Dupont scored his side’s third try.

France claimed their first Six Nations title for 12 years and secured the Grand Slam with a 25-13 victory over England in Paris on Saturday evening.

Tries from Gael Fickou and Francois Cros, plus two penalties and a conversion from Melvyn Jaminet put Les Bleus in prime position with an 18-6 lead at half-time, with Marcus Smith responding for the visitors by kicking two penalties.

Freddie Steward, moved from full-back to the wing to accommodate George Furbank, ensured a fired-up England capitalised on a strong start to the second half with a 48th-minute converted try.

But the effervescent Antoine Dupont hit back with a converted score to give France a 12-point lead heading into the final quarter and despite England’s valiant efforts, it proved enough to secure a long-awaited Six Nations triumph.

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