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After beating France 33-10 in Grenoble last week, the Red Roses host Les Bleues at Twickenham, but it took a huge effort and 15 points in the final 10 minutes for Simon Middleton’s side to achieve a 25 success. -23. Center Emily Scarratt clinched it with a penalty in the time out.

Last updated: 21/11/20 14:43 pm

Emily Scarratt celebrates winning penalty as Red Roses stole victory from the jaws of defeat

A penalty from Emily Scarratt two minutes after the timeout allowed England Women to beat France 25-23 in a fierce clash at Twickenham on Saturday.

Simon Middleton’s side scored 15 points in the final 10 minutes to steal the win from Les Bleues, ending their 2020 campaign unbeaten and solidifying their position as the number one team in the world.

A week after beating the same opponents 33-10 to become the first ranked team in the world, England appeared to be heading for defeat when Cyrielle Banet crossed the finish line to give France a 13-point lead at 15 minutes from the end.

However, Poppy Cleall narrowed the deficit before Ellie Kildunne’s converted try moments later brought England back to less than two points, and Scarratt kept his cool to death.

She split the posts from 20 meters as the Six Nations women’s champions claimed a seventh consecutive victory against a depressed Blues team.

Despite the delay when Zoe Harrison touched first for the hosts, France were much more difficult 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 decisive, until England retaliated in the dramatic final 10 minutes.

Cleall first crossed on his 14th try behind another rolling maul. Two minutes later, Ellie Kildunne recovered and the Scarratt extras made it a one-point game.

Then the Red Roses hit the French line in the dying seconds of the match and imposed a penalty in the 80th minute. Scarratt progressed to place him and confirm a two-point victory.

The Red Roses are now on a seven-game winning streak against France and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings.


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