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England's 6 Nations defence off to a winning start

February 6, 2017

England began their bid to retain the Six Nations with a win on Saturday, but left it late to secure a narrow victory over France.

Eddie Jones's men eventually won the Twickenham tie 19-16, but they were made to work for the points by a resolute French team.

France started strongly and England were fortunate to go into half-time with the scores level at nine apiece, with Camille Lopez scoring three penalties for France and Owen Farrell, twice, and Elliot Daly responding in kind for the hosts.

After the break Owen lFarrel gave England the lead with another penalty, but it was France who scored the first try of the game, with Rabah Slimani getting over the line after some nice offloading. France went 16-12 up after Lopez kicked the conversion, and France remained leaders heading into the final ten minutes.

Ben Te'o provided the crucial moment with his try in the 70th minute, and with Farrell kicking the conversion England had a narrow lead to protect as the clock wound down. They held on to secure their 15th consecutive win - a new record - and fans booking corporate hospitality for upcoming Twickenham games against Italy on February 26th and Scotland on March 11th will be hoping this record can stay intact.

England's head coach Eddie Jones admitted his team were "disjointed in attack" and lacking urgency when France had the ball.

"Now we know what we've got to work on, we will get there. The finishers made a fantastic impact on the game - that is the strength of our team, we have a brilliant 23-man squad," he added.

Next up for England is Wales at the Principality Stadium on February 11th. The Welsh were also off to a winning start at the weekend, defeating Italy 33-9.

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