England win Twickenham
England took an early lead after two brilliant tries by Anthony Watson. The 12-3 lead was enough to get France’s Morgan Parra to bring the scores closer, after two penalty kicks making it 12-9. Jonny May ensured England would could run away further with a quality try, although Fulgence Ouedraogo drove over from a maul to bring the scores within 5 points of each other after.
French Flair is no longer able to take on England’s efficiency, the backline especially hit hard, with Henry Slade and Sam Burgess impressing the home crowd in their debut match. Full-back Alex Goode showed a solid display before being replaced in the second half, whilst Watson and May showed a convincing risk to the French.
France weren’t going to give up easily, as the experienced team had the upper hand over the hosts at times, especially in the scrums and more so during the second half when England were down to 14 men, when Calum Clark got shown a yellow card, as well as Burgess.
Despite the hiccups, England showed good attacking when they were in charge of the ball, plus a couple of important turnovers from James Haskell, was sufficient to carry them home in their first warm-up match.