06 December 2020 18:46
England Elliot Daly Landed a long-range penalty but oddly inaccurate with his passing for the second week in succession, costing England opportunities out wide. Anthony Watson Held up and bundled into touch from the kick-off, setting an uncertain tone for the hosts. Needed to mop up some messy service. Henry Slade Almost sliced through at the end of the first half and enjoyed more touches as the game dragged on and England produced quick ball. Owen Farrell (captain) Missed 12 points from tee, although a gutsy conversion took the contest to extra-time.
Some steely contributions, including the match-winner. Jonny May Peripheral in the first half, so hunted the ball and lifted his side with scampering runs around the ruck. Climbed to take a telling high ball at the death. George Ford Epitomised the hosts' tentativeness with more kicking that seemed devoid of purpose and frustrated the supporters in attendance. 9. Ben Youngs France made England's ruck ball messy and that made life difficult for Youngs at the base of breakdowns. Robson's liveliness brought more. 1. Ellis Genge An injury replacement for original starter Mako Vunipola, Genge started well but seemed to fade and knocked on over the try-line. 2. Jamie George Isolated and beaten by Jalibert for France's try and saw two lineout throws picked off by Woki. One of his more difficult Test matches. 3. Kyle Sinckler Urgent and vocal in defence and eventually began to turn the screw on Kolingar in the scrum before Stuart arrived. 4. Maro Itoje Woki derailed England's lineout operation and Eddie Jones had to bring on Hill to help out Itoje. Emerged from a testing contest by winning the defining turnover. 5. Joe Launchbury More subdued than in previous appearances this autumn, although he put his hand up to carry at close range. Hill replaced him early. 6. Tom Curry Committed a couple of handling errors and conceded avoidable infringements in the first half. One of England's most prominent players in the second. 7. Sam Underhill Normally so controlled, Underhill's frantic display was encapsulated when he kicked the ball out of Couilloud's hands at a scrum. Hooked early in the second half. 8. Billy Vunipola Started both halves with heavy, clumping tackles, first on Raka and then on Moefana, that stirred England. An industrious talisman with ball in hand. Replacements Luke Cowan-Dickie (on for George, 65) Try was a reward for his spikiness around the field and rescued England. Joe Marler (on for Genge, 59) His one-on-one tackling and scrummaging remains up there with the best in the country. Will Stuart (on for Sinckler, 65) Stuart has enhanced his reputation this autumn and spearheaded a vital scrum penalty. Jonny Hill (on for Launchbury, 44) Brought on to invigorate England. Clattered Couilloud and shored up the lineout. Ben Earl (on for Underhill, 44) Introduced early and rewarded that proactive call with a jackal turnover as well as lively running in the wide channels. Dan Robson (on for Youngs, 70)` Immediately added energy to England's phase-play, although ran down a blind alley at the end of the first half of extra-time. Max Malins (on for Watson, 70) Made an instant impression, stepping up to distribute and running with verve. Joe Marchant: Not used