England surrendered their Six Nations title to Eire with a spherical to spare, after a 22-16 defeat by France accomplished their worst Championship efficiency since 2010.
Eire’s 28-Eight victory over Scotland earlier within the afternoon left the deposed champions needing to win with a bonus level on the Stade de France to stay in competition heading into the ultimate weekend, however scoring one attempt alone took 73 minutes.
The final time England engineered 4 contact downs on French soil was in 1992 and, with the breakdown nightmare that surfaced at Murrayfield a fortnight in the past evident as soon as once more, they got here aside in a tense encounter of low high quality.
Hemorrhaging penalties at a debilitating price and failing to make any significant impression on the house defence, their rule over Europe ended meekly with the Six Nations trophy that’s destined for Dublin sat on the sidelines.
Eddie Jones’ document as head coach now stands at 24 wins from 27 Checks, however two of these three defeats have come within the final two matches with Scotland and now France pointing to a group that has entered reverse.
Jones had accomplished probably the most radical group collection of his reign however the incoming Ben Te’o, Anthony Watson and Jamie George made little influence, whereas Owen Farrell was powerless as captain to reverse the mediocrity round him.
It was a penalty by Farrell that drew first blood just for holding on on the breakdown to power repeated intervention from referee Jaco Peyper.
Elliot Daly landed a brilliant 53-metre penalty however quickly after Nathan Hughes needed to be carried from the pitch after taking a blow to a heavily-strapped left knee, earlier than Maxime Machenaud and Farrell exchanged penalties.
Machenaud levelled Jonny Might when the Leicester wing was working at full tilt as England struggled to make an headway, their early goal seeping away as France drew degree with two extra penalties from their scrum-half basic.
A key part was unfolding 4 minutes after half-time as Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury carried arduous just for the more and more influential Mathieu Bastareaud to say a essential turnover near his personal line.
Whereas England have been discovered wanting, there was no such frailty from France within the 49th minute when a pointy assault reached its crowing level as Francois Trinh-Duc lofted a crossfield kick to the left nook.
Benjamin Fall got here up with the ball however was tackled across the neck by Watson as he dived for the road, leading to a yellow card and a penalty attempt being given by Peyper.
France have been constructing a head of steam and someway they butchered an enormous overlap having initially escaped down the left wing, earlier than losing one other likelihood to maneuver out of sight.
Doubt hovered over the end result when England produced their greatest attacking play that ended when Daly and Might mixed for the latter to the touch down late on, earlier than launching one last assault that fell agonisingly quick.