England see off courageous France at Twickenham to set winning record

Against England, it was a similar story as their hard work was ultimately undone in the final 15 minutes as Ben Te'o crashed over to secure England the win.

The English defence was narrow, their set-pieces were stressed, and they missed 24 tackles, nearly twice as many as France.

Head coach Jones said: "We can't get any uglier than that". We sat back, did not secure quick ruck ball and could not attack. "We weren't our usual urgent selves and maybe I've got to look at the preparation I gave the team, the preparation wasn't good enough". It was quite unusual and at half-time we were panting. At halftime, we weren't even panting.

"If we had been better at this, we would have won more games".

Admittedly, they started the second period with much more spark, Owen Farrell - once more showing his world-class - beginning to create some space in midfield.

Daly nearly had the first try soon after half-time, but was brilliantly forced out by Noa Nakaitaci, and instead it was Rabah Slimani who broke the deadlock on the hour, scoring on the same ground where he got his first Test try at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

When the drive stalled, James Haskell, on for six minutes, charged upfield.

Then flyhalf Owen Farrell fed Ben Te'o, on for two minutes, in a gap and he burst past three defenders to score the match-winning try with 10 minutes to go.

"We have so many good finishers and Benny Te'o came on and took his try very well".

France coach Guy Noves said before the match that the handsome game - his side's historical free-flowing, attack-minded pursuit of victory - is a thing of the past.

Jones is confident his men can deal with the French assault and said: "There have been 20-odd real wars between England and France". But contain them they did.

Owen Farrell responded quickly with his own penalty when England managed to put some pressure on the French defence for the first time England were dealt a major blow when Jonny May was sent to the sin bin for a risky tackle as he lifted Fickou up by one leg and the Frenchman fell awkwardly to the ground, hitting his head hard on the turf.

England: Brown; May, Joseph (Nowell 69), Farrell, Daly; Ford (Te'o 69), Youngs (Care 66); Marler (Mullan 66), Hartley (George 55), Cole, Launchbury (Haskell 64), Lawes, Itoje, Wood, Hughes. With one moment of clarity, England managed to go ahead.

England last lost to France at Twickenham in the Six Nations in 2005 and the reigning Grand Slam champions are strong favourites to continue their winning streak tomorrow afternoon as this year's tournament begins. He was picked having played less than an hour of rugby.

Jones was nonplussed about their record streak. "They've got a lot of confidence and they are starting this Six Nations at home which is good for them", Guirado said.

The new season is upon us and I for one can't wait for the Six Nations to start.

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