France edges out England with late penalty in Six Nations thriller

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Thomas Ramos

17th March 2024 – (Paris) Thomas Ramos’s crucial penalty in the final moments secured a thrilling 33-31 victory for France against England, capping off the Six Nations championship with high drama on Saturday.

The victory at the Stade de France not only sealed a win in their final match but also cemented France’s second-place standing in the tournament, trailing behind Ireland who had already claimed the title with a win against Scotland.

The French team burst out of the gates with an impressive early advantage, propelling to a 16-3 lead courtesy of Nolann Le Garrec’s try and the precision of Ramos’s boot. However, England’s resolve stiffened, with Ollie Lawrence delivering a brace of tries that straddled the interval, nudging England into the lead.

The pendulum swung once more as France responded through Leo Barre and Gael Fickou, who crossed the whitewash to restore their lead at 30-24. The seesaw battle continued when England’s Tommy Freeman dashed over the line, fuelling hopes of a first English victory on French soil since 2016.

In a finale fraught with tension, it was Ramos who emerged as France’s hero, his last-minute penalty ensuring a jubilant victory for the home side.

Ireland concluded the Six Nations atop the leaderboard with 20 points, with France’s late heroics placing them second with 15 points. England, narrowly missing out, ended the tournament with 14 points, followed by Scotland at 12. The result encapsulates the fierce competition and unpredictable nature of the Six Nations, leaving rugby enthusiasts enthralled and eager for what next season will bring.