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Summary

  1. Result: England 41-26 France at Castle Park in Doncaster
  2. England now favourites to win Grand Slam after beating 2018 champions
  3. Wing Breach scored two tries in first half as England gained bonus point
  4. Smith and Cleall also scored as England dominated Grand Slam champions
  5. Cleall, Botterman & O'Donnell scored for England in second half
  6. England scored twice while prop Cornborough was in the sin-bin
  7. Bourdon (2), N'Diaye and Romane Menager tries for France in second half

Live Reporting

By Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    FT: England 41-26 France

    Thanks for joining our coverage this afternoon - that's it from us.

    England cruised to victory in part one of Le Crunch, but you can tune in for all of the build-up and live text coverage of the second installment at Twickenham here.

    Goodbye!

  2. Post update

    Sarah Hunter speaking to Sky Sports: To lose a game like we did last year was tough, but we spoke a lot about how we want to impose ourselves and we certainly did that. France are always difficult and I am really proud of the girls.

    We know our technique and tactics, but who wants it more – you can’t coach that. It’s about us turning up and all 24 girls did that in training and from minute one.

    We've got a week to regather and think about how we do a 80 minute performance

  3. 'Excellent England'

    England 41-26 France

    Catherine Spencer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There lots of elated England players and some very disappointed France players. It’s another really good performance from England, they had attack all over the pitch and they took their opportunities really well.

    Italy could be the toughest fixture, they need to keep their heads but this was the big game. I’m a bit disappointed this wasn’t the game we thought it would be but I think England will keep their heads.

  4. Full-time - England 41-26 France

    England have avenged last year's defeat in Grenoble, and made it consecutive wins at the start of the 2019 Six Nations.

    The Grand Slam is very much on.

  5. Converted try - England 41-26 France

    Romane Menager

    The impressive Romane Menager has secured the bonus point for the visitors' fourth try.

    The number eight has been relentless in her ball-carrying all afternoon and she has enough energy to power over in the final play of the game.

    Pauline Bourdon kicks the extras.

  6. Post update

    England 41-19 France

    France are chasing the bonus point in the final minute. They switch play from right to left and back again inside the English half.

    They are just inches short...

  7. Post update

    England 41-19 France

    England winger Jess Breach is awarded the Man of the Match award by the stadium announcer at Castle Park.

    Sarah Hunter and Emily Scarratt have also been hugely impressive this afternoon.

  8. 'England will look at discipline'

    England 41-19 France

    Catherine Spencer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    England’s penalty count since half-time has been very high. They count themselves as a very disciplined team, and that’s a negative they will take away from this game.

  9. Post update

    England 41-19 France

    Hannah Botterman knocks on in the middle of the field and France have a scrum as we enter the final three minutes of the game.

    Hannah Botterman
  10. 'Beckett needs to look at her tackling'

    England 41-12 France

    Catherine Spencer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    That was a late hit from Beckett, she’ll look at that analysis and see that she needs to get lower in the tackle.

  11. Converted try - England 41-19 France

    Pauline Bourdon

    The French scrum-half adds her second try of the afternoon after sniping through a gap under the posts.

    She brushes herself off to kick the conversion.

  12. Try review

    England 41-12 France

    Pauline Bourdon could have scored her second try of the game, but it's being reviewed to see if the ball touched the white line.

  13. Post update

    England 41-12 France

    Sarah Beckett is adjudged to have made a late tackle but France already have the penalty. France tap and go and Safi N'Diaye is brought down just short.

  14. Review

    England 41-12 France

    France go through the phases and England are penalised for a deliberate knock on.

    The TMO has been called into action once again as Sarah Beckett hits Pauline Bourdon late in the build-up.

  15. 'Let's aim big'

    England 41-12 France

    Catherine Spencer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    It’s good to take the game around the country, and I am really excited to see what it will be like at Exeter, but I’d love to see bigger crowds in bigger stadiums.

    England 41-12 France
  16. Post update

    England 41-12 France

    England win the ball off the top of the line-out.

    Natasha Hunt is ordering her forwards' around before releasing the backs, but the hosts lose possession and France clear their lines.

  17. Post update

    England 41-12 France

    Natasha Hunt turns the French defence with an accurate kick over the top but the visitors emerge with the ball and Pauline Bourdon finds touch.

  18. 'Delighted for O'Donnell'

    England 41-12 France

    Catherine Spencer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    French heads are dropping now, but it's really pleasing to see a try from Cath O’Donnell. She has worked hard for years and years to get into this position. She once came all the way down from Keswick in the Lakes to go to a training camp in Bristol, so I’ve followed her ever since.

  19. Try - England 41-12 France

    Cath O'Donnell

    England tick closer to the 50-point mark as Cath O'Donnell goes over in the corner.

    The Red Roses move the ball wide from the base of the scrum.

    Play breaks down on the left, but the powerful second row in on hand to dive over.

    Katy Daley-Mclean fails with the conversion close to the touchline.

    Cath O'Donnell
  20. Post update

    England 36-12 France

    France lose their own line-out and Hannah Botterman continues to impress off the bench with a powerful surge into the France half.

    The ball is recycled wide and Jess Breach's mazey run gains England valuable yards, before France strip the ball, but England have the five-metre scrum as the visitors are penalised.