Six Nations Wk3: England Tame French Resistance As Scotland Roll On

by Paul Cook - Week three of the 2013 Six Nations saw England remain on course for their first Grand Slam in 10 years with a hard fought, 23-13 victory over a feisty French outfit at Twickenham. Wales backed up their crucial win in Paris the week before with a comprehensive defeat of Italy while Scotland defied the bookmakers, the critics and the post match statistics to record their first back-to-back wins in the tournament since 2001, defeating Ireland in Edinburgh. If the form guide at least, predicted an English win, history and French unpredictability dictated otherwise when the two nations met in their 84th Five/Six Nations clash. And even though England would have expected, and prepared for, some kind of backlash from their cross channel neighbours given their lacklustre start to this year’s tournament, they were largely unable to pre
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