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Sunderland axe Martin O"Neill after dismal run leaves them one point above the drop zone

Sunderland axe O'Neill after dismal run leaves them one point above the drop zone

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21:40 GMT, 30 March 2013

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21:47 GMT, 30 March 2013

Martin O'Neill parted company with Sunderland after the Black Cats slipped deeper into relegation trouble.

The 61-year-old's departure was confirmed hours after Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United, which left the club sitting just a point clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with seven games left to play.

A club statement said: 'Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O'Neill this evening.

Time's up: Sunderland have axed Martin O'Neill

Time's up: Sunderland have axed Martin O'Neill

'The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future.

'An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor..

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Sir Alex Ferguson forgets dangerous tackles

Is Williams kicking the ball at Van Persie's head really the most dangerous, Fergie

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22:54 GMT, 23 December 2012

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22:56 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson described the Robin van Persie incident as ‘the most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a football field for many years’.

But the United boss seems to have forgotten a few cases involving his own club.

APRIL 2001: Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Haaland

After being accused of feigning injury by Haaland when he had ruptured ligaments, Keane took his revenge with a horror lunge on the Norwegian. He later admitted in his book: ‘I’d waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard.’

Roy Keane (red) has his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland

Roy Keane (red) has his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001

JANUARY 1995: Eric Cantona on spectator Matthew Simmons

Sent off for kicking Crystal Palace defender Richard Shaw, Cantona was abused by the home crowd as he left the pitch before launching a kung-fu kick at Palace fan Simmons.

The Frenchman was banned for nine months.

Moments after Eric Cantona (foreground) launched an astonishing two-foot drop kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons

Moments after Eric Cantona (foreground) launched an astonishing two-foot drop kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons in 1995

APRIL 2011: Paul Scholes on Pablo Zabaleta

There are plenty of Scholes tackles to choose from, but his rake on Zabaleta in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final left the Argentinian with a horrible gash on his thigh.

Pablo Zabaleta limps off after the thigh-high challenge from Paul Scholes

Pablo Zabaleta limps off after the thigh-high challenge from Paul Scholes in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final

Rob Howley "disappointed" after Wales defeat to Argentina

Howley smoke! Wales head coach left 'disappointed, frustrated and annoyed'

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18:33 GMT, 10 November 2012

Wales interim head coach Rob Howley admitted his side had been made to look lethargic by a battle-hardened Argentina after the Pumas claimed a stunning 26-12 win at the Millennium Stadium.

The Six Nations champions had led 9-6 at the break thanks to three Leigh Halfpenny penalties, with Felipe Contepomi slotting a penalty and Nicolas Sanchez landing a drop goal for the Pumas.

Turning the screw: Juan Imhoff scores a try for Argentina

Turning the screw: Juan Imhoff scores a try for Argentina

Match facts

WALES:

Penalties: Halfpenny (7, 14, 27, 48)

ARGENTINA:

Tries: Imhoff (54), Camacho (59)

Conversions: Sanchez (54, 59)

Penalties: Contepomi (4)

Drop goals: Sanchez (9. 52)

Halfpenny extended Wales' lead with a
fourth penalty early in the second half, but a penalty and drop goal
from Sanchez, plus converted tries for wings Juan Imhoff and Gonzalo
Camacho saw the visitors secure their second win over Wales in Cardiff,
11 years to the day after their first.

The defeat puts a major dent in
Wales' hopes of securing a top-four place in the world rankings ahead of
next month's 2015 World Cup draw, but they can have no qualms after
being exposed by Argentina.

And there looks set to be further bad
news for Howley with Jamie Roberts and Alun Wyn Jones picking up
injuries that put their involvement in the rest of the autumn series in
doubt.

Feeding frenzy: Argentina's Martin Landajo releases the ball

Feeding frenzy: Argentina's Martin Landajo releases the ball

The Pumas, for their part, look to
have quickly learnt the lessons of facing the All Blacks, Australia and
South Africa during their maiden Rugby Championship campaign, and a
frustrated Howley acknowledged the visitors appear to have moved their
game to a new level.

He said: 'I am disappointed, frustrated and annoyed because we know we are a better side than that.

'We talked about it being an arm wrestle for 50 minutes and we were 12-6 ahead but we looked one-paced.

Getting his kicks: Wales' Leigh Halfpenny (left) scores a penalty

Getting his kicks: Wales' Leigh Halfpenny (left) scores a penalty

'When you play Argentina, tempo, pace
and intensity are important but there is no doubt their experience and
exposure to the Rugby Championship has taken that Argentina side to
another level.

'They played the All Blacks, South
Africa and Australia over a six-week period and they have certainly
learned from that and we were exposed to it today and we very much came
second.'

Wales' chances were not helped when a
clearly concussed Roberts was helped off after a clash of heads with
Gonzalo Tiesi, while lock Jones was withdrawn with a shoulder problem
just before the break.

Going south: George North is tackled by Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (left)

Going south: George North is tackled by Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (left)

Howley said: 'Jamie has a bump on the
head, it's a mild concussion to say the least. Alun Wyn has done his AC
(joint) so we will have to wait on the medical opinion for that but it
does not look good at this time and it will test our strength in depth
and these next three games are very important.'

Assistant coach Shaun Edwards pulled
no punches in his assessment of the performance, and felt Wales had
badly missed the injured trio of centre Jonathan Davies, prop Adam Jones
and flanker Dan Lydiate, as well as Roberts after he went off.

Double trouble: Manuel Carizza (third right) looks to offload under pressure from Tavis Knoyle (right) and Toby Faletau (right)

Double trouble: Manuel Carizza (third right) looks to offload under pressure from Tavis Knoyle (right) and Toby Faletau (right)

He said: 'I definitely thought the
impact from the Argentina bench was better than ours. We went into the
game with certain personnel missing and it showed quite dramatically in
the last half hour.

'Both starting centres from the Grand
Slam were missing, we had our number six and number three missing and
it showed, and we have to get the other players up to pace as quickly as
possible.

'But it was obvious there is a
disparity at the moment between our first-choice XV and the players who
have got those positions now.'

Chip 'n' chase: Martin Landajo (left) kicks past Tavis Knoyle (right)

Chip 'n' chase: Martin Landajo (left) kicks past Tavis Knoyle (right)

London Irish 39 Northampton 17: Joseph inspired as leaders lose unbeaten record

London Irish 39 Northampton 17: Joseph inspired as leaders lose unbeaten record

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16:37 GMT, 6 October 2012


Unstoppable: Jonathan Joseph was inspired

Unstoppable: Jonathan Joseph was inspired

Jonathan Joseph inspired the biggest upset of the Aviva Premiership season as London Irish destroyed Northampton's unbeaten record at the Madejski Stadium.

The England centre touched down for the opening try and he played a key role in scores by David Paice and Topsy Ojo as London Irish turned the Premiership table on its head.

Jamie Gibson wrapped up the Exiles' first bonus point of the season with their fourth try to cap another outstanding individual display.

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Stopped in his tracks: Topsy Ojo is tackled by Phil Dowson

London Irish snaffled an overthrown Northampton lineout and moved the ball wide for Joseph to stab a grubber kick through for Marlande Yarde to kick on.

Vasily Artemyev, Northampton's stand-in full-back, failed to cover the bouncing ball and Joseph followed up to score his second try of the season.

London Irish were unrelenting for the rest of the half. Prop Halani Aulika was stopped just before the line and number eight held up over it as Ofisa Treviranus hammered away at the line.

Shingler extended the Exiles' lead with a penalty before Joseph hit the line at blistering pace inside the Northampton 22 and, two phases later, Paice twisted over the line to score.

Ian Humphreys' 40-metre drop-goal handed London Irish an 18-0 lead at half-time. Northampton had to respond and they showed early intent after the restart with a penalty from Myler.

A brilliant run from Pisi had London Irish on the back foot and Myler almost worked an opening for Noah Cato but they could not find a way through.

Free run: Marland Yarde of Irish gets away from Dominick Waldouck

Free run: Marland Yarde of Irish gets away from Dominick Waldouck

And London Irish then hit Northampton with a brilliant third try, finished by Ojo but created by Joseph as the Exiles attacked from clean lineout ball.

Joseph beat Myler for pace and then drew two defenders before slipping a delightful pass to Ojo, who was tackled by Pisi but had the momentum to roll over the line and score.

Shingler edged the Exiles further ahead with a penalty after a powerful driving maul before captain Bryn Evans came within inches of scoring the fourth try after collecting a one-handed pass from Joseph.

But the Exiles did not have to wait long. From a quick lineout, Shingler swung a long pass to Treviranus, who held off two defenders and sent Gibson racing away for the try.

Northampton, to their credit, kept plugging away with scrum-half Lee Dickson particularly lively, and they worked a try for Pisi in the right corner.

Dowson burrowed over a second Northampton try but Shingler added two more late penalties as London Irish rounded off their best performance of the season with a memorable victory.

Saracens 9 Leicester 9: Toby Flood outshines Owen Farrell

Saracens 9 Leicester 9: Flood outshines Farrell as title contenders share spoils at Wembley

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17:09 GMT, 15 September 2012

Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson went from hero to villain as the battle of the Red Rose No 10s past and present ended in stalemate at Wembley.

After replacing the woefully off-colour Owen Farrell early in the second half Hodgson's kicking – both from the tee and in open play – dragged Saracens back into the game.

However, after kicking two penalties in quick succession to level proceedings, the 31-year-old was off target with a last-gasp drop goal in front of the posts.

Close call: Flood (above) and Hodgson (below) both missed late drop goal attempts

Close call: Flood (above) and Hodgson (below) both missed late drop goal attempts

Close call: Flood (above) and Hodgson (below) both missed late drop goal attempts
MATCH FACTS

Saracens: Pens: Farrell, Hodgson 2.

Saracens: Goode, Ashton, Tomkins, Barritt, Short, Farrell, de Kock, Vunipola, Brits, Nieto, Borthwick, Botha, Brown, Wray, Joubert.

Replacements: Wyles for Short (60), Hodgson for Farrell (52), Wigglesworth for de Kock (52), Gill for Vunipola (66), Smit for Brits (66), Du Plessis for Nieto (48), Hargreaves for Botha (65), Fraser for Wray (71).

Leicester: Pens: Flood 3.

Leicester: Murphy, Hamilton, Tuilagi, Allen, Goneva, Flood, Harrison, Mulipola, T Youngs, Cole, Kitchener, Parling, Mafi, Salvi, Waldrom.

Replacements: Smith for Murphy (15), Stankovich for Mulipola (64), Chuter for T. Youngs (71), Castrogiovanni for Cole (50), Crane for Waldrom (62).

Not Used: Andrew, Phibbs, Ford.

Another England fly-half, Toby Flood,
kicked the three penalties that had seemingly put Leicester on course
for victory but the Tigers pivot was also off-target with a drop-goal
attempt with the last kick of the game as the points were shared.

The place-kicking battle started early, with Flood successful with two penalties inside the first six minutes.

Sarries barely got out of their own half early on but slowly came into
the match and could have reduced the deficit on 10 minutes.

But in a sign of what was to follow in a dismal first half for Farrell,
making his first start of the season, the 20-year-old dragged his effort
wide – the first of four misses from five attempts.

Leicester skipper Geordan Murphy was forced off through injury after 14
minutes, replaced by Matt Smith, before Farrell failed to take advantage
with his next penalty attempt – dragging his effort off target from 40
metres.

The Tigers slowly took a grip on the game and enjoyed an impressive
spell of possession, Vereniki Goneva and Scott Hamilton nearly linking
up to produce the first try but for the timely intervention of Alex
Goode on the left wing.

Bad day at the office: Farrell (right) is consoled by captain Steve Bortwick after missing another penalty

Bad day at the office: Farrell (right) is consoled by captain Steve Bortwick after missing another penalty

Despite sustained pressure they had to settle for a penalty, Flood
extending the lead to nine with his third success on the half-hour mark.

Farrell finally got himself off the mark with his fourth penalty attempt
on 34 minutes but he was wayward again with the last kick of the first
half to leave the margin at 9-3.

Sarries kept the faith with their misfiring fly-half in the early stages
of the second half but Hodgson joined the fray in the 51st minute and
seconds later succeeded where Farrell had failed.

Powerhouse: Manu Tuilagi bursts through for Leicester

Powerhouse: Manu Tuilagi bursts through for Leicester

The former Sale No 10 – who retired from international duty in the
summer – kicked Sarries to victory against his old club last week and he
found his range immediately after Tigers were penalised for coming in
at the side.

The scores were level before the hour mark when Hodgson made it two from
two. Julian Salvi did not roll away quickly enough and the 31-year-old
duly slotted the penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

Leicester had the next chance to restore their lead on 68 minutes but
Flood pulled his kickable penalty attempt wide for his first miss of the
day at a most inopportune moment.

Title contenders: The two sides met in last season's play-off semi-final

Title contenders: The two sides met in last season's play-off semi-final

Title contenders: The two sides met in last season's play-off semi-final

Sarries wasted a chance on the counter-attack after some quick thinking
by Goode, Richard Wigglesworth knocking on with a gap looking to have
opened up.

A Saracens turnover and a kick ahead from Hodgson forced Leicester to
concede a line-out within metres of their line heading into the last
five minutes.

Safe line-out ball allowed Sarries to set-up the replacement fly-half
with a drop-goal attempt in front of the posts but Hodgson sliced it
wide.

Leicester got themselves down the other end of the field to give Flood
his chance to be the hero but his effort was just wide as the points
were shared.

Centre of attention: Brad Barritt takes on Scott Hamilton

Centre of attention: Brad Barritt takes on Scott Hamilton

Worcester 23 Bath 24: Olly Barkley kicks all his side"s points

Worcester 23 Bath 24: Barkley's boot to thank for narrow victory

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18:24 GMT, 1 September 2012

Olly Barkley kicked all of Bath's points including a last-minute penalty to snatch a dramatic Aviva Premiership win over Worcester at Sixways.

Bath had not led until the 65th minute but even when home lock James Percival responded by crashing over for the only try of the game soon after, it was the accuracy of Barkley that proved decisive.

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Boot boy: Olly Barkley was in sparkling kicking form

Worcester had raced out to a 12-0 with Goode initially solid with the boot as he slotted a 40-metre penalty in just the second minute.

Minutes later Bath offended in the ruck area and again the outside half was on target, this time from 35 metres.

The Warriors continued to dominate play and when Matt Banahan was penalised for not rolling away at a ruck, Goode converted his third penalty to give his side a 9-0 lead after only 10 minutes.

Worse was to follow for Banahan and Bath. The centre was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on and again Goode made no mistake with his penalty kick.

Banahan was soon joined in the sin-bin by rival captains, Stewart Hooper and Dean Schofield, who were yellow carded by young referee, Luke Pearce, after a substantial melee involving most of the forwards.

Tight: The match was gripping until the end

Tight: The match was gripping until the end

However, the Warriors failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority.

Barkley
reduced the arrears with the first of his eight penalties and Banahan
then returned with no damage done to his side's chances.

Goode should have restored Worcester's 12-point advantage but the outside half fired wide with a 30-metre drop-kick attempt.

Another error from the Warriors saw Josh Drauniniu fail to collect an up-and-under and another penalty was conceded for offside which Barkley kicked from 45 metres.

A simple penalty from Goode after 32 minutes made it 15-6 to the Warriors and they should have extended that lead when they blew the best try scoring opportunity of the half.

Goode, David Lemi and Josh Matavesi combined brilliantly in a sweeping 70-metre move but Lemi's scoring pass to Goode was ruled forward.

Bath scored the first points of the second half when Barkley was successful with a 45-metre penalty and the lead was soon down to three points with another simple goal from the outside half.

Crunch: James Percival is tackled

Crunch: James Percival is tackled

A handling error from Lemi and a powerful run from Banahan exerted more pressure on the Warriors defence and they conceded another penalty at the ruck area to allow Barkley to tie up the scores.

Bath were now the dominant side with Banahan becoming increasingly influential with his driving runs in midfield and they looked the more likely winners as the game entered the final quarter.

Barkley gave Bath the lead for the first time in the match with a 35-metre penalty after 65 minutes.

Stung by the reverse Worcester immediately brought on three replacements and it soon paid dividends when Percival drove over from close range but Goode's conversion rebounded back of a post which proved costly as Barkley was successful with his longest penalty of the game to give Bath a one-point lead with six minutes remaining.

Back came the Warriors to secure two penalties in the Bath 22, Goode surprisingly missed the first but kept his nerve to kick the second.

But with the last kick of the match Barkley made no mistake with his eighth penalty and with it an away victory.

South Africa 14 England 14: Lancaster"s young troops finish tour on a high

South Africa 14 England 14: Lancaster's young troops finish tour on a high

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16:49 GMT, 23 June 2012

England held on for a morale-boosting draw as South Africa fly-half Morne Steyn was given the bird by the home fans for his wayward kicking.

England had dominated the first half but found themselves 9-8 down at the break despite Danny Care's try and a Toby Flood penalty.

The Springboks turned up the pressure after the break and winger JP Pietersen went over in the corner to put the home side 14-11 ahead.

Owen Farrell kicked a penalty in front of the posts to level at 14-all but missed a last-gasp drop goal attempt.

Danny joy: Care dives over

Danny joy: Care dives over

Djibril Cisse promises to repay QPR fans at Manchester City

This is my biggest game… I promise to repay fans: Cisse desperate to help QPR escape

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21:55 GMT, 12 May 2012

Djibril Cisse has enjoyed a flurry of red cards career packed with massive matches but he believes QPR's showdown at Manchester City eclipses the lot – even the 2005 Champions League final.

Cisse scored in the penalty shootout that night as Liverpool stunned AC Milan to win Europe's greatest club prize but now he is feeling a different kind of pressure going into the game that could decide QPR's Premier League future and see City crowned champions.

And if Cisse can help mastermind QPR's escape, he is desperate that fans will remember him for the goals rather than the red cards which have studded his rollercoaster few months at Loftus Road.

I owe you: Djibril Cisse has to make up for missing key games due to red cards

I owe you: Djibril Cisse has to make up for missing key games due to red cards

'I'm trying not to think about it but I know we are fighting for our lives,' said Frenchman Cisse, 30. 'That is why this game is in my top three most important games ever in my career.

'The other two were positive games, the Champions League final with Liverpool and the French Cup final with Auxerre. If you lose you have another chance the next season.

QPR: cost of the drop

Debt: 50m owed to owner

Wage bill (2010-11): 29.7m, estimated 45m now

Most recent losses: 25.7m (2010-11)

Fall in income if relegated: 40m*

*offset by 16m parachute payment next season

'But if you are relegated then your chance has gone for at least a year to play in the Premier League again and it could be a long wait before you get another chance. It's a different kind of pressure.'

And if they are relegated, Cisse is well aware that there will be fingers pointed at him for the red cards picked up in defeats by Wolves and Sunderland.

Those dismissals – and the subsequent bans – could yet prove more decisive than the five goals he has scored, the last of which was the 87th-minute winner against Stoke which handed his new team a relegation lifeline at the champions-elect. This earned the forgiveness of chairman Tony Fernandes, if not some fans.

'I missed seven games and now I have to give this back to the club and the fans,' Cisse said. 'I have to pay them all back. It's up to me to change the situation and make sure the fans do not have bad memories of me. If I score the winner at City, people will remember me for that, not missing seven games.'

Forgiving type: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes (left) has no problem with Cisse

Forgiving type: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes (left) has no problem with Cisse

Cisse, who was signed by Mark Hughes from Lazio in January for 4million on a two-and-a-half year deal, is adamant QPR, despite their desperate away form and going to a stadium that has not witnessed a City defeat this term, can stay up without Stoke's help against Bolton.

A draw at the Etihad will confirm their top-flight status next season but, if Bolton fail to win, Rangers will be safe anyway.

'I have never gone into any game thinking I will lose,' he said. 'We have quality players and City will be fighting to win the title, so anything can happen. We will not be thinking about Bolton, but about ourselves. I like these situations. When the pressure is on, I play at my best. I don't have to be the one who scores. It doesn't matter. Just as long as I'm a Premier League player with QPR next season.

Score to settle: QPR boss Mark Hughes returns to Manchester City on Sunday

Score to settle: QPR boss Mark Hughes returns to Manchester City on Sunday

'It's a different club to any I have played for before, but one with great passion, pride and history. We're a really good club. We don't have to win, or even draw at City if Stoke beat Bolton, but we have to go there aiming to get at least a point. To do this we will need to defend really well and then take our chances. It is possible.'

But if it does end in tears, Cisse has no thought of jumping ship – even if QPR might want to get him off their wage bill.

QPR: Cost of the drop

'If they want me and need me then I will stay, even if we go down,' he said.

In a career already littered with more highs and lows than most both on and off the pitch, Cisse hopes that this will be another plus added to his name. If QPR are relegated this tea-time, it will not be through lack of belief.

'Everyone knows it will be a difficult game and everyone knows it's a big, big game. But we are fighting and we are a good team – and that's enough of a reason why we can earn at least a point.'

David James wants to continue playing after he is released by Bristol City

David James: I want to carry on playing next season, I feel great

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15:06 GMT, 2 May 2012

David James is keen to continue playing football even though his contract will not be renewed at Bristol City.

The 41-year-old was told he has no future at Ashton Gate after he was named on Derek McInnes' retained list on Tuesday alongside seven other players.

Fighting on: David James wants to carry on playing for at least another season

Fighting on: David James wants to carry on playing for at least another season

Despite this, James, who was capped 53 times for England, wants to play on before eventually moving into management.

James joined Bristol City from Portsmouth in 2010, and has appeared 80 times over two seasons for the Robins.

But the veteran goalkeeper has no plans to retire just yet. 'I'm still looking to play next season,' James told Sky Sports, 'I've had a few little niggles, but I still feel great.

'In the meantime I've been doing my B-level coaching badges, hopefully I will be able to complete my UEFA Pro-Licence, eventually with a view to moving into management.'

Eventually: James wants to move into management

Eventually: James wants to move into management

Bristol City only managed to steer clear of relegation in the final weeks of the season, and finished two places above the drop zone.

“Anyone who doesn't win, achieve promotion or reach the play-offs in our division and suffer the threat of relegation is going to have had a difficult season in our division,” the goalkeeper said.

“We didn't have a good start. Derek McInnes came in and he had a good effect, but then things started to go down hill again.

“But Derek was brought in with the remit of keeping us out of relegation, and he's achieved that.”

France 22 England 24: Famous Six Nations win in Paris for Stuart Lancaster"s men

France 22 England 24: C'est magnifique! Lancaster's men stun Les Bleus in epic Paris win

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17:43 GMT, 11 March 2012

England secured a remarkable RBS Six Nations victory over France in Paris that could have profound implications on the future direction of the national team.

Tries from Manu Tuilagi and Ben Foden put England 14-3 ahead and when Tom Croft scored late on they led 24-15 with just five minutes remaining.

Wesley Fofana's converted try in the corner brought France storming back into the game but Francois Trinh-Duc's late drop-goal attempt fell short.

Over the line: Ben Foden scores England's second try of the match at the Stade de France

Over the line: Ben Foden scores England's second try of the match at the Stade de France

MATCH FACTS

France: Tries: Fofana. Cons: Parra. Pens: Beauxis 3, Dupuy, Parra.

France: Poitrenaud, Clerc, Rougerie, Fofana, Malzieu, Beauxis, Dupuy, Poux, Szarzewski, Mas, Pape, Maestri, Dusautoir, Bonnaire, Harinordoquy.

Replacements: Trinh-Duc for Beauxis (73), Parra for Dupuy (49), Debaty for Poux (49), Servat for Szarzewski (49), Picamoles for Bonnaire (66).

Not used: Nallet, Mermoz.

England: Tries: Tuilagi, Foden, Croft. Cons: Farrell 3. Pens: Farrell.

England: Foden, Ashton, Tuilagi, Barritt, Sharples, Farrell, Dickson, Corbisiero, Hartley, Cole, Botha, Parling, Croft, Robshaw, Morgan, Dowson.

Replacements: Youngs for Dickson (73), Stevens for Cole (68), Palmer for Botha (55), Dowson for Morgan (62), Webber for Dowson (74).

Not used: Hodgson, Brown.

Sin Bin: Sharples (53).

Attendance: 80,895

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland).

England, mathematically at least, will
head into the final weekend with a shot at the title and Stuart
Lancaster's bid to become the next full-time coach is building momentum.

Never before have England won all
three away fixtures in the same championship season and today's
remarkable triumph lifts Lancaster's men up to fourth in the world.

If they can stay there for the rest of
the year – admittedly a tough ask given the fixtures that lie ahead –
England will be a top seed at their home World Cup in 2015.

The expectation is that the Rugby
Football Union want a coach with top-level international experience to
lead England into the tournament but Jake White's withdrawal appears to
leave them with a choice between Lancaster and Nick Mallett.

Lancaster said in the week that he has
enough vision and self-belief to bridge the experience gap and become
Martin Johnson's permanent successor.

Nothing will have hammered his message home more profoundly to RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie than this away win in Paris.

Wales' superior points difference
means they have a strong grip on the championship crown but if France
were to wreck their Grand Slam party next weekend then England,
mathematically at least, will be going for the title against Ireland.

All smiles: England celebrate taking the lead in Paris

All smiles: England celebrate taking the lead in Paris

Forcing through: Manu Tuilagi evades a tackle by Aurelien Rougerie to score the opening try for England

Forcing through: Manu Tuilagi evades a tackle by Aurelien Rougerie to score the opening try for England

Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples was
awarded his first Test start after David Strettle was ruled out on the
eve of the match with a chest injury, while France coach Philippe
Saint-Andre gave fly-half Lionel Beauxis and scrum-half Julien Dupuy
their first Test starts since 2009.

Beauxis sliced a drop-goal attempt
wide after some strong approach play from his forwards and Dupuy missed a
penalty before flanker Julien Bonnaire brushed aside tackles from Dan
Cole and Sharples before being dragged down just short.

Despite those French opportunities,
England were the better side for the opening half-hour and scored two
scintillating tries to take control of the match.

Hands up: England's Mouritz Botha tries to stop Julien Dupuy's kick

Hands up: England's Mouritz Botha tries to stop Julien Dupuy's kick

Fall guy: Ben Morgan is tackled by France's Aurelien Rougerie (L) and Thierry Dusautoir (R)

Fall guy: Ben Morgan is tackled by France's Aurelien Rougerie (L) and Thierry Dusautoir (R)

Chris Ashton produced a shuddering
tackle on hooker Dimitri Szarzewski and Owen Farrell scooped up the
loose ball and Lee Dickson sent Tuilagi thundering away to beat Aurelien
Rougerie and score in the corner.

After Farrell converted, Beauxis
landed a long-range penalty to get France on the board but England hit
them again with a second try.

No way through: Julien Malzieu (C) fails to break through for France

No way through: Julien Malzieu (C) fails to break through for France

Luke Benedict Six Nations blog

Number eight Ben Morgan beat two
defenders on a rampaging run before fending off Imanol Harinordoquy and
slipping a deft offload to Ben Foden, who dragged Vincent Clerc with him
over the line.

Farrell's conversion was successful
but the Saracens fly-half then hit the post from bang in front, failing
to reward a strong effort from an England pack.

Leading the way: England captain Chris Robshaw drives through as Owen Farrell looks on

Leading the way: England captain Chris Robshaw drives through as Owen Farrell looks on

Beauxis appeared to have wasted an
attacking opportunity when he lumped another high ball towards Foden,
who claimed the mark just before being taken out by Rougerie.

Croft and Ashton took exception to the
tackle, prompting a shoving match with Rougerie which saw France
awarded a penalty, which Dupuy kicked.

It was careless from England, who then conceded two more before the interval as their lead was cut to 14-9.

Magic moment: Croft's score in the 70th minute - converted by Farrell - was enough to seal victory

Magic moment: Croft's score in the 70th minute – converted by Farrell – was enough to seal victory

Magic moment: Croft's score in the 70th minute - converted by Farrell - was enough to seal victory

Farrell extended England's advantage
after Fofana was penalised for a deliberate knock-on, defying the jeers
to land a nerveless kick from 40 metres out.

France began to ring the changes with
hooker William Servat and prop Vincent Debaty sent on as well as Morgan
Parra at scrum half.

England conceded another penalty for
pulling down a maul, which Beauxis missed, before Sharples was sent to
the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on.

Clement Poitrenaud sent Fofana
crashing into the England 22 where he was half-stopped by Foden's tackle
before Cole joined in and forced the French centre to knock on.

Three amigos: England's try scorers celebrate after the victory at the Stade de France

Three amigos: England's try scorers celebrate after the victory at the Stade de France

Although England saw out the sin-bin
without further damage, France continued to chip away at their lead with
two more penalties from Beauxis.

Suddenly the lead was down to two
points. England had to respond and they did through Croft, who cut
between Rougerie and Harinordoquy before rounding Poitrenaud to score.

But there was still time for late
drama. From a strong five-metre scrum, Fofana attacked the blindside and
beat Sharples to score in the same corner as Tuilagi.

With five minutes left the match was
again in the balance but England clung on as Trinh-Duc's drop goal
attempt lacked the legs to reach its target.

Give him the job! One England fan makes a public declaration on Lancaster

Give him the job! One England fan makes a public declaration on Lancaster

Just the job: Victory ion Paris could well earn Lancaster the England role on a full-time basis

Just the job: Victory in Paris could well earn Lancaster the England role on a full-time basis