Saturday, October 13, 2007

Goooo England !

Champions England will go for their second World Cup in a row after winning a gripping semi-final against France.

The champions took a second-minute lead through Josh Lewsey's try but two Lionel Beauxis penalties put France 6-5 up at the break.

A penalty apiece from Beauxis and Jonny Wilkinson maintained the gap.

Wilkinson hit the woodwork with a drop-goal with 20 minutes to go but kicked a late penalty and drop-goal to see the champions home.

The historical rivalry between the cross-channel neighbours has been echoed by a rugby rivalry that stretches back to England's 35-8 win in the initial encounter between the two sides 101 years ago.

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