France finished off their unbeaten RBS Six Nations campaign at the Stade de France last night, beating England by 12 points to 10.
Whilst Marc Lievremont’s cohorts are fully deserving of the Grand Slam, it wasn’t a hugely convincing performance and they could easily have lost the game.
The Six Nations title was already theirs by the time the whistle blew to start the game, but England played with much more ambition, they scored the only try of the game, and they very nearly upset the French party once again.
France have been the best side in the tournament by some distance, and it would not have been a fitting end to the tournament if England had won in Paris. They nearly capitulated, they played not to lose rather than to win, and the crowd almost turned against them, but they held on for victory and widespread relief.
We’ll have all the post-match reaction as usual over the next few days, as well as a look back on the whole tournament and our view on the ‘Team of the Six Nations’.