England win the Grand Slam
Eddie Jones completed a remarkable transformation of England’s rugby fortunes tonight, guiding the team to a first Grand Slam since 2003 with Owen Farrell supplying 16 points to see the team home just six months after their World Cup debacle.
Jones was tasked with cleansing the memory of that dreadful Cup exit that cost Stuart Lancaster his job despite having given England four second place finishes in the Six nations.
Now, Jones has not only gone one better by winning the title but England have their 13th Slam.
The only downer was the head injury in the second half suffered by captain Dylan Hartley who was carried off the field but recovered in time to lift the trophy.
Three tries from Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson ensured the Slam along with Farrell’s boot while France saw Maxime Machenaud equal the record of penalties against England with seven.
Mike Brown made a great break and only a poorly directed pass to Danny Care stopped England grabbing a try but it wasn’t a costly error. Care brought into the side to use his blistering pace, burst away from a ruck 40 m. out and raced under the posts for Farrell to convert and become England’s second highest points scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson.