- France Universities beat England Students 39-22
- England had won the first fixture 27-17 at home
France Universities remain undefeated in 20 years on home territory as they beat England Students 39-22 at Stade Gilbert Santiago in Bordeaux.
France Universities started the match well with a try after four minutes to give them an early lead which was followed by another try from Hugo Aznar to give the hosts a 12-0 advantage.
After a tense 15 minutes the English started finding their feet and won a scrum against France. This resulted in a successful penalty kick made by England fly-half Josh Bragman putting them on the scoreboard.
As half-time approached, France scored a penalty kick giving them another three points. England responded and scored their first try off a lineout five metres out.
The try was scored by number 14, Matt Welsh followed by a successful Bragman conversion making it 15-10 to the hosts at the break.
The game opened up in the second half with the England Students gaining some confidence. Taking an opportunity Elias Caven, number 23, scored another try for England, evening up the score to 15 all.
The French responded with increased aggression and a hard pick and drive at the English try line put them ahead again. Their hooker with the try this time, successfully converted to bring the score to 22-15.
England continued to attack with second row Bailey Ransom touching down to level the scores at 22-22.
However the French had too much for the visitors in the final 10 minutes, scoring two converted tries and a penalty to put the game out of reach for England with the match finishing 39-22 at the final whistle.
“Keep your heads high, be really proud of yourselves and let’s learn from today," said head coach Darren Fearn after the game.
"It was a really tough game on unfamiliar ground. To be honest there is nothing that I would asked the boys to do differently, they performed well and gave it their best.”