England score stunning last minute try to secure victory over France for second week running

Emily Scarratt scored her 500th point for England (PA Images)
17:06pm, Sat 16 Nov 2019
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England's Lydia Thompson scored a stunning last minute try to secure The Red Roses' second victory over France in as many weeks.

World Player of the Year Emily Scarratt also scored her 500th point for England, kicking three penalties and a conversion to give her side a 17-15 win.

It was the second triumph in seven days for Simon Middleton's England, who beat the French 20-10 last Saturday.

The French came firing out of the blocks with a solo try by their scrum half Laure Sansus.

England tried to hit back but had no luck as Scarratt narrowly missed out after she lost control of the ball before she could get to the line.

At half-time England were losing 8-6 but the women fought their way back into the match down at Sandy Park.

The Red Roses were leading 12-8 with 18 minutes left on the clock thanks to Scarratt's boot, but France scored a try in the 63rd minute to take the lead.

Scarratt loses control of the ball to miss out on a try (PA Images)

This meant the Red Roses needed to score in order to keep their unbeaten autumn international record.

The desperation became more intense when England's Zoe Aldcroft was yellow carded seven minutes from time for a neck roll at the breakdown.

With the women in white down to 14 players for the rest of the match, France suffered the same fate just two minutes later after repeated offside infringements saw Romane Menager head to the sin bin.

The French then made an error with a loose kick in the 78th minute to ignite the hosts belief that they could secure to a breathtaking victory.

And England's quick ball from player to player eventually found its way into Thompson's hands who sprinted for the line to touch down the winner.

The conversion was missed, but England played out the final few phases to claim a win that many had written off just minutes earlier.

They are now on track to take a clean sweep in the autumn internationals.

Next weekend England head to Bedford to face Italy. The last time the two teams met was in Exeter where the Roses won 55-0. 

The match will be available to watch on Sky Sports.