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Lionel Beauxis' failure to find touch nearly cost France the victory against England

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On Saturday night, France earned the victory over England in the NatWest Six Nations Championship.

The final result was 22-16, and it was dramatic until the very end of the match.

One moment of notice was Lionel Beauxis' failed attempt to find touch in the added time, giving England a last chance to escape with the victory.

Beauxis came on as a sub for Francois Trinh-Duc late in the match, with the French three points ahead. He made an impact instantly, scoring a penalty from right in front of the posts with two minutes left.

In the additional time, England replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie's line-out ended up straight into Beauxis' hands, leaving him with a golden opportunity for a game-winning kick to touch.

Beauxis has a name of a pretty inconsistent player, and the fly-half didn't prove it wrong this time.

He anxiously kicked a shocker that failed to find touch and gave England hope of coming back with the win.

After he failed to find touch, England got the chance to score and earn the victory. They needed to convert a try for it, but failed as they knocked on close to the line.

As the final whistle blew, a sigh of relief was let out by the guilty Beauxis.

Former French rugby union player Jean-Baptiste Élissalde gave his support for Lionel Beauxis in an interview after the game

"What is hard with Lionel is that we always remember what he did not do well, like his penalty missed at Bordeaux-Toulouse (in 2015), but we don`t remember matches that he tilted with his foot or with his hands

"Yesterday (Saturday), he wanted to tap into touch, he did the wrong technical action under pressure. Of course we could have avoided it, but I do not think there is any connection between that and Lionel's supposed feverishness in crucial moments," Elissalde concluded.

Ireland's earlier win over Scotland, combined with England's loss, saw them secure their third Six Nations championship in five years. England had a shot at their third consecutive championship, but France denied them the opportunity.

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