sums it up for me
I'm glad Johnny May wasn't playing - he would have taken some stick for the loss.
(to a certain extent I am glad Jack Nowell didn't come on and score the winning try)
For me, lack of (proper) back row was the difference. Few turnovers.
With an athlete like courtney lawes why not compete at the line out?
We beat the traditionally poor teams - Scotland and Italy and scabbed 2 out of 3 against the better teams after being behind.
6 Nations winners - fair enough, double grand slam - NO!
Credit to Ireland for today and also their win over the AB gave this 6N credibility - something to measure against - Scotland and Wales passed - England did not
- Turns out for the A team
I expect to be shot down for this but I was very disappointed in the rugby played by all 6 NH teams today.
- Still Realistic
- Hall of Famer
Very happen that Englnd can win this many games with plenty of room for improvement! Would take it at Glaws any day!!!!
Ireland certainly deserved the win and credit to them for there performance today.
- Hero in the making
To get there though we need to move on from Brown (oddly I actually thought he had his best game of the tournament) who just isn't the type of full back that suits our wings or will help us kick in. Hartley has shown this tournament that he can't be sure of his place and when England needed a strong leader he went missing. Itoje needs to move back to being a world class 2nd row rather than a very good 6.
However the future is bright.
- Mr GTS
- First team regular
Mr GTS wrote: Itoje needs to move back to being a world class 2nd row rather than a very good 6.
This was recognised part way through, did you notice Lawes at 6 at scrum time for a lot of the game?
Breakdown was where Ireland won this, as well as our own unforced errors.
- Senior squad member
- Sue D'Nimes
- Academy prospect