Eddie Jones and Owen Farrell give one of the most depressing post match press conferences ever
We don’t really have much more to say on this, but wow this is quite depressing to watch. Eddie Jones and Farrell lost for words here.
England lost to France today in a win that surprised some but a few did expect this result. France ran away with the game in the first half.
onny May’s solo masterclass saved England from humiliation in Paris as one of the worst performances of the Eddie Jones era ended in a 24-17 defeat that puts a large dent in their Guinness Six Nations title ambitions.
Jones had promised France “brutal physicality” but instead it was his rattled World Cup runners-up who fell victim to a ferocious onslaught as words that had caused controversy on this side of The Channel came back to haunt him.
Les Bleus stormed 24-0 ahead when captain Charles Ollivon ran in the second of his two tries in the 55th minute and that was the cue for May to conjure a pair of devastating solo tries.
The press conference directly after the game is depressing to say the least…
May’s brilliance provided temporary inspiration but England lacked the firepower to make further inroads into the deficit in an improved final quarter they controlled and that finished with Owen Farrell landing a penalty to claim the bonus point.
A rain-swept Stade de France noisily greeted the new era launched by their head coach Fabien Galthie and the influence of his assistant Shaun Edwards was stamped all over the defensive heroics.
England, meanwhile, will lick their wounds as they come to terms with the possibility their World Cup final rout by South Africa last autumn may have left deeper scars than initially expected.
England play Scotland next in Murrayfield in a game which they will probably go into as underdogs now.
England need Tuilagi and the Vunipolas back for sure.