England sealed their 15th straight win as they defeat France in the Six Nations tournament.
They continue their title defence even though their win was deemed ugly by the coach Eddie Jones.
“We weren’t our usual urgent selves and maybe I’ve got to look at the preparation I gave the team. The performance was ugly, but the result is beautiful,” Eddie Jones said.
The English side would face Wales in their next match in Cardiff on Saturday. Jones has said that the team and himself would work at improving.
“I felt some players were still in their club mentality so that’s something we need to work on – I don’t think I prepared the team as well as I could have done,” Jones added.
George Kruis and Anthony Watson are likely to miss the Cardiff clash as they have not fully regained the required fitness levels. Jones would likely tweak the starting line-up going by the display of the replacement in the game against the French.
Ben Te’o, who came on to cross for the match-winning try in the 70th minute, might be getting a starting shirt. Forwards Jamie George and Matt Mullan, flanker James Haskell and scrum-half Danny Care were impressive which might see Eddie change things up against Wales. He hinted at this when he said after the game: “The finishers made a fantastic impact on the game, we got really good value from them and that is the strength of our team, we have a brilliant 23-man squad,” Jones said.
The skipper Dylan Hartley also praised the forwards for their effort.
Going forward, England would have to improve as France rugby team was better in some aspect even though they could not end the unbeaten run of their opponents in 80 minutes.