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Lancaster Focusing on the Positives 38 views 0 Comments 0 Images
07 February 2014 by Englandfan See all
 
England may have fallen at the first hurdle in their quest to win a first Grand Slam since 2003 but Stuart Lancaster is keen to look on the bright side of his team’s narrow 26-24 defeat in Paris.

France snatched the dramatic victory with a late try from Gael Fickou, having earlier let a 16-3 lead slip to Lancaster’s men. Despite the result, Lancaster was keen to play up the spirit and the heart shown by his team to come back in the second half.

“It was a great performance in many ways,” Lancaster said, according to the bet365 website. “We are very proud. Once we get over the initial disappointment, we will take a lot of positives from this game.”

As well as looking back on the game with pride, Lancaster will also have regrets that his side weren’t more clinical when they took the lead. Having given everything to get back into the game the England team seemed to tire and a number of unforced errors followed, but, as Lancaster pointed out, they are still very inexperienced at the highest level and the fitness and determination needed to hold out in tight games will come with time.

“There were five of our pack making their first start here in France,” the coach said. “It’s the youngest pack in the championship and I thought they did extremely well. We made numerous line breaks. It wasn’t just Billy Vunipola. I thought Joe Marler had a fantastic game. Ben Morgan was great when he came on, Tom Youngs too.”

With four games to go in this year’s Championship, Lancaster is right to reinforce the positives from the France defeat but bet365 punters will certainly be hoping for a more favourable result when his team travel to Murrayfield to face Scotland next weekend.

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