Eddie Jones: 'Disjointed England must improve all over'
Feb 05 2017 by Dustin Murphy
England, on a 14-match unbeaten run - 13 of those wins since Australian coach Jones was installed after their lacklustre first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup - will be firm favourites. The organisers hope the reward will encourage more attacking play and yield more tries, but will the innovation really change teams' approach to matches?
The English defence was narrow, its set-pieces were stressed, and it was sluggish and sloppy until replacements in the last 15 minutes made a difference. "We have finishers to add something to the game, and I think everyone that came on the field today added something to the performance".
The New Zealand-born centre flew off the bench in the second half to race over for his first try in his fourth appearance for his adopted country. I fully expect France to put up a good fight and cause England plenty of problems which makes England winning margin 1-5 a good bet at 6/1.
"It's a game of rugby and human beings are involved, and it took us a long time to respond".
They still boast good depth‚ but given further injuries and possible suspensions under the stringent adaptation of the high tackle law‚ it would be an exceptional effort to go undefeated.
Impact player: Former NRL star Ben Te'o celebrates his try that gave England the momentum to win their opening Six Nations match.
But it was front row Slimani who gave away a scrum penalty that set up an England line-out inside France's 22.
Indeed, Jack Nowell, who probably would have started had he not missed two days of training earlier in the week for personal reasons, surely did enough to suggest he will be on the wing next week.
Minutes later, England came even closer to a try but Nakaitaci forced Daly into touch. "He's a leader for England, so I know that he will be there in the scrummaging and the rucks". But contain them they did.
"We were very bad but we were always going to win the game and that is what I like about these boys".
M Brown; J May, J Joseph, O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford, B Youngs; J Marler, D Hartley, D Cole, J Launchbury, C Lawes, M Itoje, T Wood, N Hughes.
"A top-two finish would be great", he said. They defeated the All Blacks for the first time, had a win over Australia, and will feel they let a series victory over South Africa slip through their fingers last summer. France will be led in London by captain and hooker Guilhem Guirado, the French rugby federation (FFR) announced. Jones' side have become a winning machine and it is unlikely their 100 per cent record under him will be halted this weekend.
Slow starters - The key message from Eddie Jones this week was the importance of a good start, getting off the mark quickly and making an impression as they begin their Grand Slam defence. To only play in the lesser matches, that doesn't seem smart to me.