LET'S deal with the bottom line first. We beat Wales and the Triple Crown is still very much on. However, our performancewas far from perfect. The mood in the changing room afterwards was very quiet. We were frustrated we did not do better.
But we were also positive. Had I had my kicking boots on you could add 12 points to our score and it would have been a convincing victory. As it was we were never in danger of losing.
Four successes from nine kicks at goal is below what I expect from myself. Some of them were very kickable but I didn't strike the ball cleanly. You have got to get the right mental state and I wasn't quite there. Maybe it was because we were never fighting for our lives. We were always in a position to win, even when five points down early on. Despite missing three kicks I knew we were capable of scoring tries.
After the game Jack Rowell told us to keep our chins up. Sure there were failings in our performance but we are still in …