I wouldn’t want to be in the England camp this week. That clip of Martin Johnson’s reaction to yet another sin-binning – England’s tenth in four matches – was frightening, even from some distance.
A one-point loss to Ireland could have been very different if they had maintained a full complement of players for 80 minutes, and Johnson is bound to unleash hell on his charges over the next couple of weeks.
That said, indiscipline was only an element of the poor performance yesterday – the screaming lack of ingenuity with ball in hand, poor decision-making in key positions and the inability to recycle the ball with any urgency were equally as disappointing.
The best thing you can say about England is their defence and their tenacity to stifle the game, in the vain hope that they might steal a win. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make it a great experience for the England fan when they destroy the game by slowing the ball down time after time, and then lose anyway.
By the second half, I was wishing that the Scotland v Italy game was still on.
In writing this, I’ve changed my mind in frustration – I would actually want to be in the England camp this week and I’d want to give them a beasting myself.
Was your reaction to the game the same as mine? Was this progress from the game against Wales? Did any players catch