'No more time for England lessons'
February 2, 2014
England will have to pick themselves up after a morale-sapping loss to France © Getty Images
England skipper Chris Robshaw has admitted there is "can't be any more lessons" and his team must start Tests better if they are to defeat the big teams.
England slumped to a 26-24 defeat to France on Saturday and started the game dreadfully. Yoann Huget scored after just 31 seconds but despite their poor start England rallied and took a five-point lead midway through the second-half.
But France had other ideas and Gael Fickou's dramatic last-gasp try stole the match for the home side. England now travel to Scotland next weekend and Robshaw wants his team to start better.
"We can't give teams a big lead like that and this is something we must address," Robshaw said. "You put so much energy into getting yourself back in front that it knackers you out a bit. It takes quite a lot to get back in front.
"We can't give teams so many points, we need to be the team that imposes ourselves. There can't be any more lessons - we are in a championship."
England are still targeting just their second title since 2003 but Robshaw knows his team will have to do what Wales did last year and win their remaining four matches if they are to have any hope of lifting the championship.
"We have got to draw inspiration now from what Wales did last year," he added. "Of course we are in a very tough situation. We know the challenge and the uphill battle we face. It can be done.
"The dream of winning every game is not there anymore but we showed great potential against France. It's not about learning now, it's about kicking on. We came with one mission and unfortunately we didn't get it."
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