England boss Johnson refuses to get carried away by France win.



Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson

England Rugby Union manager Martin Johnson has come out and refused to get carried away with suggestions England will now in the Grand Slam, after beating France in the RBS Six Nations at Twickenham.

England beat France 17-9, and could have won by more if a Chris Ashton try hadn’t been disallowed for a borderline forward pass.

Despite the win, Johnson has warned his players not to assume the job is done, and pointed out there are plenty of areas his team can improve in.

England still have to face Scotland at home, before facing a difficult trip to Ireland for the game that could wrap up the Six Nations title and the Grand Slam.

“What’s the point? If you want to do something you talk about it at the end. If you do you set yourself up for a fall,” Johnson said.

Despite scoring eight tries against Italy, England could only manage one against France, and saw playmaker Toby Flood limp off after 50 minutes.

Johnson added: “What happened two weeks ago is the exception, not the rule. These games are ferocious. Teams are here to win and we won.

“In the first-half we made a lot of mistakes and were a bit indecisive and not accurate.

“But we sorted it out. Everybody was pretty calm at half-time – the guys recognised it and we played a lot better.

“We scored one try and two others were not given. Having said that, they had one and had they scored it would have changed the game a bit.

“It was a good win. We really had to fight and graft. I quite enjoy that type of game – it’s not always pretty, but that’s Test match rugby.

“Last year we lost to Ireland in a similar sort of game and it rips your guts out.”

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