Initially, it's tempting to think frustrating, but frankly they could have been awarded that try by the TMO and equally ours could have been reviewed for the wee shove that Tommy gave the boy while the ball was in the air. Having said that a few additional bounces of the ball or a bit more solidity with it and we could have had a shot the first win this century.
Dell and Fagerson are getting there, but until referees pick up on the whole big step to the left and wheel tactic, the scrum is going to be messy. I didn't understand why Ford wasn't on 15 minutes earlier given he stabilised the scrum and played like a demon against Ireland.Weir I'm pretty sure was brought on in case the opportunity of a drop goal presented itself (we were only 3 down at the time). The injuries messed up our last quarter, if we'd had Hardie, Reid, Ford, Berghan and Swinson all fresh with 15 minutes left it might have been a different result.
One of the clever things France did was they tried to take our tackle machines out of the game - they were running their forwards at our centres, so although Jonny and Hamish both still had big numbers, there was more for Dunbar and Jones, and in the tackles that the forwards did make the impacts were more across the field than knocking the French back. So we lost one of our impacts from last week of knocking the players back over the gain line.
Bring on the taffs. The team I want to beat more than anyone else most years. I AlainRolland hate the Welsh.
Don't mention Rory Hutton. I did once but I think I got away with it.