The biggest problem in that match is that England knew our intentions. Against Sotland and Ireland we passed the ball a lot in our 22-metre area, so the English team anticipated our actions. This is exactly what happened on the first try they scored.
As far as the second is concerned we also played a lot in our 22-metre area. England dominated us in terms of tactics, more than in any other area. Sheridan also created a lot of problems for us in the scrum.
But the French team showed a lot of determination and enthusiasm to do well with youngsters such as Picamoles and Parra who were very good. It was also the first time that these players were playing a team of the calibre of England, capable of winning the World Cup.
We struggled in the impact and the one-on-one situations. Without being exceptional, the English team played right and won.
I have not been disappointed by any player in particular. We had a brilliant attacking trio but we maybe did too many side crosses. It may have also been a good thing to insist more in midfield but this is the coaching staff’s role to analyse all that and find solutions.
I really found that the players rolled up their sleeves for the national team and showed a huge commitment. But in modern rugby, the video allowed England to watch our game and know exactly what we had done in our previous matches. With their simple game and a good scrum, they dominated us.
This is a shame of course because France had won two beautiful victories against Scotland and Ireland, but the French team is full of talents. We are now about to face Italy who conceded more than 45 points to Wales.
We must bounce back. We have an opportunity to display a quality performance again at the Stade de France, sort out all our game problems and review our tactics. France can still win the RBS 6 Nations, and that’s the most important thing.