I don't want to get too excited just yet, and now this game is over it is how you build on it. France were risky against Wales and showed they can play, but if England can go to these levels against them next weekend they will feel extremely confident of their chances in the tournament.
CHAMPIONS Ireland saw their Grand Slam hopes disappear at the first hurdle after losing their Six Nations opener against England in Dublin.
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"If you take away the 14 points they gifted Wales, they would have won that game so we're not going to get too far ahead of ourselves".
"We'll start worrying about where we're standing in the World Cup when we're 10 days out from the first game against Tonga". "Obviously when he made his announcement, everyone was aware that he was going to be finishing up after the World Cup, but we may speak about it nearer then or near the end of the Six Nations".
"That's why England are literally such a big team, the intensity that they brought to that game, it was more a simmering physical intensity". England has beaten South Africa, Australia, and Ireland, lost to New Zealand by one point, and conceded just over one try per game.
The Japanese coaching duo know that to reach the World Cup's last eight, their charges will probably need to beat Ireland or Scotland to finish in the top-two of their five-team pool. It was a suffocating place to be on that pitch tonight. "England were really good, especially in the air, they cleaned up in the air and we struggled to get in the contest". It's a challenge to all our confidence'.
"What I'm pleased for is our players, and our players deserve all the credit".
'We probably didn't have the same physical edge that they did.
That wasn't in the script, but a stunned Ireland weathered the storm after England's purposeful start before Johnny Sexton sent over a routine penalty to make it 7-3.