On saturday, I went to see England vs. France at Twickenham. The game could have gone either way, there were flashes of inspiration from both sides - but England just couldn't finish the plays. At one point we were inches from a try and the French pulled it back to recover. Chabal's try near the end was phenomenal, powering through the tacklers.
Johnny Wilkinson came on with a few minutes to spare, to no avail. It was 21-15 to France. Danny Cipriani didn't get a run out, in either this game or against Wales - which probably means that he's out of Ashton's thinking for now - still, there's plenty of time left for him to be considered in 2011.
On the day, everyone I overheard seemed to think that the ref had a shocker, disallowing a try by Paul Sackey for example. However, watching the highlights on TV has changed my opinion. Yes, it was a knock on. Well done, referee.
The game could have gone either way, England had a few breaks which were not capitalised upon - but in the end, I do think that France deserved the win here. In the larger picture, I'm quite pleased with the result - it's not a morale-zapping hammering, instead it's a gentle reminder prior to the world cup that there is work to be done.