Farrell: ‘We need to be more clinical’

Owen Farrell says England need to be more clinical following their 16-22 loss to France at the Stade de France.

Farrell was captaining the side for the first time following an injury to Dylan Hartley, and congratulated France on their performance.

“Credit to France, they defended really well and scrambled really well,” said Farrell. “We’ll have to look at how we can be more clinical.

“We had a couple of chances. The boys fought hard to get us into that position, but unfortunately we couldn't finish it at the end. We'll have to look back at it and make sure we learn."

Going into the game, England required a bonus-point to keep them in with a chance of winning the competition on the final weekend, but Farrell said they weren't able to build enough pressure.

"You have to build a score to be able to break a team down and run in four tries. It comes from pressure but unfortunately we weren't able to build that consistently."

Farrell's comments were echoed by Elliot Daly who made the assist for Jonny May's try. 

"We're gutted with the peformance and the result, but I think we showed a lot of character in the last 10 minutes. 

"We probably gave away too many penalties in their 22. We did well in parts today, I think our scramble defence was really good but it is about taking it to that next step."

England host Ireland next weekend at Twickenham in their final match of the NatWest 6 Nations with the latter in search for their first Grand Slam since 2009.