Right I’m over it. Drunk me took over on Saturday evening.
Re-watched the game. In parts England we’re good, in parts we were horrid. The midfield just doesn’t work with Farrell at 12. I thought OHC had a solid debut. I’m unsure of the back row still, think it may have been a bit too lightweight.
Scotland were solid and efficient with moments of brilliance.
I would agree with your assessment, England were not that bad especially at the beginning. A very short amount of time with new coaching staff is not going to produce a miracle. I would also say that Scotland were very very focused in this game and played extremely well. Most other Scotlands would have probably lost that game even though England were not especially good in parts.
I have thought for a long time that Farrell was not really a 12, it is a bit of an niche role where you actually need to know what you are doing to make the attack work. I think there is an Eddie hangover of trying to have 2 10s because, well just because.
There was a spell when Farell was out injured either last year or previously and englands backs were in a proper mess. I think some of you are being quite harsh on him, Saturday wasn't his best showing granted but he has a lot to offer. Smith I was 50/50 on, his kick pass for the try was excellent but to be honest, I think he plays second to an in from Farrell and you only need 1 FH on the field.
Scotlands defence and passing were outstanding, it wasn't flashy stuff at times but it was effective and they played with confidence and belief. The scrum was a mixed bag, I feel having Zander back will help. Have to back this up against Wales or it's all a bit of a flashhthe pan.