Our performance wasn't rubbish. It wasn't brilliant but it wasn't rubbish. I'd suggest we were too casual and got caught out. France have improved as the tournament has gone on and but for some naive last play options, or maybe lack of skill/experience, they would have had about three more tries on the board. I think that is the best I have seen France play in the 10 years I've been a rugby league fan. Maybe, just maybe, some of our English players thought it would be a breeze, didn't put their rugby heads on and then floundered when they found themselves challenged?
Boils down to one's own definition of rubbish really. I reckon they switched off as soon they were comfortably in front, and allowed the French to look good, to me that was rubbish. It was probably a difficult match for the players to get up for. Next week will focus them properly. The French did have their best game of the tournament, I agree with that, and part of me wishes they were able to punish us for our lacklustre performance.