Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00
For the third time in five seasons, England have opened with two from two before the break. On those previous occasions combined, they caved in on the restart, winning just one of the remaining six games. As it happens, that lone win was against France in Twickenham, where England have dominated the fixture to the tune of nine wins from the last 12 Tests.
Given the way they have coped without the forward trio of Courtney Lawes, Tom Croft and Lewis Moody, with their lineout returning an excellent 21 from 23 throws, confidence is stratospheric at the minute. They have filleted both Wales and Italy on the back of Chris Ashton's ability to spot a productive line and then time his run to perfection.
The thinking in Camp England is that their time is coming, and right on cue. Having suffered on a large scale in their first two seasons of the Johnson regime they believe the corner has been turned. But with a couple of minor adjustments (restore Jauzion and Clerc and defend hard and from outside in) France can soften that cough.
Sunday Indo Sport