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Friday 14 December 2018

Youngs finds fault with England exploits

England may have taken a giant step towards the Grand Slam with Saturday's 17-9 victory over France, but that did not stop Ben Youngs from blasting his team-mates.

The Leicester scrum-half was disappointed with his own game and demanded higher standards across the board.

Youngs said: "A win against the French is priceless, but some guys are disappointed with their performances.

"There were a lot of us frustrated at half-time. I gave the forwards a bit of a rollicking."

Toby Flood also criticised the side: "We know we have more to give, we should have closed the game out sooner."

England manager Martin Johnson refuses to contemplate a Grand Slam yet.

"No-one has mentioned those words in my presence. That's crazy," Johnson said.

Munster restored their nine-point advantage at the top of the table with a hard-fought 20-10 victory away to Aironi yesterday.

The province led 6-3 at the break before pulling clear in the third quarter with a Donnacha Ryan try and a penalty try.

Munster lost momentum as the game progressed, but of greater concern to team manager Shaun Payne was a knee injury which forced Denis Hurley off. "We won't know more until we get a scan done but it does look relatively serious," the South African said.

An early Jonny O'Connor try couldn't help Connacht as their winning streak came to a crushing 33-18 end at Ospreys.

Eric Elwood's men had recorded four successive victories going into this clash.

IRELAND'S ladies bounced back from their heartbreaking defeat to France with their sixth successive win (22-5) over Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday.

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