Eddie Jones says his side need to come back stronger against Ireland next week after England lost out 22-16 to France in Paris.
Heading into the game at the Stade de France England knew they had to register a bonus-point win to retain hopes of the Championship title following Ireland’s win in Dublin.
But it was to be France who would run out winners as Maxime Machenaud’s three first-half penalties cancelled out two from Owen Farrell and one from Elliot Daly.
In the second period a penalty try aided the French cause, meaning Jonny May’s late score wasn’t to be enough, leaving Jones disappointed.
“It’s a learning curve for us,” said the England head coach. “We’re trying to and learning from these games and it’s an important period for us.
“Whilst we are all disappointed, we are all gutted, we’ve got to make sure we learn from it and make sure we’re stronger next time we play.
“We’re about two or three per cent from where we need to be, we were beaten at the breakdown and gave away 16 penalties which is far too many.
“When we got momentum we didn’t convert it into points.
“It seems like a long way away but it’s not, we go through these periods as a team, we’re going through a difficult period but we’ll get through it.”
England looked fired up in the opening to the game and led for much of the first half, with Farrell and Daly’s penalties constantly nudging the away side ahead on the scoreboard.
But it was to be France who got the first score of the second period as Benjamin Fall was stopped by a high tackle from Anthony Watson, meaning a penalty try was awarded.
England skipper Farrell kicked eight points on the day, but was left to rue his side’s penalty count.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t finish it in the end,” said Farrell. “We’ll have to look back at it and make sure we learn from it.
“It’s been a tough game but fair credit to France they defended and scrambled really well.
“You have to build a score to be able to break a team and it comes from pressure – unfortunately we weren’t able to do that.
“Obviously our discipline can be better, some of that is through ill-discipline and some of it is accuracy, so we have to make sure we get that.”