Chris Robshaw has demanded England eliminate the sort of suicidal start that once again left them swimming against the tide against France on Saturday.
It took just 31 seconds for Les Bleus to score their opening try in a 26-24 defeat in Paris that means Stuart Lancaster’s side must win all their remaining games to stay in RBS 6 Nations title contention.
Yoann Huget, aided by a kind bounce, touched down following a blunder at the kick-off and added a second after Tom Wood was stripped of the ball to help establish a 16-3 lead.
A similar scenario unfolded against New Zealand when Julian Savea breached the whitewash after just 105 seconds as the All Blacks powered into a 17-3 lead.
On both occasions England displayed character to put themselves in winning positions, only to slip to shattering late defeats that Robshaw views as unacceptable.
“We can’t give teams a big lead like that and this is something we must address,” the Harlequins openside said.
“You put so much energy into getting back in front that it shatters you and takes quite a lot to get back in front. We can’t give teams so many points, we need to be the team that imposes ourselves. There can’t be any more lessons - we are in a championship.”
England’s fightback was founded on tries from Mike Brown, who somehow outmuscled three blue shirts to wriggle over, and impressive debutant Luther Burrell.
Seemingly destined for a deserved victory, they were instead stunned by a brilliant 77th-minute try from elusive substitute Gael Fickou that was converted by Maxime Machenaud.
England were otherwise able to reflect on an encouraging 80 minutes that saw rookie Jack Nowell grow in stature after a shaky start and produced an improved attacking performance.
“The bounce of the ball went against us and it’s tough to take. Credit goes to the guys for getting back in it,” Robshaw said.