Ben Young fought back the tears as England failed in their quest to win the Six Nations title.
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England were left ruing missed chances against Scotland as they battled against France at Twickenham looking for the 26-point lead that would see their points difference overtake Ireland.
Youngs was outstanding against the French, scoring two tries in a comprehensive 20 point win for England, but it was not enough to see them bring the title home.
“All the lads are devastated. We felt for most of the game we had a chance but just could not make that gap bigger when we needed. We just could not get the job done,” said Youngs reports the Daily Mail.
“Each time we got a try they seem to get one back and that was the biggest disappointment. But we were determined not to leave anything out there or waste any chances. It’s not very often you score seven tries, beat France and walk off feeling pretty sick.
“But at least we have the consolation of winning a big game at Twickenham and showing people that we can finish off moves and score plenty of tries when we play this way.”
England boss Stuart Lancaster said that it was a major disappointment for the team to miss out on the title by such a small margin but that he couldn’t ask more of his team.
Wales annihilated Italy in Rome earlier in the day 61-20 to set up a stellar end of the tournament.
The result required Ireland to secure a huge victory over Scotland and they did just that with a 40-10 win that saw them pass the Welsh and English totals.
In the end, England missed out on the title by just seven points difference or a converted try.