December 12, 2018

6N: Jones says England failing to adapt to refs

12 March 2018, 05:36 | Dale Webster

"We are always going to go through this at some stage", England boss Jones said.

In the lead up to the match on Saturday, there was a lot of nay-sayers saying nay, that Scotland definitely had a chance to come out on top. How wonderful this would be for our own Rory Best, the Irish captain, and for everyone on this island.

Ireland will be wary of its visit to Twickenham, especially as it was the Irish who denied England the grand slam last season in identical circumstances. But when we're under pressure it comes back, therefore we get a gap between the ball-carrier and the second man. He said: "I'd be lying if I said otherwise".

"But there's something more that we want, and that's going to be our focus this week. The Six Nations is an unforgiving arena and they now face a rampant Ireland", Woodward wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"I told them that if we won it would open up new and positive things".

With Fall clutching his neck, Peyper went to the TMO and with replays bringing boos from the home crowd, the South African referee sent Watson to the sin-bin and raised his hand under the posts to award a penalty try.

No doubt, Ringrose will be central to Ireland's cause as they look to make history at England HQ on St Patrick's Day.

"We're about 2 or 3 per cent from where we needed to be today", he added.

This is bordering on the disingenuous - this squad have some fledgling players but they can not, with any credibility, be called a young side. "So you've got to take that in equal doses". "The game is changing a little bit, and we are probably slow to adapt to it".

"I think there were a couple of players who worked incredibly hard. When you put yourselves in position to win effectively everything in this Six Nations, it becomes massive".

"There are periods in the game where we are delivering and where we are stringing phases together and playing error-free rugby but I can't honestly say that we have done that enough in any one game, yet we have won all four".

England surrendered the crown they have held for the last two years with a second successive defeat, a fortnight after falling to Scotland.

"We are three or four years behind Ireland in terms of what they've done and achieved over the last few years", Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said. "The shoe is on the other foot from a year ago [when Ireland ended England's Grand Slam hopes with victory in Dublin on the final weekend] and I am sure they will be licking their lips".

The Irish, who won their third Six Nations title in five years, can not be caught by England when the two teams meet at Twickenham on Saturday, and Jones admitted the Red Rose needed a lot more work on the training pitch to handle the breakdown, having been repeatedly penalised in both losses.

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