Six Nations: Ireland secure bonus-point win over Scotland

Alicia Farmer
March 12, 2018

The post-match statistics from the Stade de France revealed 11 turnovers and 16 penalties conceded, and Jones believes it could take another 18 months before his players learn to adjust to the difference in emphasis between worldwide rugby and the Aviva Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck.

"On Saturday, though, by lowering their ambition and aiming just for the simple win by any score, they nearly seemed to seal their fate".

"There was suspense right until the final minute, but this time the coin fell onto the right side", Brunel said. "It's going to take us some time, it's not going to come quickly".

After a frustrating start to the Six Nations, France claimed a rare victory over England that boosted the morale of Jacques Brunel's men who now believe they are a force to be reckoned with again.

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

"Our defence was remarkable and there was a lot of energy and will". The lineout was a bit wobbly and the scrum as well. There's a lot of lads in the group that have played in massive, massive games and know how to go about a big matchweek. "We controlled the ball and that upset them because they're not used to it".

Paris - England hooker Jamie George said his team will be motivated to fix their own problems rather than stop Ireland winning the Grand Slam next weekend.

"We've a lot of big leaders", Best said.

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"It was a match of very high intensity but that's what sport's all about".

It's a massive occasion, but it's one this group is going to enjoy and relish.

In a scrappy game which lacked any real fluency, England struggled to get over the gain line.

These are all very valid points and it remains to be seen whether Jones is able to address them in time for the visit of Ireland to Twickenham on St Patrick's Day. The players have worked hard to get a medal for Josh, the players have worked hard to get a medal for Robbie (Henshaw) and for Chris (Farrell).

"We're being exposed in certain areas at the moment". But when we're under pressure it comes back, therefore we get a gap between the ball-carrier and the second man.

James Haskell, who made his first England appearance since last March against France, also acknowledged the difference between Premiership and worldwide matches.

"We're on the losing chair but you shouldn't get carried away or be too melodramatic about the way we are. Any team that is developing as we are, you go through these tough periods, when the game doesn't love you", he said. Jones did not attribute any blame to the Premiership sides but the contrast is vast between England, whose interests often collide with that of the clubs, and Ireland, where the relationship is far more symbiotic. "The breakdown has definitely become more contestable".

"We are not adapting to the referee's interpretation at the ruck as well as we should".

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