Paul O'Connell On The Main Difference Between Ireland & England
Paul O'Connell On The Main Difference Between Ireland & England
Sexton's highly dramatic drop goal three minutes into dead time secured victory in Paris in week one
12 March, 2018, 17:27
This was also the first Six Nations since 2010 where England have lost two games.
"I have a sense it was a bit of a one-score game". Then - boom! - Murrayfield happened.
That decision bore no fruit and Scotland punished their hosts with their first real foray into the Irish half after 12 minutes, when Greig Laidlaw knocked over from the tee for the first points of the match.
World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said Eddie Jones's "honeymoon" was over after a 22-16 defeat by France in Paris on Saturday ended England's bid for a third successive Six Nations title under the Australian.
England head coach Eddie Jones is on the verge of facing his most hard period at the helm as his team take on a dominant Ireland side following two successive Six Nations defeats, former player and coach Clive Woodward said.
Jones cut an unusually restrained figure in the Stade de France post-match discourse, as a jarringly inapt, chilled-out remix of Bob Marley's "Sun is Shining" played in the background.
Jones repeatedly discussed England's struggles in the breakdown, and rightly so. You have already identified which players will take the ball in and which will support the carrier. "We're working hard to change that habit".
'We'll need our A-game from the start because there's going to be an extraordinary resolve among that English contingent after those away losses.
France's ecstatic reaction at the final whistle told how much they valued the victory.
Ireland rattled four tries past Scotland to confirm a bonus-point success
Firstly, England would need a bonus point win over Ireland.
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 global rugby and the Aviva Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck. Elliot Daly collected the ball out wide and found May inside for the try, which was converted by Owen Farrell.
It was the Tricolors' first win over England in four years in the championship, and a welcome respite. "We'll have a look at England now and try to strike out again next week".
"I know a lot of the [English players] from Lions trips and they are very proud people".
And therein lies the rub.
England have gone from champs to chumps in the space of a fortnight after suffering Six Nations defeats to Scotland and France.
"Everyone knows the size of the challenge, they haven't lost there under Eddie Jones", said Best. But is the domestic league on the wrong track? Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Ellis Genge and others will make a difference when they return.
Three years in Dublin - and two Heineken Cups later - saw the 52-year-old take the reins from Declan Kidney as Ireland's head coach.
Machenaud slotted it home and levelled with a 45-metre kick after England were penalised for offside shortly before halftime. Do you fix the root problem or drop Ford? Skipper Guilhem Guirado said he was "proud" of the team's spirit.
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