England failing to adapt: Jones

England failing to adapt: Jones

England lost consecutive matches under Jones for the first time after defeats by Scotland and France, with Saturday's 22-16 loss in Paris leading to Ireland being crowned as the new Six Nations champions.

His response to a second successive defeat of this Six Nations was to take the learning-lessons line.

It was hardly surprising that at times during Ireland's 28-8 win over Scotland in Dublin, the centre pairing of Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose failed to get their moves right.

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.

Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches, with Blair Kinghorn's try keeping them just about in the hunt, but a lack of accuracy at crucial moments proved costly.

Having starred in attack during France's 34-17 win over Italy two weeks ago, he made the difference at the breakdown on Saturday, capping a superb display by forcing an England knock-on under the French posts in added-on time at the Stade de France as the visitors pushed for what could have been a match-winning converted try in a game Les Bleus won 22-16 instead.

"I have a sense it was a bit of a one-score game".

Back came Ireland right on halftime.

"Only Rob and Rory are left that have done a Slam and we can start talking about it now, because that's what's in front of us if things go well", said Conor Murray at Carton House this afternoon.

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But let us dig deeper, because these two points are interlinked, and not until you identify this do you see why it is even more important that the players also understand.

"Eddie Jones's honeymoon is over, he is about to experience the other side of being the England coach", wrote Woodward in his column for Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Can anyone identify the last club game in which either played so effectively that, without knowing who they were, you thought "that guy should be playing for England"?

"I think there were a couple of players who worked incredibly hard". But when we're under pressure it comes back, therefore we get a gap between the ball-carrier and the second man. "We play Ireland next year in the Six Nations and we will play them in 18 months at the World Cup and we need to make sure we are a better team when we play them".

"Yet again, it was the same problem: players going to ground too easily, getting isolated and holding on".

"If the game loves us today then we might win the game, but we don't get bounce of the ball, we don't get that 50/50 decision and we are in the losers' chair and it is not a very happy place".

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge, they haven't lost there under Eddie Jones", said Best.

"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.

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