6N: Jones says England failing to adapt to refs

Ireland will be looking to avoid another ‘Busgate’ against Scotland on Saturday

Ireland will be looking to avoid another ‘Busgate’ against Scotland on Saturday

Les Bleus, who had lost nine of their past 11 meetings against England in the Championship, prevailed through penalties by Maxime Machenaud (4) and Lionel Beauxis and a penalty try, while their opponents scored two penalties and a conversion by Owen Farrell, a penalty by Elliot Daly and a try by Jonny May.

The 45-year-old said: "That's why I believe this defeat was worse than the one sustained at Murrayfield".

Saturday's reverse in Paris came immediately after England's 25-13 defeat by Scotland and meant they had lost back-to-back matches under Jones for the first time since he took charge after the team's first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup. Any team that is developing, as we are, you go through these tough periods where the game does not love you.

France could now finish as high as second in the Six Nations table if they topple Wales on Saturday and head coach Jacques Brunel was delighted after stitching together successive wins against Italy and England. There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well. It's pragmatism against the dreamers, Ireland's attritional game of brute force against Scotland's up tempo self-proclaimed "fastest game on the planet".

This is bordering on the disingenuous - this squad have some fledgling players but they can not, with any credibility, be called a young side. Scotland were very good on that day. It's very hard to completely isolate yourself because some of that pressure is coming internally - it's not just the external talk that's out there. "That's what it's going to take to win everything next week". "When you think of an Irish team doing that in South Africa, they've developed great depth".

"That's going to be our motivation, and making sure we put on the right performance and learn from the things that we've learnt the last couple of weeks and fix the problems that we have".

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. But on the back of that, we created the score with a little set play which worked out really well. "We haven't been quick enough to adjust to that", Haskell said.

"That was a very special moment for the team look", said Sexton.

Scotland are actually happy that the ref is Wayne Barnes, who they think will want a contest at the breakdown.

"It is a very odd feeling to win the championship with a game to go", said Sexton.

And while working at a school and coaching a team may seem words apart, Schmidt draws comparisons between the two professions and is now on the cusp of delivering a stunning Grand Slam success.

They're like the Springboks for much of the last 20 years (although not so much recently); you know what's coming, straight at you, it's just a question of whether you can stop them or not.

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