Eddie Jones said chastened England will never come to terms with their 11-6 defeat by Scotland which has put an early dent in their Guinness Six Nations title defence. The Scots claimed their first victory at Twickenham since 1983 after dominating the Auld Enemy on the 150th anniversary of the first meeting between the rivals, wing Duhan van der Merwe crossing for the only try.
“You never atone for a game like this. This stays with you for a long time,” England head coach Jones said. “But the most important thing is that we get together and we find a way to improve our performance and play like England do when we come up against Italy next week.”
“We just couldn’t find a way to get into the game. On a day like this the set-piece will always be important, the contest in the air will be important, the gainline will be important, and we couldn’t win any of those areas,” he added. “We just seemed to be off the pace and I have to blame myself, I didn’t prepare the team well enough.”
“The players play the game but sometimes you have those days and we had one today. Scotland played very well.” he continued. “They had a particular game plan which they stuck to and executed really well. They had enormous possession in the first half and a big penalty count and we’ve only got ourselves to blame for the discipline issues. It was just one of those days.”