England boss Eddie Jones: This is why we lost to Ireland again

Eddie Jones believes his England side’s poor discipline in the first half was the reason behind their Six Nations 24-15 defeat to Ireland.

“I thought our players really stuck at it but we gave them too big a lead,” Jones said afterwards.

“It’s obviously disappointing but you go through these little runs and the only way you get out of it is by sticking to the process and focusing on what you need to improve.

“We’ve just got to keep working at our game, keep looking at how we can improve it. As I said, this is quite natural for a team to go through. It’s not good, but it’s natural. We gave them too many penalties at the beginning of the game which allowed them to gain such a big lead.

“We just had to make ever moment count, we tried to make it the perfect 80 minutes as we knew the reward would be worth it.

“We had a couple of moves that we hoped would come off. You have to give massive credit to the 30-odd people we have.

“It was all about this game and all about the Grand Slam. The statement was to win something big, this showed what we are made of.”


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