Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Six Nations 2018: England's Jonny May makes big admission after France defeat

Six Nations 2018: England's Jonny May makes big admission after France defeat

Woodward followed Jones and former captain Lawrence Dallaglio in criticising England's inability to maintain their discipline as they conceded 16 penalties to France, especially after making similar mistakes against Scotland.

England won the subsequent two - the Irish denying them successive Grand Slams by beating them in Dublin a year ago. "Many of these stemmed from the breakdown", Dallaglio wrote in his column for The Times.

"Declan Kidney said I was just as much a part of it as everyone else back in 2009 when I was in the bibs".

We looked more comfortable in the wider channels than we did against Wales, and our defence from turnover was much better than it had been against the Italians. "Any team that is developing, as we are, gets through these tough periods when the game does not love you", England coach Eddie Jones said.

"And that is an excuse, because we fought our way back into that game, and took the lead with 15 minutes to go".

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It was the third defeat of Jones' 27 Tests in charge and the Australian called for a sense of perspective while England address their slump.

Until then, we've got a full week to slowly untangle our nerves in celebration for this weekend's victory. Their game is built on set-piece, kicking game and defence, and we have real strength in these areas.

Ireland, against tradition, are the bludgeoning Goliath against Scotland's adventurous David in today's opener of the fourth round of games in the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations. Just last month they had gone eight matches without a win.

We can credit our maul for two of our tries as Scotland had to put so many forwards into the defensive maul to stop Ireland's pack that Conor Murray was left with only Finn Russell to beat to score and he is a master of scoring from close range. "On both occasions, we were there".

The Grand Slam is on for Ireland on St. Patrick's Day.

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Sexton, who converted all four of Ireland's tries, said it was a huge achievement given serious injuries ruled out several key players during the campaign suc as flanker Josh van der Flier and centres Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell. It is Ireland's third championship in five years.

Ireland have previously denied England a grand slam and Woodward has urged the hosts to return the favour in Saturday's highly-anticipated fixture at Twickenham.

The win against 2017 champions England was all the more pleasing because France were still without the players who were axed from the squad for going on a night out following the 32-26 defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield on February 11.

"But we know that the biggest challenge is ahead, still. They haven't lost at Twickenham under Eddie Jones". It was a 20-point result in a one-score game because Scotland probably butchered a couple of really good chances. "At times when we were under pressure and they were trying to play chaotic rugby, we were able to get a breath back and get control through the spine of our team".

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