Eddie Jones: Breakdown deficiencies will take time to fix

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

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.

"So that's the same thing as us losing a game here or there, a couple of things not going right, but we still believe we're good enough and we would be".

Allied to that has been France's further dip in popularity after a controversial late-night, alcohol-fuelled drinking session following defeat in Scotland that saw eight players sanctioned by Brunel.

"There was suspense right until the final minute, but this time the coin fell onto the right side", Brunel said.

"If there's a bit of advice here and there that older lads can give, I'm sure we will".

"We can't expect club teams to play global rugby, just as we can't expect to play club rugby".

Jones, who guided England to the Grand Slam in 2016 and then was denied another one a year later when the Irish upset them in Dublin, said the principal hurdle to overcome was the dent to the players' confidence. We need to step up and finish those opportunities.

"Our defence was remarkable". But there's a lot of lads in the group that have played in massive, massive games and know how to go about a big match week. We played well in the last few games. After a break from their superb captain Guilhem Guirado, Peyper had his hand raised for a penalty advantage as England infringed at the breakdown. A nice flick-on by center Garry Ringrose, playing only his second match this year, freed fullback Rob Kearney.

"I always thought we would go through a hard period", Jones said.

Caroline Drouin edged France ahead with the hosts' second try just before half-time, again with the conversion going wide, before Amy Cokayne's try - converted by Katy Daley-McLean - put England back in front.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed".

"If you don't have power, it's very hard to get momentum".

"At the breakdown, we had trouble".

"We're being exposed in certain areas at the moment". There's no lack of effort.

Everyone who participated in Ireland's game against Scotland on Saturday has been given a clean bill of health facing into a possible Grand Slam winning match against England.

"We're gutted with the peformance and the result, but I think we showed a lot of character in the last 10 minutes".

Jones has also said England is struggling at the breakdown because there is a difference in attitudes to the tackle area in worldwide rugby and in England's domestic's Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck. "The breakdown has definitely become more contestable. It's not going to be easy".

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