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Bitter pill to swallow for Jones and his players


Eddie Jone is definitely not a happy chappie today and he said after the match that England’s first home loss to Scotland since 1983 will haunt his side.

This comes after England was soundly beaten on Saturday by a Scottish side who outsmart and outplayed the home side.

The scoreboard does not reflect how good Scotland was on the day and how bad England was in their defence of the Six Nations title.

“You never atone for a game like this. This stays with you for a long time,” Jones said.

The coach added he would “take responsibility” for the defeat.

“I didn’t prepare the team well enough,” Jones told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We just had one of those days. We don’t have many, but we had a bad day today.”

One of the biggest worries in the game for England was their ill-discipline, conceded 11 penalties compared to Scotland’s 4. But Jones have more worriers on his hands than just the penalties they conceded.

His senior players decision making, specially on attack was poor. The team looked leaderless at some stages of the game, which let you think back to the World Cup final against South Africa.

About the only aspect of the game Jones can be somewhat happy with was the defence and the way they hang in their till the end. From the set pieces, fight on the ground and battle in the air, England looked out of sorts.

“We just could not get in the game. We were not at the races today,” said the 61-year-old Australian.

“I thought we fought back into the game well. With thhttps://youtu.be/5z7r–fRGCoe possession and territory they had, we hung in the game and had a chance to win at the end, which is a great credit to our players considering we were off the pace.”

England can now redeem themselves when they host Italy on the 13th. This will be a must win and something the players and coach realise.

Jones added, “If you look at the world at the moment, we are just grateful we can play rugby. We will just suck it up.

“We have Italy next and we will be ready for the next Test match. We will do everything we can.”

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