March 22, 2018

Les Bleus! England's Six Nations dreams shattered in Paris

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Eddie Jones insists England are negotiating an inevitable slump where the "game does not love you" after France handed Ireland the Six Nations title by prevailing 22-16 in Paris. Against the run of play, the Scots took the first points from a Greig Laidlaw penalty. They didn't react to (referee) Nigel Owens' interpretation of the breakdown two weeks ago and then on Saturday they didn't react and adapt.

Jones's team now await the visit of Grand Slam-chasing Ireland in the fifth and final round this weekend, knowing another loss would be a third in a single Six Nations for the first time since 2006, and invite serious questions over whether this is more than an explicable blip.

"I told them that if we won it would open up new and positive things".

England coughed up 16 penalties against next year's World Cup group opponents, the majority at the breakdown.

"Every team is fallible and every team has a weakness and certain strengths and, at the moment, teams are outplaying us in certain areas of the game and we have to learn from it". "We knew that the physical challenge would be key".

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Indeed, to see someone like Dan Leavy fit in easily on the grand stage and become Ireland's best performer in every match this Six Nations campaign, is impressive.

"We are three or four years behind Ireland in terms of what they've done and achieved over the last few years", Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said.

"France has gone through a tough time", the 64-year-old Brunel said.

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"Our defence was remarkable".

"I know there's a lot of hype around it, and there will be more, there'll be a lot of distraction that you'll have to deal with and put to the side, and we're good at focusing on what we need to do, and what we need to get better at from last week".

"I've been here before, probably in more hard circumstances, but this is a test for this team", Haskell said.

It was England's second defeat in a row after they lost to Scotland in the previous round of matches and only their third in 27 matches under coach Eddie Jones. "We've been criticised a lot but we believe in the team".

Abigail Dow scored England's opening converted try before Tremouliere crossed for an unconverted score just after the half hour mark.

England were thrown a lifeline with six minutes remaining after a superb break from Ben Te'o.

However, Tremouliere finished off a fantastic performance with the crucial score, touching down in the 79th minute to claim a stunning win for Les Bleues.

But this weekend, nine years on from the last day of glory, the current squad have two men (Rob Kearney and Rory Best) bidding to earn the distinction of being the onlyIrish internationals in history with two Grand Slams.

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