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Jones blames himself, after Ireland crushes English world record hopes

March 19,2017 06:21

England coach Eddie Jones blamed himself for his team's 13-9 defeat by Ireland on Sunday (NZT) that ended their hopes of a second successive Six Nations grand slam and a world record 19th tier one victory in a row. But he said the match - and an ...



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Eddie Jones told media he takes full responsibility for England's loss to Ireland.

England coach Eddie Jones blamed himself for his team's 13-9 defeat by Ireland on Sunday (NZT) that ended their hopes of a second successive Six Nations grand slam and a world record 19th tier one victory in a row.But he said the match - and an increasingly competitive Six Nations Championship - would provide crucial lessons as the team prepare for their main goal of winning the 2019 World Cup in Japan.England conceded an early try to Ireland lock Iain Henderson and never really threatened to get back into the match as the hosts strangled their attacking options on a windy, drizzly evening in Dublin.

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England's Elliot Daly is tackled by Ireland's Andrew Conway.

All of England's points came from the boot of Owen Farrell.READ MORE:* As it happened: English dream of topping ABs record ended* How Ireland toppled the mighty All Blacks* Scorecard: England's world-record match* Are the Irish becoming the new whingers of world rugby?"I take full responsibility for the loss today. The team didn't play well today so I've got to look at the preparation and fix it. Simple," Jones told reporters.

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England's Dylan Hartley lifts the Six Nations trophy.

"They used the conditions superbly and we probably didn't."England were already assured of this year's title but Ireland's win denies Eddie Jones' side successive back-to-back grand slam titles and the chance of setting a new record of 19 successive test victories.Jones said the Six Nations was likely to be significantly tougher next year and that England would have to fully take on board all the lessons they have learnt.

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Irish players celebrate the team's win as the referee blows the whistle at full time.

"We're 14 months into a four-year project. We've been chuffed with the results we've had but realism shows us we still have a lot to do," he said.

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"We were caught in certain areas today and we'll learn from it and we're going to have more setbacks as we go to the World Cup."A key skill to winning the World Cup will be coping with pressure of expectation, Jones added."That was like a World Cup final today and we weren't good enough," the Australian said."We're better off having that experience today than we are in Yokohama Stadium on November 2 (2019) at 8pm."Ireland took the game to England at the Aviva Stadium and went ahead on nine minutes through a Johnny Sexton penalty but Owen Farrell levelled the scores eight minutes later after the home side were penalised for offside.Continued Irish pressure on the English line resulted in the only try of the game on 24 minutes when Henderson popped off the back of the maul to score, with Sexton slotting over the resultant conversion.Ireland failed to turn their continued dominance of the half into points and had to be satisfied going into half-time holding 10-3 lead.England came more into the encounter in the second period and narrowed the deficit through another Farrell penalty but Ireland restored their seven-point lead on the hour mark through Sexton after the visitors were penalised for a high tackle.Both sides exchanged further penalties to move the score to 13-9 but Ireland held firm in the final minutes, playing the final stages of the match in the England half to secure a win that seals second place in the Six Nations, a world ranking of fourth and top seeding at the next World Cup.Meanwhile, Scotland gave departing Kiwi coach Vern Cotter a successful send-off by beating Italy 29-0 in the final round at Murrayfield.The Azzurri were left with five straight losses for the third time in the last four years.Cotter, a tough New Zealander who rarely shows public emotion, was in tears after the match as Scotland fans cheered for their coach, who didn't have his contract renewed after three years in the role and is joining French team Montpellier for the start of next season.And France beat Wales 20-18 following a bizarre and chaotic end to their final match as Camille Chat scored a try 20 minutes after fulltime.The clock showed 99 minutes and 55 seconds when replacement hooker Chat dotted the ball down after nine penalty scrums, and Camille Lopez slotted over the conversion as France saved their place in the second pot ahead of the 2019 World Cup draw.Wales had victory in their sights when Leigh Halfpenny's sixth penalty earned them a 18-13 lead but France won a key five-metre penalty scrum with one minute left. Eight scrums later, after Wales prop Samson Lee was shown a yellow card and a series of controversial incidents and decisions, France finally got over the line for the second time.

 - AAP

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