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'I didn’t prepare them well enough' | Eddie Jones reacts after England's shock defeat to Scotland

England head coach Eddie Jones has taken full responsibility following their Guinness Six Nations...
Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

20.09 6 Feb 2021


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'I didn’t prepare them well enough' | Eddie Jones reacts after England's shock defeat to Scotland

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Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

20.09 6 Feb 2021


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England head coach Eddie Jones has taken full responsibility following their Guinness Six Nations loss to Scotland on Saturday evening. 

The 11-6 victory for the Scots at Twickenham marks the first time they've beaten them in London since 1983.

Duhan van der Merwe scored the only try of the game for Gregor Townsend's side with Finn Russell also sending two penalties through the posts.

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In the build-up to the game, Jones questioned Scotland's ability to handle the pressure in what he said was "the most important game of the year."

Speaking to ITV Sport after the full-time whistle, Jones was magnanimous in defeat.

"Firstly, congratulations to Scotland. They played very well, a lot of intent and a lot of spirit and we had one of those days.

"I didn’t prepare the team well enough, we weren’t quite right and we were a long way off our best."

When asked where England’s preparation was lacking, Jones didn't offer any further insight saying,

"I’m not sure [where they were lacking] and if I knew I would have fixed it.

"You just have days like that. It’s my responsibility every time the team goes on the field so I accept that. ‘

"We weren’t good enough today, we accept that so congratulations to Scotland."

Meanwhile, England Captain Owen Farrell said they struggled to "really get a grip" after Scotland’s strong start.

"Obviously massive credit to Scotland first and foremost, the way that they played kept us out the game.

"They got off to a good start and a fair bit of momentum of the back of a few penalties from us.

"They got the try and they kept us out to be fair to them. It didn’t seem like we could really get a grip of it."


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