England will learn from painful defeats: Eddie Jones

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Kiwi wing Sean Maitland (L) says Scotland will still throw the ball around despite conceding intercept tries in Six Nations losses to Wales and Ireland. "Our players tend to sit back and not go with the ball-carrier", he explained. The effort, the mental strength and the discipline to post such numbers is remarkable and it's a testament to the players and the coaching staff that they have done this consistently throughout the competition so far.

While England suffered a blow 23 minutes in with Nathan Hughes going down in agony before being helped from the field by two medics, the closest either came to scoring was a kick through from Jonny May which saw Remy Grosso beating Elliot Daly to touch the ball down in the try-scoring area.

"I always said this year would be the hardest year we'd have", Jones said of the third year in England's World Cup cycle.

"The last time we won it in Scotland (in 2015), we'd played our last game and we just had to wait to see if England didn't put the points difference on France at the time".

"England are going to be no different".

The Irish, who won their third Six Nations title in five years, can not be caught by England when the two teams meet at Twickenham on Saturday, and Jones admitted the Red Rose needed a lot more work on the training pitch to handle the breakdown, having been repeatedly penalised in both losses.

Machenaud booted his fourth penalty going into the final quarter, a raft of replacements boosting France's momentum.

Scotland's Huw Jones, left, and Greig Laidlaw, right, tackle Ireland's Cian Healy during the Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday March 10, 2018. We still don't know whether he will be available or not.

And therein lies the rub.

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An important part of the winning streak has been how effectively the younger players have adapted to global level and slotted into positions as players have fallen away injured.

"We are not adapting to the referee's interpretation at the ruck as well as we should". And in that position and several others, you look for English candidates - within the Premiership, of course, as anyone such as Steffon Armitage overseas is banned - and find them crashed out on treatment tables.

Jones is unlikely to relent, though.

"They dragged England down to their own level of drudgery".

"We understand what the problem is and we understand how to fix it". Is Ben Te'o really England's equivalent of Sonny Bill Williams?

"We're coming from the Premiership, where no one competes at the breakdown, into the Six Nations, where every team is throwing lots of people into it".

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