Edinburgh - Eddie Jones was adamant all was far from lost
for England following their shock Calcutta Cup defeat by Scotland.
Saturday's 25-13 reverse at Murrayfield was just reigning
Six Nations champions England's second defeat in 26 Tests under their
The reverse, England's first loss to Scotland in a decade,
left Ireland the only side in the tournament who can now eye a Grand Slam
following three wins out of three - in pole position to claim this season's
Scotland ran in three tries in a memorable first half at
Murrayfield on Saturday, centre Huw Jones crossing twice and wing Sean Maitland
also going over as Finn Russell, making the most of brilliant breakdown play
led by Scotland captain John Barclay, produced a commanding display at
England, still second in the global rankings and one of the
leading contenders for next year's World Cup in Japan, are set to lick their
wounds at a training camp in Oxford before resuming their bid for an
unprecedented third successive outright Six Nations title away to France in
Paris on March 10.
England appeared to be caught cold by the pace and ferocity
of Scotland's play, with Eddie Jones admitting: "We lacked intensity and
we've got to find out why. We got beaten at the breakdown and we've got to find
"We lacked proper spacing in defence and we've got to
find out why," the former Australia and Japan coach added.
"We allowed the game to disappoint us at times and
there are some good lessons. We are trying to develop a strong team but the occasion
was too big for us. Scotland were too good for us.
"Scotland contested the breakdown well and read the
referee well. Full credit to them."
Jones's admission was concerning as England's players ought
to know by now how Wales's Nigel Owens, long one of the world's leading
referees, likes to control a game.
But the England coach, while keen to learn lessons from a
rare setback, was also determined to put it into context.
"You can start to find shadows in the corners. Once you
get into the situation we got into, it puts pressure on you and we probably
didn't execute as well as we can," he explained.
"But I'm not going to go down the track of saying
everything is wrong because everything is not wrong."
Former England captain Chris Robshaw, a rare shining light
for the visitors on a torrid afternoon in Edinburgh, insisted the squad had
factored into their preparations how playing in front of a home crowd against
the 'auld enemy' could inspire Scotland.
"We spoke among ourselves in the week about what an
exciting and hostile place Murrayfield could be and how it's great for them if
they got their noses in front. And that's exactly what happened," said
"We've got to take our medicine and learn. We'll keep
Meanwhile 'fighting' of a different kind is concerning
officials following a tunnel fracas shortly before kick-off at Murrayfield.
As players from both sides returned to the changing rooms
after the pre-match warm-ups, television footage appeared to show England's
Owen Farrell and Scotland's Ryan Wilson involved in pushing and shoving before
their team-mates separated the duo.
"Six Nations Rugby will be writing to the unions to
request clarification on what happened in the tunnel," a spokesperson said
Once the unions have responded, tournament organisers will
decide whether to launch an investigation or initiate disciplinary proceedings.