Lawrence Dallaglio Believes Ireland Could Give England A "Hiding" At Twickenham


Followed by - sacre bleu! - another loss in Paris on Saturday evening, by 22-16, with another 10 turnovers forced by Mathieu Bastareaud and friends and 16 penalties conceded by England as they kissed adieu to their Six Nations title. "We hadn't lost (a home Six Nations game) in five years before Scotland".

Should they complete the bonus point win, they would also need to prevent Ireland from scoring either a losing bonus point for finishing within seven points of England, or from collecting a try-scoring bonus point for themselves picking up four tries.

The Grand Slam is in sight, and Ireland will come at England next week with everything they've got.

France, who narrowly lost their first two matches against Ireland and Scotland, defended furiously throughout and it became obvious that England, who needed a bonus-point win to keep their title hopes alive, would not score the four tries they needed. "There are other issues apart from being technical and a lot of it has got to do with power". "That tells me that one of two things are wrong", Dallaglio added. Any team that is developing, as we are, you go through these tough periods where the game does not love you. We will have to go to another level to beat England.

"Significantly, we gave too many penalties away, which was the difference in the game, and the breakdown again caused us trouble". It's the flip of what happened previous year (v Eng at Aviva) and we know what England's motivation is going to be. There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well.

"I don't think this spell was inevitable, but I think it's normal".

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"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". "It's going to take us some time, it's not going to come quickly".

"I was pleased with the effort today, we were in a position to win the game", he said, adding that any team was "fallible and has weakness".

"I don't think we should get too carried away or too melodramatic about where we are", he said.

"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". The boot is on the other foot after past year and I'm sure they'll be licking their lips. Jones did not attribute any blame to the Premiership sides but the contrast is vast between England, whose interests often collide with that of the clubs, and Ireland, where the relationship is far more symbiotic.

"We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them".