On Saturday I wrote that I actually needed Scotland to entrance up at Twickenham and so they fronted up within the second half once they completely rattled England.
However now will not be the time to over-react — there are extra positives than negatives from this Six Nations for Eddie Jones.
Credit score to Scotland for getting back from 31-7 down at half-time and scoring six unanswered tries earlier than George Ford salvaged a draw for England.
George Ford saved England from defeat with a late strive in Saturday’s 38-38 draw with Scotland
To start with it was an incredible recreation of rugby for the group. I’ve been coming to Twickenham as a fan, participant, coach and pundit for years and I’ve by no means seen something prefer it — so nicely carried out to each groups.
Finn Russell was unbelievable at fly-half for the guests within the second half. No-one bought close to him and he ran the second half brilliantly however the England defensive system bought pulled to items. It isn’t the primary time this group have pale following the break.
I imagine that at half-time you mentally think about you’re again at 0-Zero however England did not appear like that regardless of Owen Farrell clearly stating it on the break when he had the group in a huddle.
The best way the sport slipped away from England is a priority heading into the World Cup however we should not go overboard.
Scotland’s gamers regarded dejected after the match however they have been excellent within the second half
However I do marvel if there’s an excessive amount of stress on Farrell being captain, taking part in fly-half and kicking targets. That takes a whole lot of doing.
Different groups will see this and the sport towards Wales and can acquire encouragement for Japan however it may be mounted in time.
One facet that upset me was the best way the England bench was used. Would it not have been a unique end result if the beginning XV, minus Ben Moon who was injured early, had stayed on the pitch for the complete 80?
England have a really sturdy beginning group however when that will get disrupted and the stress comes on you do not see the gamers pulling collectively and saying, ‘How are we going to type this out?’
Once you take a look at the ending group with Nathan Hughes taking part in within the second row, Scotland have been bringing on all their replacements nevertheless it doesn’t suggest we’ve got to do the identical factor.
There may be a whole lot of stress on Owen Farrell being captain, taking part in fly-half and kicking targets
Because the adjustments got here on we bought worse and worse.
One factor to return out of this Six Nations for England is that Eddie has nailed his beginning line up. When you take a look at the group who beat Eire 32-20 in Dublin that’s nearly it. Simply do not hold making all these replacements.
However I might make a few adjustments with Joe Cokanasiga and Sam Underhill, who has been injured, coming in and protecting every thing crossed that the principle males keep match.
If I used to be selecting a group to play the All Blacks in a one-off knock-out recreation Cokanasiga begins on the wing and Underhill begins at No 6.
Which may appear harsh on Mark Wilson who has carried out a terrific job however I want to see Underhill and Tom Curry paired collectively within the again row alongside Billy Vunipola.
In these video games you’ve got to exit and play rapidly and that might be much like the Richard Hill, Neil Again, Lawrence Dallaglio mixture we had in my England group 16 years in the past.
It was a demanding match for Eddie Jones however there have been positives for the England coach to take
The Wallabies have carried out it with success taking part in two pure sevens in Michael Hooper and David Pocock of their again row and I can see it working with these two.
The remainder of the aspect picks itself as issues stand and the nice factor for Eddie is he has some depth to play with. There are others ok to begin — Ellis Genge, Wilson, Brad Shields, Jack Nowell for instance — and Dylan Hartley can be on my bench however solely as harm cowl, not as an affect participant.
Anthony Watson nonetheless has to return again and he’s a unbelievable expertise at wing or full-back.
So Eddie has bought some reserves however there are a number of gamers you simply cannot lose similar to Farrell, Maro Itoje, Mako Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi at his greatest and Curry who’re just about irreplaceable.
Curry at openside is the massive man we needs to be speaking about. He’s the one participant who has completely cemented that place and we’ve got been ready for this for an extended, very long time most likely since Neil Again was round.
He has been sensible on this event and his progress is a big bonus for Eddie. And Curry and Underhill are a step up from what England have had within the current previous.
Tom Curry has had a wonderful Six Nations marketing campaign and is irreplaceable within the England XV