For England coach Jones, winning beats being entertaining

Randall Padilla
February 26, 2018

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His charm offensive included dubbing the Glasgow stand-off a "world-class" operator while he even compared the style of Gregor Townsend's team to the All Blacks'.

However, there was no repeat of the "high jinks" 30 years ago when Scotland and England players took the Calcutta Cup out with them ending up in Buster Brown's nightclub where a badly damaged trophy was given to a bouncer for safe-keeping.

"We conceded nine penalties, and it does frustrate your game".

The incident took place as the players left the pitch following their warm-ups ahead of Scotland's 25-13 victory, and Six Nations chiefs are seeking more information. Unfortunately, the lesson isn't sometimes nice to take, but it's a great lesson for us.

Three years before Woodward guided England to a 2003 World Cup final win over an Australia side coached by Jones, his hopes of a Grand Slam died in a final round 19-13 loss away to Scotland.

"In the past, some of our coaches have spoken to Saracens coaches and been down to training with them and I have picked up little drills that Owen does after training to try and help my own game. Scotland are back in business".

He said: "A lot of people will say England maybe didn't have their best game and, if Ireland have their best game, it will be a much tougher game". "They come here as massive favourites, in my opinion. You can show it to me after the press conference, then we can have a chat about it", Jones said at the post-match press conference.

Barclay knows victory this weekend - and the Scots' first since 2008 - would rank as a major surprise but reckons it could fire his team into title contention.

"In all seriousness, I don't know about it".

"Scotland were magnificent and showed conclusively that the quality they displayed in defeat by New Zealand in November, and against a 14-man Australia, was not false or an illusion", Woodward wrote.

"They had a very clear strategy, a few calls here or there and the game could have gone the other way".

"We knew what we were going to get but we didn't meet the challenge today for some reason".

"That was as good a victory Scotland have had probably since 1986", former Scotland fullback Gavin Hastings said.

The Scots got off to the ideal start as Laidlaw slotted over to settle some early nerves, the game got even better a little over 10 minutes later as Gregor Townsend's men scored their first try through Jones, after Farrell had drew the teams level through a penalty. "We said after that we didn't become a bad team overnight".

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