Ireland went into this game with a chance of taking the Number 1 spot in the world rankings. However they were dealt a massive blow in their prep for the World Cup, taking a humbling defeat at the hands of England.
Eddie Jones had this to say following his sides huge 57-15 win.
“We went out to play a certain way and we did that,” Jones said. “I was pleased with the intensity and purpose we played with.
“We adapted to the game a little bit on the run, the concentration level was pretty good and that’s what we’re looking for in these games.
“It was pleasing to be able to move the ball a bit, especially after last week, which was a bit of an arm wrestle for 80 minutes. Today there was a bit of ball movement so it was a nice way to prepare for the World Cup.”
Mako Hobbles Off
Mako Vunipola came on for a short time in the second half, but his return to rugby was short-lived and he was soon back off. This starts to put his World Cup in doubt.
In the Ireland camp, Joe Schmidt and Rory Best had this to say about it. They now face Wales in back to back games before heading out to the World Cup. Whilst England face Italy before getting on the plane.
“There’s a malaise about the team, you can’t blame individuals,” head coach Joe Schmidt said.
Captain Rory Best added: “That is not up to the standard that we set ourselves. It is hard to describe it without using a lot of profanity.”