England coach Eddie Jones has admitted that the breakdown has become a huge problem for his side as they suffered a second successive defeat in the Six Nations to France on Saturday, Sky Sports report.
Jones saw his team concede a massive 16 penalties during the 22-16 defeat, with Anthony Watson given a yellow card for his high tackle on Benjamin Fall which resulted in South African referee Jaco Peyper awarding a penalty try to the hosts.
Ireland’s comprehensive victory over Scotland in Dublin earlier in the day meant that England needed to match their result in order to take the Six Nations title race alive heading into the final round.
Talking after the defeat, Jones said:
The breakdown again caused us trouble. We improved in that area, but not to the extent we needed to. We just didn’t learn quick enough.
The back-to-back defeats against Scotland and France now mean that Jones has lost three of his 27 matches in charge, and will now look to stop Ireland at Twickenham as they hunt their first Grand Slam in nine years.