Six Nations 2015: Graham Rowntree expects England reaction
After Ireland defeat, Red Rose assistant coach believes that there will not be a repeat performance against Scotland on Saturday
Graham Rowntree wants a reaction from England when they face Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.
The England forwards coach has only just got over the manner of their 19-9 defeat to reigning champions Ireland in Dublin last time out, which put a serious dent in the Red Rose’s hopes of a first RBS 6 Nations title since 2011.
We’re playing a team at Twickenham who have just lost at home and have a lot to prove themselves. I expect a reaction from us.
Graham Rowntree on the Calcutta Cup clash
While England need to bounce back against Scotland to keep their championship hopes alive, Ireland play Wales earlier on the same day in Cardiff, where they have lost just twice in the last 32 years.
But the focus for England is on upping their own performance and Rowntree admits that there is a lot to put right in the Calcutta Cup clash as the championship’s bottom side Scotland head to London looking for their first win at HQ since 1983.
“There is lots we have to put right because the Ireland game was immensely frustrating and disappointing,” Rowntree said.
“I’ve just got over it, if I’m honest. We had a long week last week pulling it apart.
“We’re playing a team at Twickenham who have just lost at home and have a lot to prove themselves. I expect a reaction from us.
“We have an honest group of lads, and we’re not satisfied at all with that performance, but we have this week to put it right.”
Rowntree concedes that the best team won at the Aviva Stadium and admits his frustration at England’s indiscipline, which allowed Ireland to build scoreboard pressure.
Five games out from hosting the Rugby World Cup, it was a disappointing all round performance from Stuart Lancaster’s men, but Rowntree was still able to take some positives from the match to take into the penultimate round of the championship.
“We just couldn’t get our game going and that comes down to a multitude of reasons,” he added.
“Ill-discipline was one.
“It was a very good Ireland performance. They stifled our game and fair play, the best team won.
“The way they quickly amassed points on the scoreboard was frustrating, but at half time we were still very much in the game.
“It was a clinical performance from Ireland, but we came back strongly and that was important.
“If we’d had more opportunities to play in that area of the field then the result could have been different.”