Eddie Jones: Breakdown deficiencies will take time to fix
Mar 13 2018
Stockdale now has 10 tries in just eight Test appearances, while he is only the second player in championship history to score multiple tries in three successive Four/Five/Six Nations games. That something was probably in the back of our mind.
Jones insists it could take another 18 months before his players learn to adjust to the difference in emphasis between global rugby and the Aviva Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck.
"We've got to get over there and hit our A game right from the start, because there's going to be an extraordinary resolve amongst that English contingent after those two away losses". "It's a great achievement for this group and hopefully we can push on".
Coming into the clash with Scotland, the six tries conceded across the wins against Italy and Wales was identified as an area of concern in some quarters.
"I always thought we were going to go through a hard period at some stage and we're better off doing that now". He's a very passionate man.
"But there's something more that we want, and that's going to be our focus this week". It's the flip of what happened a year ago (against England in Dublin) and we know what England's motivation is going to be.
"We've got better in every game in this championship". Jordi Murphy later made a significant impact during his 25-minute cameo off the bench, while try scorer Sean Cronin and Jack McGrath also added to Ireland's forward play in the latter stages.
"I think I just watched it with my family at the time so it would be fantastic to be part of something like that but there's no point getting too distracted".
"I think it's a pretty big challenge", admitted the centre. The narrow, quick line speed defence of Andy Farrell has shown weakness as the Irish players begin to tire but these issues are fixable and they have not cost Ireland, yet. They like to have the ball and their game plan revolves around moving the opposition around the pitch, varying the point of attack to inevitably tire the opposition out which will increase the likelihood of scoring points, either through opposition indiscipline or poor defending. "They did that job perfectly".
Stander has become an Ireland mainstay under Schmidt since qualifying on residency and making his debut in the 2016 Six Nations. Nevertheless, he has seen enough of the New Zealand native to know that he demands the very best from each player he selects.
The flawless example of this breakdown work and the overall composure in which Ireland play the game is best exemplified by the 41 phases which led to Sexton's drop goal against France.