6N asking England and Scotland to explain pre-match scuffle

Ann Santiago
February 26, 2018

England improved after the break with a converted Owen Farrell try, but Sam Underhill was shown a yellow card to inhibit hopes of a comeback as the hosts held out for a famous victory in Gregor Townsend's first Calcutta Cup fixture as head coach.

It falls to the matchday citing officer to examine within the next 48 hours what happened as the players left the pitch upon completion of their warm-ups and to decide whether to launch an official inquiry.

Six Nations organisers are certain to investigate the incident and photographs confirm it took place, but Jones was unaware of what had happened.

Jones was quick to brush off the notion that his side had been affected by the reported scuffle inside the tunnel ahead of kick-off, but he acknowledged that they had not been able to deal with the occasion.

"I think we've been pretty good this campaign".

"Are you aware of it?"

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

Eddie Jones paid tribute to the winners by saying: "They were too good for us today. Don't get distracted by other things". "The vision's better on an Iphone 10".

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. "It is one of those things that gets built up into something more than it was".

"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.

The size of the task facing Scotland is underlined by the fact a Wales team who thumped Barclay's men by 27 points then found themselves outmuscled by the English a fortnight ago despite coughing up just two penalty infringements.

This was just England's second defeat in 26 Tests under Eddie Jones, whose ultimate aim with is to win next year's World Cup.

The England coach insisted that it was Scotland who "deserve all the credit" following a fantastic performance but he will now spend the next fortnight searching for solutions as he looks to fix his side's shortcomings in defence and at the breakdown. "He has accepted and understood the responsibility more", Jones said. They raced away. It is hard to get back. "I take full responsibility and I have to work out what I did wrong and work out how to fix it". Style is Ralph Lauren, or whatever brand you want it to be. "It's a quiet changing room, it's disappointing and some players are down, but we have to learn from it".

"They got a jump on us in the first half and we couldn't get it back".

"We were ready for it". "Unfortunately we just weren't in the game for the first 40 minutes". I apologise for our performance. "I didn't prepare the team as well as I should have and that's my fault".

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