Eddie Jones does not expect quick fix to England's breakdown woes

Players were seen rolling around on the floor and stretching during the practice

England's 22-16 defeat in Paris meant Ireland's celebrations could begin, although Joe Schmidt's side will go to Twickenham next weekend with only their third ever grand slam tantalisingly within reach.

The breakdown, exposed at Murrayfield, was a fault line once more but even more alarming were the 16 penalties that saw them whistled out of contention by referee Jaco Peyper.

Given the level of attrition that we have suffered in three tough games so far, this week will be about fine-tuning an already immaculate game-plan and getting bodies recovered.

"We are going to have to save the best till last".

"And that is an excuse, because we fought our way back into that game, and took the lead with 15 minutes to go".

Jones repeatedly discussed England's struggles in the breakdown, and rightly so. "I thought we had improved but not as much as we needed to", the Australian told a news conference. We've had two losses back to back, which is something this team hasn't experience before.

"That was a very special moment for the team look", said Sexton.

France were awarded a penalty try early in the second-half, a converted Jonny May try for England making for a frenetic finish before Lionel Beauxis landed a late penalty to wrap the game up.

England's hopes of keeping the battle for the championship alive were effectively ended when they failed to score a try in a stop-start first half.

On Saturday, though, by lowering their ambition and aiming just for the simple win by any score, they nearly seemed to seal their fate.

"I wanted the team to be close to the best during the tournament", France coach Jacques Brunel said. "On both occasions, we were there".

Ireland made its bonus-point intentions known after only four minutes, when flyhalf maestro Jonathan Sexton waived off a penalty goalkick to set up a lineout.

Indeed, to see someone like Dan Leavy fit in easily on the grand stage and become Ireland's best performer in every match this Six Nations campaign, is impressive.

Conor Murray and Sean Cronin sealed Ireland's third bonus-point win in their four clashes to date, with the Grand Slam now on the line at Twickenham.

The playing conditions were much better than we had been led to believe they might be, there were no problems in producing a fluid attack game and a pretty miserable French team were there for the taking.

"We knew that the physical challenge would be key".

It was England's second defeat in a row after they lost to Scotland in the previous round of matches.

Two wayward Peter Horne passes cost Scotland dear, the first forcing Blair Kinghorn to dive to retrieve, when if accurate could have let the full debutant fly into the corner.

"We've a lot of big leaders", Best said.

Murray and Sexton nearly combined to break through the middle of the Scottish defence and, as the interval approached, they began to scent the opportunity for a second try which would have them firmly in the driver's seat.

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