Following England’s 20-17 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield in the Calcutta Cup, England coach Eddie Jones did not blame Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Cowan-Dickie had a great game, carrying the ball well, but the wheels came off in the 66th minute when the hooker conceded a penalty try and received a yellow card.
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“Luke is disappointed, that happens in the moment. He played exceptionally well and he is very disappointed, but all the boys are supporting him,” head coach Jones said.
“We have only got ourselves to blame. We are massively disappointed that we lost and Scotland deserved to win, but we dominated a lot of the game but didn’t get the points out of the domination.
“At the end of the day rugby is a pretty simple game – if you dominate you have to get points and you have to get enough to be in front of the opposition at the end.
“The result is the result and it is tough for us to start the tournament like that. We had a good preparation and played with a lot of drive and determination. We will go to Italy next week and be even better.”
Eddie Jones joked that he would try to copy Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus‘ lengthy video critique of the officials during South Africa’s victory over the Lions last summer.
“It was three points at the end and the referee becomes pretty influential in those situations,” Jones said.
“Wait for the video, I have got the production team on it now. It is called ‘Rassie In Love With’. That is my production team so I am getting ready.”