England's Ben Te'o (right) celebrates with teammate Mike Brown after scoring a try against France at Twickenham.
England's Ben Te'o (right) celebrates with teammate Mike Brown after scoring a try against France at Twickenham. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

England stumbles home for win over France

RUGBY: England coach Eddie Jones rued a lack of preparation after his team stumbled past France in the first game of its Six Nations title defence ast Twickenham.

A try from former Brisbane Bronco Ben Te'o secured a 19-16 win over the French but it was hard work for Jones' men.

"It doesn't get much uglier than that," Jones said.

"We weren't our usual urgent selves and maybe I've got to look at the preparation I gave the team, the preparation wasn't good enough.

"But second half I thought we did enough good things to win the game.

"The attitude of the players has been first class but sometimes these things happen, it's a game of rugby, you've got human beings involved. They (France) played quite well and it took us a long time to respond.

"We made some silly handling errors, just a lack of real urgency to do what we want to do, we're a 'go get 'em' team and we tended to sit back a bit today but we were much better after that.

"It's still ugly but the result's beautiful."

England for whom, Owen Farrell scored 14 poings with the boot, has now won a national record 15 successive matches since Jones took over from Stuart Lancaster.

Scotland, meanwhile, has hung on for a rare Six Nations success, winning 27-22 against Ireland.

The hosts enjoyed a stunning start with full-back Stuart Hogg crossing twice for tries.

Keith Earls scored a try for the Irish but Alex Dunbar's try put the Scots 21-5 up.

Ireland then mounted a superb comeback with tries from Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson getting the score back to 22-21 in favour of the visitors but captain Greig Laidlaw's two late penalties sealed the victory for the Scots.

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