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Rowntree looking for England response

Rowntree looking for England response

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree insists he is looking for a reaction from his side when Scotland visit Twickenham on Saturday.

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree insists he is looking for a reaction from his side when Scotland visit Twickenham on Saturday.

England were disappointing in losing 19-9 away to Ireland last time out, British & Irish Lions fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicking four penalties and converting a Robbie Henshaw try for the hosts.

Next up for England is a visit of Scotland, Vern Cotter’s side on a low after a 22-19 defeat at home to Italy two weeks ago.

Scotland have not tasted victory at Twickenham since 1983 and Rowntree, who coached the British & Irish Lions to success Down Under in 2013, believes England are in a good place to make sure that run continues.

“There is lots we have to put right because the Ireland game was immensely frustrating and disappointing,” he said.

“I’ve just got over it, if I’m honest. We had a long week last week pulling it apart.

“It was a very good Ireland performance. They stifled our game and fair play, the best team won.

“The way they quickly amassed points on the scoreboard was frustrating, but at half time we were still very much in the game.

“We’re playing a team at Twickenham who have just lost at home. They have a lot to prove themselves, but I expect a reaction from us.

“We have an honest group of lads, and we’re not satisfied at all with that last performance against Ireland, but we have this week to put it right.

“If we get our game right, then we can win by many. We are planning for a backlash from Scotland, and they should be planning for one from us.”

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