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Cipriani Says England 'Heavily Outcoached' In Six Nations Loss To Ireland

Cipriani Says England 'Heavily Outcoached' In Six Nations Loss To Ireland
By PJ Browne

Danny Cipriani believes Ireland were, in attack, by far the better coached team in Saturday's Six Nations win against England at Twickenham.

Ireland won the game 32-15, a record victory away from home against England. They scored four tries with England only getting on the board through the boot of Marcus Smith. Though, Eddie Jones's side did play 78 minutes with 14 players after Charlie Ewels was sent off.

"In terms of their attacking shape, the ball in hand, England were heavily outcoached," former England out-half Cipriani told the BBC 5 Live Rugby Union Daily podcast.

"It wasn't the players, it wasn't the effort, all the stuff that you expect from an England team that they did over and beyond.

"But in terms of the system, the formation and the breaking down of the defence, Ireland didn't look stressed. Whereas England were often stressed, and it was often Ireland's last pass that didn't go to hand."

Ireland go into the final weekend of the Six Nations holding a chance of winning the title. Though, along with beating Scotland, they need England to do them a favour and beat France.

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Cipriani continued: "England do need to be England, the set-piece is English rugby and we're great at that. But the talent pool that we have, if you can't put a good system in place for us to execute an attack in a good way, then what are you doing as a coach?

"Your set piece, your kicking game, your defence, those are part of your identity for sure. What has the attacking identity or vision looked like?

"You can say how great we were at set piece, and we made some great decisions Marcus Smith put a great kick up off lineouts twice and [England] won that moment, they won big moments within the game.

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"But the constant pressure of how many times Ireland put England under pressure with their shape and decision-making at the line and their framework, their attack as a unit looked completely cohesive.

"You don't need to have every single person with 100 caps to do that. You need good direction and leadership as a coach, who puts people in the right position at the right time and a system you can fall back on 90 per cent of the time.

"When it's quick ball, you get the ball in the ten's hands and play rugby, you play more what's in front of you and there's good timing and tempo onto the ball.

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"But the game is not quick ball, it's mostly medium to slow. How do you create quick ball? That's by having a great formation and system and being able to pull teams apart.

"[Ireland] constantly challenged the inside shoulders of England to make them step in. Once you step in, the ball goes out the back and you get to the space. You need to constantly make teams make decisions in defence."

Featured images: 23 February 2020; Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and England head coach Eddie Jones shake hands prior to the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile and 20 October 2018; Danny Cipriani of Gloucester warms up prior to the Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 Round 2 match between Munster and Gloucester at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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See Also: Clive Woodward Slams Eddie Jones For 'Pathetic Macho' Comments Before Ireland Loss

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