He has pinpointed that area as his side's main weakness and believes the problem is deep-rooted in the English game, putting his players at a profound disadvantage compared with Ireland, the newly crowned Six Nations champions.
Ireland will seek to complete a Grand Slam at Twickenham next weekend, but a wounded England will not be short of motivation having been denied a clean sweep of its own in Dublin in similar circumstances 12 months ago.
- Scotland have won away to Ireland just once in the Six Nations (L9), a 23-20 victory at Croke Park in 2010; since that win Scotland have lost 17 of their 19 away games in the Championship, with their only victories coming against Italy (2014 and 2016). The players have worked hard to get a medal for Josh, the players have worked hard to get a medal for Robbie (Henshaw) and for Chris (Farrell).
Until, that was, the last two weeks.
Back came Ireland right on halftime. We've lost two games of rugby. We will have to go to another level to beat England.
"But there's something more that we want, and that's going to be our focus this week".
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England was stronger at the set-piece but ill-disciplined at the breakdown in the first 40 and that remained the case early in the second half. "When you think of an Irish team doing that in South Africa, they've developed great depth". "At times when we were under pressure today and they were trying to play chaotic rugby, we were able to get a breath back and get control through the spine of our team". There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well. "I don't think it's a technical problem".
"I know there's a lot of hype around it, and there will be more, there'll be a lot of distraction that you'll have to deal with and put to the side, and we're good at focusing on what we need to do, and what we need to get better at from last week". We're not sure [how bad it is]. It's a very unusual feeling to win the Championship with a game to go, and so much still to play for.
"We're on the losing chair but you shouldn't get carried away or be too melodramatic about the way we are".
The New Zealander noted: "There are plenty of knocks but no injuries, one of the good things is we made a few tactical subs but none of them were really injury induced".
'They will be incredibly keen to make sure that they deny us what we denied them previous year'.
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