Thursday 18 January 2018

Ireland defeat so frustrating - Care

Danny Care
Danny Care

Danny Care vowed to take out his frustrations on Scotland after England suffered an agonising 20-16 defeat to Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations.

The England scrum-half described the loss as one of the most disappointing of his career after Tommy Bowe raced over for the match-winning try. Only minutes earlier, England had completed a stirring comeback from 13-6 down to take the lead with a Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal.

"That was probably one of the biggest games of my career so far - at home to Ireland in the Six Nations - and so losing makes it one of the biggest disappointments. It is just so frustrating," said Care. "By no means are we out of the competition yet, and hopefully we will come back for the Scotland game firing."

Murrayfield has not always been a happy hunting ground for England teams, and Scotland will also be looking to bounce back after losing to Italy in Rome.

Centre Riki Flutey admitted England must sharpen their cutting edge before facing a Scotland side who produced a superb defensive effort to beat Australia last autumn.

"Ireland took their opportunities in our 22 and that is an area we have to look at in our own game, scanning the defensive line and looking for openings not ball-watching," said Flutey.

"We also need to work on our first-phase defence because giving away easy points (in Bowe's second try) is unacceptable."

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