ANDY Farrell has demanded England react to their RBS Six Nations setback in Dublin by keeping themselves relevant in the title race.
A chastening 19-9 loss to Ireland has left England needing the champions to slip up against Wales if they are to seize a first crown under Stuart Lancaster and Farrell admits his players are determined to atone for an afternoon of disappointment at the Aviva Stadium.
“What happened against Ireland is a massive factor for this game,” England’s backs coach said, ahead of today’s match with Scotland at Twickenham.
“If you put that alongside the fact we are still in with a shout of winning the competition, then those two things together are a pretty powerful thing leading up to this game. Hopefully, we’ll put in a performance that matters.
“You learn a lot from a loss. Lads who haven’t been in that type of position before will have learnt a lot.
“We didn’t play our best but Ireland, like most good sides, have a way of making an impact on the game and they did that very successfully. There is a determination to put a performance in.
“We’re confident about the breakdown and our discipline for this week. They are big areas we have worked on.”
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