England fall short of breaking All Blacks' winning record
09:55, Mar 19, 2017
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Ireland won 13-9 in the teeming rain in Dublin in a fittingly attritional finale to the Six Nations Championship on Saturday, as England's winning run under Jones ended at 18.
Three times before in the 2000s had England arrived in Dublin just one win away from a Grand Slam but only on one of those occasions, their World Cup winning year of 2003, had they come away with the cherished prize.
A win would also give England the Triple Crown and mean they had become the first team in the Six Nations era to complete back-to-back Grand Slams.
Both teams were four from four going into the final match in Dublin.
"We're building up to a World Cup and this is like a World Cup final - victor takes all". Farrell's next successful effort from the tee after Ireland were penalised at the maul brought England back to within four points with 14 minutes still to play.
It has not all been plain sailing during the reign of the diminutive Australian; there have been poor performances, but even then, England have found a way to win a game.
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"There are not too many, the All Blacks are the only ones and we have been doing that since the last World Cup". We are going to have more setbacks as we go to the World Cup.
England must wait to achieve greatness under Eddie Jones.
Ireland were disrupted by a late change when Jamie Heaslip was ruled out after suffering an injury in the warm-up, but it gave flanker Peter O'Mahony the chance to shine as he was promoted off the bench with CJ Stander moving to No 8.
But Ireland coach Joe Schmidt took exception to Jones's labelling his team's play as "kick and clap", with high "bombs" from fly-half Jonathan Sexton their main weapon.
Jones said the hosts used the conditions "superbly", adding: "Full credit to Ireland, they were brilliantly coached and executed their plan well".
England lost a lineout on its own throw on Ireland's 22 in the 76th, knocked on in the next phase, and wasn't in the Irish half thereafter. In the first half we couldn't get our hands on the ball.
The ferocious pace continued as Elliot Daly nearly escaped the Irish cover after gathering Farrell's clever chip, but England were back on the defensive nearly immediately.
"We can still attain the target of second place, so there's still a heck of a lot for us to gain individually and collectively", Schmidt said.
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