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Mar 14, 2015

England frustrated by missed opportunities

LONDON (Reuters) – “More clinical”…”Tidy ourselves up a bit”…”Just a little more accuracy” — England’s players and coaches found a variety of ways to stress the urgent need for improvement as they reflected on the confused performance that just about secured victory over Scotland on Saturday.

The 25-13 win was enough to put Stuart Lancaster’s side top of the Six Nations standings — just — and in with a chance of winning the title for the first time since 2011 after three successive second places.

Mar 14, 2015

Twickenham feelgood factor evaporates amid butchered tries

LONDON (Reuters) – For about an hour on Saturday Twickenham man was at his most bullish having seen Wales beat Ireland to reopen the Six Nations door before England charged towards it by piling into Scotland during a rip-roaring start.

Having not lost at home to the Scots for 32 years, defeat was never contemplated. The pre-match discussion in the West Car Park was of points difference and how many England would need to score to be in prime position to lift the title for the first time in four years by beating France on the same ground next week.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-England frustrated by missed opportunities

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – “More clinical”…”Tidy ourselves up a bit”…”Just a little more accuracy” — England’s players and coaches found a variety of ways to stress the urgent need for improvement as they reflected on the confused performance that just about secured victory over Scotland on Saturday.

The 25-13 win was enough to put Stuart Lancaster’s side top of the Six Nations standings — just — and in with a chance of winning the title for the first time since 2011 after three successive second places.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-Twickenham feelgood factor evaporates amid butchered tries

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – For about an hour on Saturday Twickenham man was at his most bullish having seen Wales beat Ireland to reopen the Six Nations door before England charged towards it by piling into Scotland during a rip-roaring start.

Having not lost at home to the Scots for 32 years, defeat was never contemplated. The pre-match discussion in the West Car Park was of points difference and how many England would need to score to be in prime position to lift the title for the first time in four years by beating France on the same ground next week.

Mar 14, 2015

England beat Scots but could rue mistakes

LONDON (Reuters) – England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 on Saturday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed try-scoring chances.

After Wales had beaten Ireland in Cardiff earlier, England knew a big win against a team they had not lost to at home for 32 years would put them in pole position on points difference but they made hard work even of securing victory, having somehow trailed 13-10 at halftime despite largely dominating.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-England beat Scots but could rue mistakes

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 on Saturday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed try-scoring chances.

After Wales had beaten Ireland in Cardiff earlier, England knew a big win against a team they had not lost to at home for 32 years would put them in pole position on points difference but they made hard work even of securing victory, having somehow trailed 13-10 at halftime despite largely dominating.

Mar 13, 2015

England must stop starting badly, says coach Farrell

LONDON (Reuters) – England have had two weeks to analyse what went wrong in the defeat by Ireland but most fans could have told them in five minutes as their third successive dire start probably put paid to their Six Nations title hopes for another year.

England began the campaign raring to go on a sizzling night in Cardiff but the coaches had hardly settled in their seats by the time Wales had opened a 10-0 lead after a Rhys Webb try.

Mar 13, 2015

Rugby-England must stop starting badly, says coach Farrell

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – England have had two weeks to analyse what went wrong in the defeat by Ireland but most fans could have told them in five minutes as their third successive dire start probably put paid to their Six Nations title hopes for another year.

England began the campaign raring to go on a sizzling night in Cardiff but the coaches had hardly settled in their seats by the time Wales had opened a 10-0 lead after a Rhys Webb try.

Mar 12, 2015

Denton and Hamilton beef up Scots at Twickenham

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland have recalled number eight Dave Denton and lock Jim Hamilton as they seek to compete with England’s forward power in Saturday’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Denton, out of action for two months with a calf injury, comes in for his first taste of the 2015 Six Nations, replacing Johnnie Beattie while Hamilton comes in for Tim Swinson in the team announced on Thursday.

Mar 12, 2015

Rugby-Denton and Hamilton beef up Scots at Twickenham

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Scotland have recalled number eight Dave Denton and lock Jim Hamilton as they seek to compete with England’s forward power in Saturday’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Denton, out of action for two months with a calf injury, comes in for his first taste of the 2015 Six Nations, replacing Johnnie Beattie while Hamilton comes in for Tim Swinson in the team announced on Thursday.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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