X

Monday 22
July

Rugby Union

Schmidt criticises England's tactics

3rd February 2019, 09:27 by James Mason

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt says he was unhappy with the way England challenged aerially in Saturday's Six Nations loss in Dublin.

Ireland's hopes of becoming the first back-to-back Grand Slam winners since France in 1998 were dashed at the first hurdle as they went down 32-20 to England at the Aviva Stadium - the first home Six Nations loss of Schmidt's tenure.

The defeat was Ireland's heaviest to the English in Dublin for 15 years and the disappointing defeat has come as a big reality check for the defending champions, who were the pre-tournament favourites.

England were superior in all areas across the pitch but it was the aerial battle that they gained huge success, with the Irish put under huge pressure when faced with the high ball.

Speaking about the aerial department, Schmidt was critical of the tactics used by Eddie Jones' men, saying: "They did their homework and they denied us access in the aerial game, they saw how it was going to be refereed.

"Even Keith Earls taken out and taken out again and then we have to take him off. We have to win those battles but it's hard when you get taken out."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Southern Kings

Rugby Union

Springboks yet to hit straps – Erasmus

21st July 2019, 14:26

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus admits they have plenty of room for improvement despite beating Australia.

Rugby Union

ABs composure pleases Cane

21st July 2019, 11:39

Sam Cane hailed New Zealand's composure after they battled to a 20-16 win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

Rugby Union

Fresh start excites Faletau

21st July 2019, 11:15

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau says he has been reinvigorated by his injury absence.

Rugby Union

Jantjies proves the star on Springboks bow

20th July 2019, 19:21

Debutant Herschel Jantjies was the star of the show as South Africa beat Australia 35-17 in their Rugby Championship opener.

Rugby Union

Falcons chance has Van der Walt buzzing

20th July 2019, 15:22

Philip van der Walt is excited by the prospect of playing for Newcastle Falcons after signing from Super Rugby side the Sharks.

Rugby Union

Teague names new Gloucester skills coach

19th July 2019, 18:05

Rory Teague is back at his first club after being appointed Gloucester Rugby's new skills coach.

Recent Sport Headlines

Rugby League

Price wants Wire response

22nd July 2019, 02:02

Steve Price is backing Warrington to bounce back from defeat against Castleford when they face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Golf

Open frustration for Fleetwood

22nd July 2019, 01:43

Tommy Fleetwood was disappointed to finish runner-up to Shane Lowry at The Open Championship on Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Knockaert joins Fulham

22nd July 2019, 00:24

Brighton have allowed Anthony Knockaert to join Championship side Fulham on a season-long loan deal.

Golf

Lowry was immense - Westwood

21st July 2019, 19:05

Lee Westwood has praised Shane Lowry's display on Sunday after the Irishman clinched The 2019 Open Championship.

Rugby League

Holbrook proud of Saints effort

21st July 2019, 19:00

Justin Holbrook says St Helens didn't deserve to lose 32-12 in Sunday's Super League fixture at the London Broncos.

Golf

Lowry named Champion Golfer

21st July 2019, 18:59

Shane Lowry handled the tough conditions at Royal Portrush to record a six-shot victory at The 2019 Open Championship.

PSV Eindhoven

PSV slap big valuation on highly-rated winger

21st July 2019, 17:31

Tottenham, Sevilla and Ajax have been told to hand over £40million if they want to sign PSV winger Steven Bergwijn.

Borussia Dortmund

Zidane happy for defender to stay with Dortmund

21st July 2019, 17:31

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes it will be "good" for Achraf Hakimi to stay on loan with Borussia Dortmund.