Chris Robshaw: We made too many mistakes
Chris Robshaw admits England will reflect on the indiscipline that contributed to their downfall in yesterday’s defeat by Ireland in Dublin.
An inquest awaits this week as the Red Rose coaching team seek answers as to why 13 penalties were conceded, including two in the opening eight minutes that enabled the reigning champions to race into an early lead.
“Our biggest disappointment was our discipline,” England’s captain and openside said.
“When Ireland have a serious player like Jonathan Sexton who can nail goals and pin you in the corner, you don’t want to give them any easy opportunities and allow them to keep the scoreboard ticking.
“I’m not sure why it happened, but it is something that will be addressed in the coming weeks..
“We conceded some penalties due to pressure and some due to our own loss in concentration. I contributed myself as well.
“As a team you aim for under 10 penalties, that’s the benchmark for the 80 minutes.
“If you do that you’re in a good place. We gave away eight penalties in the first half and that pressure tells.”