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Monday 11 December 2017

Frustrating defeat is a low point admits Care

Danny Care labelled England's Six Nations defeat to Ireland as one of the most disappointing of his career.

"This wasn't a game I needed to get fired up for," said Care. "It was probably one of the biggest games of my career so far -- at home to Ireland in the Six Nations -- and so losing makes it one of the biggest disappointments.

"It is just so frustrating. We probably played the best rugby over 80 minutes and to get three points ahead with a few minutes to go, we thought we could hold out. But Ireland turned us over and they showed the quality they have in their side; they had one chance and they took it to snatch what was a big victory for them.

"We were two from two and would have loved to make it three from three. By no means are we out of the competition yet and hopefully we will come back for the Scotland game firing."

Riki Flutey admitted England must sharpen their cutting edge.

"Ireland took their opportunities in our 22 and that is an area we have to look at in our own game -- scanning the defensive line and looking for openings, not ball-watching," said Flutey. "We also need to work on our first-phase defence because giving away easy points (in Bowe's second try) is unacceptable."

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