Improving England are nowhere near their best, says Jones

Slade’s double helps England exact revenge over Ireland in Dublin

"It was probably the most enjoyable win I've had in an England jersey - and potentially the most complete performance I've been a part of".

And on his Six Nations return, he added: "It was nice to be out there, especially to start".

Following its worst championship finish in 31 years, England opened this campaign as an eight-point underdog to the mighty Irish, but subdued the home side with aggressive defense and stealthy tries to win in Dublin for the first time in six years.

"The only thing I know is that the next game will be better".

"We are going to have to be really tight this week, dust ourselves off and not feel sorry for ourselves".

England replied within minutes, Jacob Stockdale struggling with Daly's grubber under pressure from Jack Nowell with the Wasps player following up to ground the ball and Farrell converting. "We've got to be able to start better".

"In a World Cup year this was a real line in the sand".

"We'll start worrying about where we're standing in the World Cup when we're 10 days out from the first game against Tonga".

"I don't think [Ireland being the best team in the world at the moment] changes in one game".

Ireland headed into the game with a lot of confidence after beating Wallabies 2-1 in the summer series a year ago followed with a successful autumn campaign that also saw them beat the All Blacks but the defeat at Aviva Stadium means Ireland's dream of consecutive Grand Slam has vanished in what will be Joe Schmidt's final Six Nations tournament with the side.

"They put in some really good hits and they seemed a bit more pumped than we were".

"That is a reality check about the physicality that will be required to be successful in this World Cup year", said Schmidt.

While Japan may not quite have the brute physical presence to bully Ireland the way England did, this match showed that if they get in the faces of their more illustrious opponents, they may reap dividends. It was a suffocating place to be out there.

"The result tonight will be a challenge to our confidence because you get used to having that winning feeling and it's pretty hollow right now", Schmidt admitted.

Schmidt admitted Ireland were outmuscled in the same way as during their last home defeat, the 21-9 loss to New Zealand in November 2016.

"It was very hard to contain their forward momentum", said Schmidt.

"If you take away the 14 points they gifted Wales, they would have won that game so we're not going to get too far ahead of ourselves".

"We gave up a couple of soft tries". And they backed that up with a lot of physical intent.



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