England head coach Eddie Jones believes his side lack ruthlessness and has vowed to solve the ‘mental problem’ that allowed Scotland back into Saturday’s Calcutta Cup match.
Scotland fought back from 31-0 down to lead 38-31 before George Ford rescued a draw with an injury-time try as England finished the Guinness Six Nations in second place.
Jones believes England are suffering with a mental issue that is allowing teams back in to games, citing previous fixtures over the past year, and is determined to resolve the issue before the Rugby World Cup.
"It's a re-occurring theme for us and we've probably experienced this three times over the past 12 months where we've let our foot off the gas and haven't been able to get control back," said Jones.
“Our first half was exceptional and we came in at half-time determined to tighten things up but we failed do to that.
“I thought our finishers did exceptionally well to get us out of jail, but I'm disappointed with the 80 minutes."
Jones added: “We lack the discipline to do the simple things over and over. We got seduced by the scoreboard.
“This is possibly a problem the team has had for a long time, even before I started so we need to make sure we get the right people in to help us. It’s 100 per cent mental, it’s the way you think and we’ll get that right.
“It’s not something you can fix easily, it’s going to take some digging deep into the team’s psyche. We think we’ve got a pretty good idea of what it is, but it’s going to take some time.”
Learn the lessons
Jones added: “The hardest lessons are the best lessons and you want them before the World Cup. You do that against Tonga in the pool stages of the World Cup for example and then you find yourselves in a difficult situation going forward.”
England’s head coach also feels his side lack a clinical edge when they establish a big lead in matches, something he also wants to resolve.
“We lack ruthlessness in the way we play,” he said. “When the game gets easy we get seduced by the scoreboard and the easiness of the game.
“We played some brilliant rugby but again we should have been further ahead at half time and the game should have been put to bed.
“But we gave them some easy points, and we couldn’t get control of the game back.
“It’s a great lesson for us, I’d rather have these problems now then at the World Cup. We know what the problem is but it’s not easy to fix.”