Dylan Hartley says England are 'not quite there yet' after Ireland end record winning streak

tom dutton
Evening Standard
Run over: England were looking to win an unprecedented 19th straight match: Getty Images
Run over: England were looking to win an unprecedented 19th straight match: Getty Images

Dylan Hartley believes England's 13-9 loss to Ireland shows they still have room for improvement.

Defeat in Dublin prevented England recording back-to-back Grand Slams in the RBS Six Nations and ended their 18-match unbeaten run.

England captain Hartley told ITV: "Big lessons to learn today. We set out to win the tournament and we've done that.

"Obviously disappointed not to win this final game because we had high hopes, we had high expectations of ourselves.

"It goes to show we're not quite there yet as a team. Full credit to Ireland, (they) put us under unbelievable pressure today and gave us one hell of a Test match.

"We're not the finished article, this will keep us grounded, plenty of work to do. But full credit to Ireland today and this atmosphere was a great one to play in."

On England's performance, Hartley added: "I think it was negative upon negative. We seemed to back every error up with another error and they executed well."

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Bonus

Pts

England

5

4

0

1

146

81

3

19

Ireland

5

3

0

2

126

77

2

14

France

5

3

0

2

107

90

2

14

Scotland

5

3

0

2

122

118

2

14

Wales

5

2

0

3

102

86

2

10

Italy

5

0

0

5

50

201

0

0

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