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UK News Ben Youngs believes poor discipline cost England during Wales defeat

05:27  28 february  2021
05:27  28 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Ben Youngs admits England ’s high penalty count in recent matches is very frustrating but urged the squad ‘to stick together’ after five consecutive Test defeats under Eddie Jones. Highlights from Bloemfontein where England slipped to another defeat despite leading 12-0 early on. A common theme during England 's dismal run has been poor discipline , with a high penalty count proving consistently costly , but Youngs says the players must take responsibility and insisted the blame should not be laid at the door of Jones.

Ben Youngs has warned Wales that England are playing their best rugby of Eddie Jones’s tenure and says they will travel to Cardiff, for a potential Grand Slam decider, in stronger form than when they last triumphed there in 2017. England followed up their stunning win against Ireland in the opening round of the Six Wales are the only other unbeaten team in the competition but Youngs believes the current England side are an even more daunting prospect than when they enjoyed a record-breaking run of 17 successive victories under Jones. Youngs scored in the 21-16 win over Wales during that run and he

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England scrum-half Ben Youngs admitted they had shot themselves in the foot and let Wales off the hook in the 40-24 defeat in Cardiff.

Youngs' 62nd minute try helped level it up at 24-24, after Wales had scored two early controversial tries, before England's ill discipline handed the hosts three penalties before Cory Hill's try rubbed salt in the wounds.

Eddie Jones' side conceded 14 penalties to Wales' nine and the trio in the last quarter cost them the game.

a group of football players on a field: England's Ben Youngs felt poor discipline cost his side after they lost to Wales on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail England's Ben Youngs felt poor discipline cost his side after they lost to Wales on Saturday Liam Williams in a baseball game: Liam Williams celebrates after Wales scored their second try at the Principality Stadium © Provided by Daily Mail Liam Williams celebrates after Wales scored their second try at the Principality Stadium

Youngs who played his 107th England game on Saturday said: 'We just couldn't eradicate poor discipline. When you give away easy points you're going to be putting yourself under pressure and eventually they were able to claw ahead.

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England face the Springboks in the second Test in Bloemfontein on Saturday with the three-Test series on the line. Head coach Eddie Jones will announce his starting XV on Thursday at 11:30 BST. 'Defence is costing us'. England 's results in 2018 have been described as a "horror show" by World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward. Defence and discipline are two areas of focus according to Youngs , with England conceding 12 penalties at Ellis Park and shipping five tries. "Defence has cost us a few times over the last five games and we've got to make sure we address that quickly," he added.

Ben Youngs has questioned why Wales were allowed to take a quick penalty before he was allowed on the pitch during England ’s 13-6 defeat on Saturday, with the home side taking full advantage of their opponents’ reduction to 13 men to score the only try of the match. Wales caught England out when Anthony Watson was given a yellow card by referee Pascal Gauzere for a deliberate knock-on, which coincided with scrum-half Willi Heinz leaving the field for a Head Injury Assessment (HIA). It momentarily left England down to 13, with Gauzere blowing his whistle to restart the game while

'We felt momentum was with us but it was our own undoing at times. Credit to Wales for capitalising but our discipline wasn't where we'd expect it to be. It was very similar to when we played Scotland.

'That's the most disappointing thing for me and it's something we need to get hold of quickly and eradicate from our game. There's no doubting the effort and the intensity...the boys went into it feeling physically great. Even against the odds, following those tries, we clawed our way back in which showed great character. Unfortunately once we got ourselves back in a position to kick on and try and win the game we coughed up too many easy points.'

Owen Farrell holding a racket: England's Owen Farrell felt his side had effort and intent but let Wales off too many times © Provided by Daily Mail England's Owen Farrell felt his side had effort and intent but let Wales off too many times

Captain Owen Farrell added: 'That is an issue for us and something we have to look at. I thought the effort was good today, the intent was good today but we can't let teams off that many times. It is the whole team's job to make sure to make sure we are looking after each other and we are all on the same page. We will look at that.'

England play France in a fortnight and the Six Nations is gone but Youngs is determined for England to sign off in style at Twickenham before their final game in Ireland.

He added: 'We've got a very proud record at Twickenham and our next game is vitally important. If we can recreate the energy and buzz we had and channel it with some discipline we'll be absolutely in the right spot to perform.'

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