Jones pleased by England’s set-piece

Date published: February 7 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones credited his side's lineout and scrum for securing a tight win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Led by Dylan Harltey, England lost just one of their 15 throws at the lineout and sealed the contest with a scrum penalty late on.

Jones had no qualms with England's 'pragmatic' approach which meant they didn't play with as much width as he would have wanted.

"It won us the game in the end. Our lineout was very good in the second half and our scrum really came to life," Jones told reporters.

He added: "It was always going to be a difficult game, we knew that. We had two weeks together, we were virtually a new team doing new things and I'm really pleased with our application in the second half. Our defence was outstanding and there were some really good individual performances.

"In all honesty, I always thought we were going to win the game. The only way we weren't going to win the game was if we did something silly.

"We wanted to move the ball more, we were practising that, we weren't able to do that and had to play a different way, and that's pragmatic football."

Jones also singled out number eight Billy Vunipola for individual praise after his Man of the Match performance. Vunipola finished with an impressive 19 carries and was England's biggest threat with the ball in hand throughout.

Jones said: "Yeah he's pretty handy, Billy. He's not bad is he? He played really well and his work-rate was fantastic, good carries, good defence."

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