Lancaster not giving up on title

Date published: March 2 2015

England head coach Stuart Lancaster hasn't given up hope of winning this year's Six Nations title despite defeat in Dublin.

Asked by reporters whether he felt England could still win the title, Lancaster didn't hesitate with his response.

“Absolutely. In every year there are very few Grand Slam teams. We’ve two games at home and Ireland have two games away," said Lancaster.

We were under no illusions of the challenge of the task. When you are playing against the calibre of Ireland and how many good players they have, it was going to be an arm wrestle. Experience counts and that showed I think.”

Lancaster was full of praise for Ireland after their comprehensive win, admitting that his side's slow first half and Robbie Henshaw's second-half try gave his side too much to do late on.

“Well done to Ireland in the win. It was a tight Test match, small margins. Trailing by 19-3 gave us a big hill to climb. Ireland put in the performance, deserved to win,” added Lancaster.

“I think there was an 8-4 penalty count at half-time. Ireland played a very good kicking territory game. They put a lot of ball in our half. I thought we were still in it and hadn’t really got our game going today.

“The late surge showed what we can do. There were a couple of key moments in the first half and in the second half but we played some good football and looked dangerous. Pity we didn’t get that try at the end. It would have been a fair reflection of the game.