'Seduced by the scoreboard' or shell-shocked? How England collapsed again against Scotland

Eddie Jones enjoys cricketing analogies, so he might grudgingly acknowledge that England have developed a concerning habit of middle-order collapses.

On Saturday evening, following his team’s surrender from 31-0 ahead against Scotland, Jones drew parallels with Johannesburg last June and another defeat by Wales just three weeks ago. You could add the second Test in South Africa and November’s loss to New Zealand.

At least it had not happened in Japan at Rugby World Cup 2019, Jones suggested. In truth, though, England’s efforts this weekend felt oddly reminiscent of the manner in which they lost their way against Warren Gatland’s men in 2015.

On both occasions, composure and clarity deserted them…