Dylan Hartley learns England 'not the finished article' after Six Nations
Last Updated: 19/03/17 8:56pm
England's first defeat in 16 months at the hands of a depleted Ireland side on Saturday was a "reality check", says captain Dylan Hartley.
Eddie Jones' side were beaten 13-9 in Dublin to deny them a second successive Grand Slam and halting a tier-one record of 19 consecutive wins, four months after Ireland prevented world champions New Zealand from reaching the same milestone.
"It's a reality check," Hartley said. "We have got to take the positives from it and how I see that is that we are not the finished article.
"There will be lessons to be learnt from this game. It will keep us focused and working hard to improve."
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England had already claimed this year's Six Nations championship ahead of Saturday's match, but Hartley - who lifted the trophy after the game - admitted their triumph was tarnished by the defeat.
"We don't have a game next week to rectify and put things straight. It's a bad taste. But we set out to win the championship and we've done that," the New Zealand-born hooker added.