Eng­land stomp South Africa

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

EVER-DE­MAND­ING Ed­die Jones wants even more from Eng­land af­ter they made it 10 wins out of 10 un­der him, the Aus­tralian coach say­ing, “We’re nowhere near good enough.”

Their Novem­ber 12 37-21 vic­tory over South Africa at Twick­en­ham came just af­ter a year since a World Cup where the tour­na­ment hosts failed to get out of the group stage.

That em­bar­rass­ment led the Rugby Football Union to ditch Stu­art Lan­caster and bring in for­mer Aus­tralia and Ja­pan coach Jones.

The im­prove­ment has been sig­nif­i­cant, with Jones guid­ing Eng­land to a Six Na­tions Grand Slam and a 3-0 series win in Aus­tralia this year.

And in the rain at Twick­en­ham, Eng­land ran in four tries as they beat the Spring­boks for the first time in a decade.

Eng­land were sharper than the Spring­boks, de­spite a lengthy in­jury list, but Jones be­lieves even bet­ter is to come.

“There’s al­ways been depth in Eng­land rugby,” said Jones. “I think it’s about the play­ers hav­ing more am­bi­tion.

“One of the most pleas­ing things for us is to have three of the six nom­i­na­tions [cen­tre Owen Far­rell, No 8 Billy Vu­nipola and lock Maro Itoje] for world player of the year now,” added Jones ahead of Sun­day’s World Rugby awards din­ner in Lon­don.

“When I took the job I had no ex­pec­ta­tions,” said Jones, who has over­seen Eng­land’s rise to sec­ond in the world rank­ings, be­hind New Zealand.

“All I knew was I was in­her­it­ing a very good side that was put to­gether by Stu­art Lan­caster that had oo­dles and oo­dles of tal­ent. My job was to make sure that tal­ent pro­duced per­for­mances.

“We’re start­ing to do that, but we’ve got to get bet­ter. We’re nowhere near good enough at the mo­ment.”

Eng­land con­ceded six penal­ties in the first 20 min­utes be­fore they ral­lied un­der cap­tain Dy­lan Hart­ley.

“It was good lead­er­ship by Dy­lan, Owen, Billy, they pulled ev­ery­one into line,” said Jones.

“Ba­si­cally my job is to make my­self re­dun­dant. When I’m re­dun­dant then the team’s go­ing to be func­tion­ing well.”

Eng­land’s depth was demon­strated by the per­for­mance of their two locks.

Joe Launch­bury was named manof-the-match, while Court­ney Lawes marked his 50th Test with a maiden in­ter­na­tional try.

Nei­ther would have started, how­ever, had the in­jured first-choice sec­ond-row pair­ing of Ge­orge Kruis and Itoje been fit.

“Court­ney’s played his 50th Test and his next 50 is go­ing to be bet­ter than his pre­vi­ous 50,” said Jones.

“Both of those guys did very well against what was a very good line-out.”

Eng­land con­tinue their end-ofyear pro­gram at home to Fiji on Novem­ber 19.

But with Ar­gentina ar­riv­ing at Twick­en­ham the fol­low­ing Satur­day, Jones could make changes ahead of Eng­land’s fi­nal Test of 2016 against Aus­tralia on De­cem­ber 3.

“We won’t just be ran­domly giv­ing caps to guys who didn’t play to­day, I can as­sure you of that,” said Jones.

The re­sult meant South Africa had lost five of their last six Tests.

In­di­vid­ual mis­takes cost the Spring­boks dear, with Eng­land scrumhalf Ben Youngs twice sell­ing dum­mies to set up tries for Ge­orge Ford and Far­rell.

“De­fen­sively we made two blun­ders and it cost us two tries, but they

‘My job was to make sure tal­ent pro­duces per­for­mances. We’re nowhere near good enough at the mo­ment.’

Ed­die Jones Eng­land man­ager

are things we can fix,” said South Africa coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee.

Af­ter Spring­bok lock Eben Etze­beth went off in the 33rd minute fol­low­ing a clash of heads with Vu­nipola, Eng­land scored 23 unan­swered points.

But Coet­zee, whose side con­tinue their Euro­pean tour against Italy in Florence, said, “There are no ex­cuses in terms of Eben’s in­jury.

“Eng­land were su­perb and they played the con­di­tions very well.”

Hav­ing come up against world cham­pi­ons New Zealand and Eng­land this year, Spring­bok cap­tain Adri­aan Strauss was well-placed to as­sess their mer­its.

“Both Eng­land and All Blacks are qual­ity teams,” the hooker said. –

Photo: AFP

Eng­land’s Joe Mar­ler (cen­tre) sup­ports dur­ing the rugby union test match be­tween Eng­land and South Africa at Twick­en­ham Sta­dium in south­west Lon­don on Novem­ber 12.

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