Jones vents frus­tra­tion at Eng­land’s

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Eng­land Head Coach Ed­die Jones dur­ing the Au­tumn In­ter­na­tional at Twick­en­ham ENG­LAND AR­GENTINA 21 8

HEAD coach Ed­die Jones says he was en­ti­tled to show frus­tra­tion as rusty Eng­land opened their au­tumn cam­paign with a scrappy 21-8 win over Ar­gentina.

Nathan Hughes’ first Test try and Semesa Roko­duguni’s sec­ond-half score earned vic­tory at Twick­en­ham yes­ter­day, while Jones was caught by TV slam­ming down his note­book and voic­ing his dis­plea­sure at one point.

“I don’t see there’s any rea­son why I shouldn’t be frus­trated,” Jones said.

“We want to play well. We want to play good rugby.

“It was a grindathon. They played well. We were off the pace a lit­tle bit, but I thought there were some things we did really well.

“The re­al­ity is we haven’t played a game since March to­gether. We had play­ers com­ing back from the Li­ons who have done two train­ing ses­sions with us.

“Our flu­ency and our un­der­stand­ing wasn’t there, which is un­der­stand­able.”

Eng­land play Jones’ com­pa­tri­ots Aus­tralia next Sat­ur­day in a match which will of­fer a sterner test.

He added: “We’re hop­ing Aus­tralia bring their ab­so­lute best game. And see where we’re at.

“We’ve got a very clear vi­sion of how we want to play against Aus­tralia. It should be fun.”

Eng­land rested Maro Itoje and Owen Far­rell, who acted as wa­ter car­rier.

One of the ar­eas which Jones pointed to as need­ing to im­prove was the mid­field axis of George Ford, who kicked 11 points, Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph. And Far­rell, who is Jones’ pre­ferred in­side cen­tre, is widely ex­pected to re­turn against the Wal­la­bies.

Jones added: “He did a great job as wa­ter boy. You should never do a good job at the job you’re given. He could be a good wa­ter boy next week.”

On the Eng­land mid­field, Jones said: “It’s that un­der­stand­ing be­tween your 10-12-13. It wasn’t quite there to­day.

“They just didn’t gel. These things

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