Eng­land need to fix the break­down and show more con­trol

Ed­die Jones will be en­cour­aged by three in­di­vid­ual dis­plays but there is a lot for the coach to work on, writes Gavin Mairs

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The good Hughes’ finest hour and Un­der­hill’s de­fence

First, the pos­i­tives. In the ab­sence of Billy Vunipola, Nathan Hughes de­liv­ered the best dis­play of his Eng­land ca­reer, car­ry­ing de­struc­tively and de­fend­ing with men­ace.

He also showed breath­tak­ing skills for his try, catch­ing George Ford’s bril­liant cut-out pass in his right hand be­fore switch­ing it to his left as he pow­ered over the line.

Given Vunipola’s in­jury pro­file, in Hughes Eng­land now look to have top-drawer cover. “With Billy and him at No8 we’re in a pretty good sit­u­a­tion. Now we pos­si­bly have [Sam] Simmonds who can play there, which is great for us,” said Ed­die Jones, the head coach. Sam Un­der­hill’s de­fen­sive work also stood out, as he made 19 tack­les and ef­fected a num­ber of turnovers in a dis­play rem­i­nis­cent of Neil Back. His com­pe­ti­tion with Tom Curry, when fit again, for the No7 shirt will be fas­ci­nat­ing.

Alex Lo­zowski, whose sear­ing break for Semesa Roko­duguni’s try also lit up Twick­en­ham, just as the crowd had be­gun to show their lack of en­gage­ment with the ac­tion by switch­ing on the lights on their mo­bile phones.

Big im­pres­sion: Nathan Hughes scores and (left) the No 8’s match sta­tis­tics

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