The bad Lack of dis­ci­pline proves costly

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The con­ces­sion of 10 penal­ties by Eng­land was not ex­ces­sive in terms of av­er­ages, but Jones’s foul-mouthed out­burst of frus­tra­tion in the coach’s box was in­dica­tive of the dam­age to his hopes of build­ing mo­men­tum and pres­sure.

There was a pe­riod in the first half when they con­ceded three quick penal­ties, one each at the scrum, maul and break­down. And Jones’s pas­sion­ate re­ac­tion, caught on TV, was no sur­prise, as Un­der­hill was pe­nalised for play­ing the ball on the floor mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Luck­ily for Eng­land, Ar­gentina’s goal-kick­ing lacked pre­ci­sion.

“How frus­trated? Throw­ing stuff? That is pretty frus­trated,” said Jones af­ter­wards of his out­burst. “I don’t see any rea­son why I shouldn’t be frus­trated. You’re al­ways go­ing to get that when play­ers come from club rugby to in­ter­na­tional rugby, with a ref­eree who has a dif­fer­ent view of how the tackle should be played, so you just have to get used to it.”

Er­ror: No 7 Sam Un­der­hill is pe­nalised for play­ing the ball on the floor

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