The bad Lack of discipline proves costly
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