Ed­die in four-let­ter fury over ‘grindathon’

The Rugby Paper - - Front Page - ■ By GARY FITZGER­ALD

ED­DIE Jones last night con­demned his side’s lat­est de­feat of the Pu­mas as “a grindathon” af­ter blow­ing his top at them at Twick­en­ham.

The head coach lost his rag dur­ing the 21-8 vic­tory and at one stage slammed his notebook and pen down in anger, scream­ing “that’s f***ing stupid”.

He man­aged to calm him­self down a lit­tle after­wards but was still an­noyed that his men had made so many ba­sic er­rors and huffed and puffed to fi­nally blow Ar­gentina away in the open­ing home Au­tumn clash.

Jones, des­per­ate to avoid a re­peat dis­mal dis­play against Aus­tralia in six days time, com­plained: “It was a grindathon! We were well off the pace. We haven’t played a game to­gether since March and it showed. The flu­id­ity and un­der­stand­ing just weren’t there.

“There were too many way­ward passes and we gave away too many soft penal­ties. The un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Nos 10, 12 and 13 wasn’t quite there. We want to play well and play good rugby.

“I haven’t seen re­plays of what I did in my seat. How frus­trated? Throw­ing stuff? That’s frus­trated! I can’t see why I wouldn’t be frus­trated at that per­for­mance.

“We took time to ad­just and need to tidy up a few

things if we are go­ing to beat Aus­tralia. But I know we will be bet­ter. We’ve only had four train­ing ses­sions to­gether and the boys take time to gel.

“We have a clear vi­sion of how we want to play against Aus­tralia...and we will put that vi­sion into ac­tion. That will be an­other game on a dif­fer­ent level, but we will be ready.”

Cap­tain Dy­lan Hart­ley ad­mit­ted: “It was not a pretty win but the win was the main thing. We need to work hard in train­ing to get bet­ter for next week. And there’s cer­tainly plenty to work on! The team is still gelling with a few changes but we have to be ready for what the Aussies will bring.”

Eng­land strug­gled to get out of sec­ond gear against an Ar­gen­tinian team they were beat­ing for a third time in a row. The 21-8 vic­tory, thanks to tries from Nathan Hughes and Semesa Roko­duguni, took their run to 21 wins from 22 Tests. But it also came at a cost with Mike Brown look­ing set to miss the clash with the Wal­la­bies af­ter leav­ing the field with a head in­jury.

The full-back was re­moved from the ac­tion af­ter be­ing hit in the air by Pu­mas No.15 Joaquin Tu­culet while try­ing to catch the ball.

Jones was unhappy Tu­culet es­caped with just a sin bin. He said: “We lost a man for a whole game. They lost one for ten min­utes.”

Jones was at least pleased with the per­for­mance of ex­cit­ing young flanker Sam Un­der­hill who was win­ning his sec­ond cap and said: “Sam Un­der­hill is a good lit­tle player and will only get bet­ter. He looks like he could be a gen­uine No.7 for us.”

Try scorer Hughes was one of the stand-out play­ers and is clearly en­joy­ing his chance to con­tinue filling in for the in­jured Billy Vu­nipola hav­ing toured Ar­gentina in the sum­mer.

The Wasps man said: “Credit to the boys for get­ting me over the white­wash, I’m happy I caught the ball. There was a lot of glue on my hands.

“As a No.8 you are a go­for­ward per­son. If you do that you’ve done your job for the team, and the backs can run in the tries. I thought I put my­self in that sit­u­a­tion today. I got my hands on the ball as much as pos­si­ble.”

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