Frus­trated Jones is ex­pect­ing bet­ter next week­end

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

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’s first Test try and Semesa Roko­duguni’s se­cond-half score earned vic­tory at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day, while Jones was caught by tele­vi­sion 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’s com­pa­tri­ots Aus­tralia next Satur­day in a match that will of­fer a sterner test.

He added: “We’re hop­ing Aus­tralia bring their ab­so­lute best game and (Eng­land will) 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. Far­rell, who is Jones’s 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.

“They just didn’t gel. Th­ese things hap­pen. Lit­er­ally we’ve had four train­ing ses­sions to­gether.

“That un­der­stand­ing comes from play­ing to­gether, you need time to­gether, so we’ll be so much bet­ter next week.”

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