Frustrated Jones is expecting better next weekend
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.”