THE BEST BY FARR
Eddie Jones hails his ‘Mr Angry’ as greatest player he has coached
EDDIE JONES hailed his own Mr Angry as Owen Farrell hit the Aussies for six and took this series to a decider in Sydney next week.
Farrell has been sparky all tour after being stripped of the captaincy and was fuming after last weekend’s 30-28 reverse in Perth.
But the 30-year-old turned his fury on the Australians in Brisbane, kicking 20 points, including six penalties, to set up the climax at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Farrell set the tone by stripping the ball off huge Australian centre Samu Kerevi as England got on the front foot early.
And he twisted the knife into the Australians with his boot before England’s kids survived a second-half Wallabies rally.
And boss Jones, who has been around the international coaching block for more than 20 years, revealed Farrell is the biggest Test-match animal he has seen.
Jones said: “Owen is Owen, he never changes. He is angry, hates the world and is the best competitor I have ever coached.
“He fights hard, loves the battle, drives standards and he is an incredible player.”
not the only one on fire. His Saracens club-mate Billy Vunipola looked reborn in only his second Test match since last March and Ellis Genge won his battle with Taniela Tupou – the so-called Tongan Thor. Jack Nowell was all over the place off his wing and
flanker Sam Underhill had Aussie skipper
Michael Hooper on the rack before being replaced after a head bang.
Vunipola’s carrying from No.8 was off the scale and he looks back to his best.
Jones (left), who has ruled out key man Maro Itoje for the finale with a head knock and is sweating on the availability of Underhill, added: “He is getting fitter, he gets fitter every week.
“He has got a little while to go, he is probably up to 95 percent, but I am pleased with his progress.
“We picked him on the back of his improving club form and he is getting better each week.
“With us he is getting fitter, his level of commitment to be the best player he can be is improving and he had a good look in his eyes before the game. He is only going to get better.”
England had new caps in wing Tommy Freeman and centre Guy Porter, plus a rookie scrum-half in Jack van Poortvliet but weathered a second-half Australian storm.
England had led 7-0 early on after Big Billy crashed over the line and 19-0 just before the break.
Then Tupou, the 21-stone Australian tighthead, scored.
That was the only highlight for Tupou as Genge put him away all game after a week of trash talking.
Kerevi then edged the Aussies closer, Marcus Smith went to the bin for a deliberate knock-on and England were then wobbling at 22-17 up.
But skipper Courtney Lawes, who had another impressive game, rallied the troops for one last stand and the bench came on to shore up the defence.
Veteran scrum-half Danny Care was one of the cavalry and used his nous and tactical kicking game to get England over the line.
The first 30 minutes had been breathtaking by England, the last 15 were backbreaking, but just as impressive.
Jones added: “They stuck together, we had three new caps out there at the end of the game and to play with that level of toughness is really encouraging for the future. This will be one of the great experiences you have – you get a bit smarter, you
can do your ninetimes table instead of your six-times table and you keep going up.”