Jones not look­ing on black side of de­feat

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

HEAD coach Ed­die Jones re­fused to be drawn on the con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion which de­nied Eng­land a memorable win over New Zealand at Twick­en­ham yes­ter­day.

Eng­land were trail­ing 16-15 af­ter 76 min­utes when Court­ney Lawes charged down TJ Per­e­nara’s kick and Sam Un­der­hill scooped up the ball be­fore surg­ing to a solo try.

How­ever, South African tele­vi­sion match official Mar­ius Jonker and French ref­eree Jerome Garces re­viewed the in­ci­dent and de­cided Lawes was off­side.

Jones said: “I don’t comment on those de­ci­sions. I’ll leave it up to that guy. If he can’t take the right de­ci­sion with 10 re­plays, who can?

“Some­times the game loves you and some­times the game doesn’t love you. We’ll get some love from the game fur­ther down the track.”

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said: “There was no doubt he’s off­side. What was go­ing through my mind was are they go­ing to be brave enough to make the right de­ci­sion? And they were.”

Un­der­hill told BBC Ra­dio 5 Live: “I don’t know what I was think­ing when I went over.

“I wasn’t watch­ing the screen. At times like that we don’t watch the de­ci­sion, we look to the next job.

“When it got brought back it was what it was but it’s those small mar­gins.” It was a first meet­ing be­tween Eng­land and New Zealand, win­ners of the last two World Cups, in four years and many ex­pected the All Blacks to trounce their in­jury-de­pleted hosts. But af­ter­wards it was Jones who in­sisted Eng­land were on course for World Cup glory af­ter the ag­o­nis­ing de­feat. Tries from Chris Ash­ton and Dy­lan Hart­ley helped Eng­land to a 15-0 lead af­ter 25 min­utes, which the All Blacks eroded with a flour­ish at the end of the first half.

Beau­den Bar­rett’s penalty saw New Zealand take the lead for the first time in the game af­ter 60 min­utes and they did not re­lin­quish it.

Jones ac­cen­tu­ated the pos­i­tives and looked ahead to next year’s World Cup in Ja­pan.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed, but we’re ex­cited about where we’re go­ing,” Jones added.

“We’ll learn a lot from that to­day. We had op­por­tu­ni­ties to win the game, we didn’t take them, they did. They de­served to win the game.

“It’s a re­ally good step for­ward. You bench­mark your­self against New Zealand. New Zealand are the best team in the world.

“We’ve got to fix the things that didn’t work to­day. If we do that, we’re on the road to be­ing the best team in the world, which is what we set out to be.”

Jones felt Eng­land were in the

De­jec­tion for Owen Far­rell and Newcastle Falcons’ Mark Wil­son fol­low­ing the de­feat by the All Blacks. (In­set left) Ed­die Jones

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