JONES DE­FENDS FAR­RELL AS ENG­LAND EYE SIX NA­TIONS

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ED­DIE JONES has de­fended Owen Far­rell’s tackle tech­nique as the spot­light once again fell on Eng­land’s co-cap­tain in a con­clu­sive vic­tory over Aus­tralia.

The Wal­la­bies were over­run 37-18 in the cli­max to the Quil­ter In­ter­na­tion­als at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day with the no-arms chal­lenge by Far­rell on lock Izack Rodda pro­vok­ing a fu­ri­ous re­sponse from Michael Cheika.

Aus­tralia’s head coach de­clared the de­ci­sion by ref­eree Jaco Peyper not to con­sult the TMO as “lu­di­crous” and Sir Clive Wood­ward in­sisted a penalty try should have been awarded.

Far­rell es­caped pun­ish­ment for a sim­i­lar shoul­der-led tackle in stop­page time of the 12-11 vic­tory over South Africa that opened the au­tumn se­ries, but Jones is sat­is­fied with his fly-half ’s ap­proach.

“The ref­eree said it was good. When he says it’s not good, we’ll have a chat about it,” said Jones.

“When you hit peo­ple hard, you place your­self at risk. And he hits peo­ple hard. I like peo­ple be­ing hit hard.

“There’s a judge­ment area all the time. Ob­vi­ously we want to be within the laws.

“Owen doesn’t try to tackle out­side of the laws so he’ll keep on work­ing on that.”

Even had a penalty try been given and Far­rell re­ceived a yel- low or red card, a sixth suc­ces­sive vic­tory over Aus­tralia was vir­tu­ally as­sured due to Eng­land’s dom­i­nance of the Cook Cup show­down.

Jonny May, El­liot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Far­rell ran in tries to com­plete a suc­cess­ful au­tumn scarred only by a nar­row de­feat to New Zealand.

Eng­land were de­pleted by in­jury yet still posted wins against South Africa, Ja­pan and the Wal­la­bies, in the process un­cov­er­ing a new star in gi­ant 21-year-old wing Cokanasiga and con­firm­ing the rise of ma­raud­ing prop Kyle Sinck­ler.

Cokanasiga al­most plun­dered a sec­ond but was stopped short of the line fol­low­ing a run that evoked mem­o­ries of Jonah Lomu, but Jones is wary of draw­ing com­par­i­son with the All Blacks great af­ter just two caps.

“Lomu nearly won a World Cup for New Zealand. When Joe nearly wins a World Cup for us, then you can start talk­ing about Lomu,” said Jones.

“We took a punt on Joe to come through and he has done ex­cep­tion­ally well. The big thing now is how hard he works on his game.

“He’s got to go back to his club Bath and work hard. He has to be ab­so­lutely bril­liant at the ba­sics.

“If he does that, he’s got a chance to see his ca­reer flour­ish­ing, but like ev­ery young player you need guid­ance.”

Eng­land’s next as­sign­ment is against Six Na­tions cham­pi­ons Ire­land in Dublin on Fe­bru­ary 2, with re­venge fore­most in the mind af­ter Joe Sch­midt’s side sealed the Grand Slam at Twick­en­ham last sea­son.

“We owe them one. I’m not wor­ried about win­ning the Six Na­tions, I’m wor­ried about Ire­land. We play them first up so it’s the most im­por­tant game we’ve got com­ing up,” said Jones. “They’re the top team in Europe now. We want to be the top team in Europe. It’s pretty sim­ple.”

Manu Tuilagi, mean­while, feared his body might be­tray him even dur­ing the warm-up for Eng­land’s re­sound­ing vic­tory over Aus­tralia.

Tuilagi made his first Test ap­pear­ance for two years af­ter step­ping off the bench in the em­phatic win, his en­try on to the pitch greeted with an ap­pre­cia­tive roar from the Twick­en­ham crowd.

The pow­er­ful Le­ices­ter cen­tre fi­nally over­came the groin strain that had pre­vented him from fea­tur­ing in the pre­vi­ous three Quil­ter In­ter­na­tion­als to play a cameo role in scat­ter­ing the Wal­la­bies.

But af­ter years spent re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing se­ri­ous groin, knee, ham­string and pec­toral in­juries, he was con­cerned he might break down again.

When asked if he had doubts that his body would hold up, Tuilagi said: “Al­ways. I was ner­vous through­out the whole thing, the team run.

“We had a mas­sive ses­sion on Wed­nes­day and that was the ses­sion that if I got through it, be­cause it was con­tact and a fast game, I would be all right for the game and thank God I got through it.

“We still had the team run on Fri­day and then the warm up be­fore the game. All the stuff goes through your head.

“But the main thing was that I knew the groin strain was a lit­tle one. It was an­noy­ing but it has hap­pened be­fore so there is no point be­ing down about it.”

Owen hits peo­ple hard. I like peo­ple be­ing hit hard. Eng­land head coach Ed­die Jones does not want Owen Far­rell to curb his en­thu­si­asm.

ENG­LAND were de­clared wor­thy win­ners by Michael Cheika but the Aus­tralia coach raged at yet an­other con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion at Twick­en­ham this au­tumn.

Ed­die Jones’ men were em­phatic 37-18 win­ners in the con­clud­ing Quil­ter In­ter­na­tional af­ter sec­ond-half tries from El­liot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Owen Far­rell swept them out of sight.

But once more the spot­light fell on the of­fi­ci­at­ing af­ter ref­eree Jaco Peyper de­clined to pun­ish Far­rell for a shoul­der-led tackle on Izack Rodda as he stopped the on­rush­ing Wal­la­bies lock on the stroke of half-time.

Peyper de­clined to use the TMO for a chal­lenge that Sir Clive Wood­ward said should have been a penalty try – an out­come which would have thrust Aus­tralia 17-13 ahead with a con­ver­sion to come.

Far­rell es­caped sanc­tion for a sim­i­lar tackle in the au­tumn opener against South Africa, while a week later Eng­land were de­nied vic­tory against New Zealand when a late try was ruled out by the TMO.

“I think it was a penalty try, yeah. I do. I want to make it clear that Eng­land were the bet­ter team. They de­served to win and had us un­der pres­sure for many min­utes of the game,” said Cheika.

“But the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion that Rodda tried to take him on with his shoul­der is lu­di­crous – that’s what the ref­eree said. That’s what you do when you carry the ball!

“I went to the referees’ meet­ing they had here be­fore the Wales game at the start of the au­tumn and they re­ferred back to the Owen Far­rell tackle against South Africa.

“At the meet­ing An­gus Gar­diner (ref­eree of Eng­land v South Africa) was hung out to dry when it was said in front of all the coaches that that should cat­e­gor­i­cally have been a penalty. And if that’s a penalty, this is three penal­ties.

“We had three dis­al­lowed tries and not one re­fer­ral. Maybe we need to move Aus­tralia up to the north­ern hemi­sphere.”

Jones adopted the same line he has used through­out the au­tumn when asked for his view on the of­fi­ci­at­ing of Far­rell’s tackle by re­fus­ing to crit­i­cise the of­fi­cials.

“You guys love the TMO, I don’t. I just ac­cept what­ever de­ci­sion the TMO makes and that is the end of it,” said Jones.

“We have had some good de­ci­sions, we have had some bad de­ci­sions, we just ac­cept them.

“Speak to Michael about it. I’m sure he’ll talk about it. Why talk to me about Michael Cheika?”

Cokanasiga ran in Eng­land’s third try as the poor­est Aus­tralia team seen at Twick­en­ham for some time be­gan to fall apart and the 21-year-old Bath pow­er­house al­most added a sec­ond with a bril­liant catch and run.

Jones added: “Joe’s just start­ing. He’s still got his train­ing pants on. Wait un­til he gets proper pants.

“He’ll be able to play a bit. He’ll def­i­nitely get them. He’s go­ing shop­ping now.”

Apart from los­ing their way in the sec­ond quar­ter, Eng­land dom­i­nated the Cook Cup show­down with man of the match Kyle Sinck­ler, Jonny May and Cokanasiga out­stand­ing.

Vic­tory was se­cured against one of the poor­est Wal­laby teams seen at Twick­en­ham in re­cent years, the tourists en­fee­bled by the loss of David Po­cock to a neck in­jury and tu­mul­tuous build up due to se­nior play­ers Kurt­ley Beale and Adam Ash­ley-Cooper be­ing dis­ci­plined for bring­ing women back to their ho­tel rooms.

Among the big­gest roars of the af­ter­noon was re­served for Manu Tuilagi, who fi­nally made his first Test ap­pear­ance for two years as a fi­nal-quar­ter re­place­ment hav­ing over­come a groin strain.

It took just 133 sec­onds for Eng­land to take the lead as Mark Wil­son broke from a rapidly ad­vanc­ing scrum and fed Ben Youngs, who took a few steps be­fore sup­ply­ing May with a sim­ple try.

Aus­tralia ran aim­lessly at times with only the kick­ing of Matt Toomua ask­ing any ques­tions be­fore that dis­al­lowed try.

A bril­liant line taken by the glid­ing Is­rael Fo­lau helped nar­row the gap to three points, but he found the hole between Far­rell and Maro Itoje too eas­ily amid a gen­eral de­crease in de­fen­sive ag­gres­sion from Ed­die Jones’s men.

Once a large scuf­fle had died down early in the sec­ond half, Eng­land surged back in front with a try out of noth­ing, Far­rell seem­ing to run out of op­tions un­til Daly be­gan a per­fectly-timed run that saw his raw pace sweep him over the white­wash.

Day­light was opened up when an at­tack down the left was re­vived by a weak tackle from Haylett-Petty, who bounced off Cokanasiga to create a gap that the pow­er­ful Bath wing sped through.

The re­sult was sealed when Far­rell sped through a vast hole in Aus­tralia’s dis­in­te­grat­ing de­fence, be­fore Fo­lau had the fi­nal say in in­jury time with a con­so­la­tion ef­fort.

3 Num­ber of wins Eng­land have claimed from four games this au­tumn, their only de­feat com­ing against New Zealand.

PIC­TURES: PAUL HARD­ING/PA

IM­PACT PLAY­ERS: Owen Far­rell cel­e­brates scor­ing Eng­land’s fourth try which put the seal on an em­phatic win. In­set, Joe Cokanasiga, crossed the try line for his sec­ond-half score against Aus­tralia.

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