Jones urges Australia to bring 'A game'

England head coach Eddie Jones says he hopes Australia bring their ‘best game’ to Twickenham next weekend after seeing his side seal a 21-8 victory over Argentina in the opening game of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.

Tries from Nathan Hughes and Semesa Rokoduguni helped England to victory at Twickenham Stadium in a performance Jones described as “off the pace”.

And he wants next Saturday’s opponents to fully test his side who are now unbeaten in 21 of their 22 games under his guidance.

“The reality is we haven’t played a game together since March and with all the players coming back from the Lions our fluency and understanding wasn’t quite there,” said Jones.

“I thought it was a good win. In the 78th minute we were 21-3 up against a team who at the 60-minute mark were leading the All Blacks. You can’t underestimate them, people say they are not a good team but they are a good team.

"They showed that today and it was a great contest for us."We are hoping Australia bring their absolute best game so we can see where we are at."

“We are hoping Australia bring their absolute best game so we can see where we are at. That is what these games are for.

“We know how we want to play against Australia, we have a clear vision, it should be fun.”

Lack of cutting edge

Jones admitted to being frustrated with some of his side’s play, believing they were not clinical enough, but recognised with seven players returning into the side from the British & Irish Lions tour, as well as there being new combinations on the pitch, it was always going to be hard for the side to gel.

“We want to play well and play good rugby so I was a little frustrated,” said Jones.

“I think we had opportunities to score more points and we just couldn’t put it away, every time we created something a pass would go astray, we lacked that understanding but the great thing is we created those opportunities."Sam Underhill is a good little player and he’ll only get better."

“It was one those games, at half-time we needed to tidy up, we gave away a few silly penalties. We’ll be better next week and need to finish those opportunities.”

Jones praised flanker Sam Underhill for an impressive performance, adding he is increasing the depth of the squad with every match.  

“Sam Underhill is a good little player and he’ll only get better,” he said. “He looks like he can be a genuine number seven for us. In terms of increasing the depth of the squad I think we’ve done that today.”

 


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