“Look, I’m not sitting here thinking we have really big problems in the team. If we hadn’t gone out there today and dominated the game, I I might be sitting here thinking, ‘These guys here have every right to come after us. But I don’t need to fight today’ – Jones
By Michel Cantillon
Last update: 06/11/22 22:09
England head coach Eddie Jones believes his side will react well to their 30-29 loss to Argentina.
England head coach Eddie Jones says he sees no “real big problems” with his side despite their shock 30-29 loss to Argentina on Sunday, adding “there are too many penalties in rugby”.
Argentina winger Emiliano Boffelli netted 25 points as the Pumas secured their first win over England at Twickenham for 16 years as Jones’ side fell short.
Despite a lackluster display, riddled with errors, indiscipline and a lack of attacking advantage, Jones said he wasn’t worried.
“Yeah, a frustrating game. I thought we played really well at times, but then we made elementary mistakes, individual mistakes and we invited them back into the game,” he said afterward. the game.
“It’s hard to put your finger on it. It’s a great opportunity for us now because we’re under the pump which is good because I think we’re going to react very well. I’m looking forward to it. .
“Not [concerned] at all. No way. I think we play this game 100 times, and the result will not be the same.
“We don’t have to worry about confidence. I just want to repeat things well.
“I’ve seen enough good things from them [England squad], and some nonsense, which sometimes happens when you try too hard. As I said before the game, I think our attitude of being the best team possible is really good.
“We are seeing a trend in rugby at the moment, watching all games yesterday and today, where almost every possession ends in a penalty. Now we are up to 30 penalties per game. C That’s the reality of most Test matches.
“So we have this really stop-start game that the referee has a huge influence on.
“And when the ball is in play you have to play with such massive intensity and execution to get the most out of it, because the next game is going to decide a penalty.
“When you get to the position to score points, you have to score points.
“We want to be better at it. When I look at it, is it a structural problem in the system? Or individual decision-making errors? And if it’s [the latter], we will rebuild a good habit with the individual. We will get this change in behavior, but it will just take time.
“Look, I’m not sitting here thinking that we have very big problems in the team.
“If we hadn’t gone out there today and dominated the game – and I think we dominated the game for the most part – then I might be sitting here thinking, ‘those guys here have the right to come after us’.’
“But I don’t need to fight today because I feel like the team came out and played the way they wanted to play. But we made stupid mistakes.
“The World Cup is 11 months away. A lot can happen in 11 months.”
Argentina’s second winning try came from fly-half Santiago Carreras, who intercepted a loose ball after a pass from England skipper Owen Farrell went over the deck.
Farrell claimed a hit by prop Thomas Gallo at the time, and although TMO Marius Jonker checked to see if there had been contact, replays suggested there had been none.
Jones didn’t dwell on the decision when asked, but admitted his suspicions.
“Look, I’m not getting involved in this,” Jones said.
“He [referee Andrew Brace] made the decision, but when do you throw a pass and it goes that far behind? The best players in the world don’t do that. So probably something else happened.”
English player ratings
15Freddie Steward: Thrown some good runs and was tidy at the back, but ultimately silent in attack. 6/10
14 Jack Nowell: I tried to get involved but the game was way over his head. 5/10
13 Manu Tuilagi: Ran hard and made an impact before hobbling in the final quarter. I didn’t see the ball enough. 6/10
12Owen Farrell: Restored as captain but will want to get over that ASAP. 5/10
11Joe Cokanasiga: A shining light with his power and physique for England on an otherwise dull afternoon. 7/10
10Marcus Smith: Struggled to move the back line but far from being responsible for the unease that surrounded him. 5/10
9 Ben Young: Jack van Poortvliet provided more fizz so Youngs will struggle to keep his place. 5/10
1 Ellis Genge: The prop known as ‘Baby Rhino’ had a quiet afternoon, failed to carry enough, and was penalized in the scrum. 5/10
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie: The Exeter hooker battled a knee injury and watched the pace. 5/10
3Kyle Sinckler: A peripheral figure as Argentina ended their 10-game losing streak against England. 5/10
4 Alex Cole: The Northampton debutant got off to the wrong start and failed to recover. 5/10
5 Jonny Hill: The dean of the English second line hardly made a strong impression. 5/10
6Maro Itoje: He rarely excels when moved to the back row and this was no different. 5/10
7Tom Curry: England lacked intensity and Curry was as much to blame as anyone. 5/10
8 Billy Vunipola: A star in the 2-1 win over Australia in July, but unnamed here, who has struck multiple times. 5/10
Substitutes – Van Poortvliet scored 29 seconds after coming on and must start, but otherwise the English bench lacked punch. 5/10