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Sport Triumphant Jones says he has no sympathy for wounded Wallabies

22:40  19 october  2019
22:40  19 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Eddie Jones smiles during the warm up before the match. © REUTERS/Peter Cziborra Eddie Jones smiles during the warm up before the match. Oita: Eddie Jones said he doesn’t have much sympathy for the Wallabies after a seventh straight victory over Michael Cheika’s team and felt his own side were not at their best despite booking a spot in the World Cup semi-finals.

The Australian, who was sacked as Wallabies coach in 2005, was asked about the inevitable fallout for the men in gold following a 40-16 loss that could result in a major cleanout.

It is the second time in the last six World Cups the Wallabies have failed to make the semi-finals.

“It’s tough when you lose a game and particularly at this level at the World Cup,” Jones said. “At this moment, not a lot of sympathy, no, because I’m enjoying the win and I think I’m allowed to enjoy the win. Maybe later in the week I might, so ask me later in the week.”

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Since England, under then-coach Stuart Lancaster, were knocked out of the pool stages at the 2015 World Cup, Jones took England to a famous 3-0 series whitewash in 2016 in Australia and then three more comfortable wins before Saturday’s latest shellacking.

England’s track record of dominant second-half performances against the Wallabies continued as the northern hemisphere side ran out 23-7 winners in the second 40 minutes thanks to tries from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson in the 46th and 76th minutes.

Eddie Jones standing in front of a crowd: Hard-nosed: Eddie Jones was in no mood to offer consolations to Australia. © Getty Images Hard-nosed: Eddie Jones was in no mood to offer consolations to Australia. Jones praised the performance, particularly of playmakers Owen Farrell and then substitute George Ford, but said it was far from a complete performance.

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“We weren't at our best,” Jones said. “Australia played superbly the first 20 minutes. I'm so pleased for the players, they've worked hard to get this result. The good news for us is we can still improve.

“The challenge for us is how we get better next week. Semi-finals are always probably the toughest game of the tournament because you have two teams desperate to make the final. Everyone empties the tank and you’ve got to find some way in the week’s preparation to get a little bit better.”

The Wallabies had 64 per cent possession and 62 per cent territory but conceded 18 turnovers to England eight. They scored just the one try to England’s four and had chances to get themselves back in the game.

Instead, they will be back on a flight to Australia on Sunday with their World Cup campaign in tatters.

“Particularly in the first 20 minutes we really had to dig in,” Jones said. “They had a lot of possession … and they were attacking well and had field position. It was an important part of the game. We hung in there, got a bit of momentum back, took our opportunities well and went into half-time in a good position but then we made a couple of mistakes after half-time that let them back in the game. I was really impressed by the players’ ability to refocus and reset after we had a problem in the game.

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“We were pleased with [our] selection. [Numbers] 10, 12, and 13 [Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade] had a lot of defensive work early in the game and we thought that might happen.

“I thought George Ford came on in the second half and was absolutely spectacular. He filled his role superbly and kept turning Australia around when we needed to. He helped Owen with the tactical side of the game, particularly when the game was opening up.”

Jones also felt Tom Curry, who was named man of the match, and fellow back-rower Sam Underhill were fantastic.

“Australia is a big physical team and they play the two smaller guys, [Michael] Hooper and [David] Pocock, who over the last 10 years have been at the top level of fetching play," Jones said. "We had to compete in that area hard and I thought Curry and Underhill did really well.”

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