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Sport 'There's always a better Samurai around the corner' - Jones

10:50  21 october  2019
10:50  21 october  2019 Source:   radionz.co.nz

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Eddie Jones has challenged his players to ‘become even better Samurai ,’ after a record-equalling 40-16 win over Australia sent them on their way to a showdown with New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday. The All Blacks thrashed Ireland 46-14 at the Tokyo Stadium.

There ' s always a better samurai around the corner , so we've got to continue to get better ." Having heaped praise on the Japanese tournament hosts since arriving in the country, Jones was once again complimentary following the quarterfinal in front of 36,954 in Oita.

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The semi-finalists have been found at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, but most people think the All Blacks clash with England will in essence be the final.

Wales and the Springboks round out the last four, but neither were impressive in the way they reached the semi-finals.

South Africa were the last team to qualify for the final four, ending the fairytale run of hosts Japan with a 26-3 win in Tokyo.

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"The best samurai had a plan they could adapt," he said. "They had a calm head but were full of aggression. "We were pretty much like that today." Jones added: "But the challenge is how do we get better because there ' s always a better samurai around the corner .

Eddie Jones warned his England team to be wary of the “ samurais lurking around the corner ” following their quarter-final victory over Australia at the I thought we were pretty much like that today, but the challenge is how do we get better because there ’ s always a samurai around the corner , so

The Boks were bruising on defence but offered very little on attack and coach Rassie Erasmus knows they'll need to be more consistent to push further into the tournament.

"Don't give soft moments away, then we have a chance. And be consistent, that's the biggest work-on for us."

Erasmus talks about the All Blacks, who they could meet in the final, but they'll have to get past Wales first in Yokohama on Sunday.

Steve Hansen, Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones are posing for a picture © RNZ / AFP

"They are definitely a team with a lot of X factor. They have a great coaching staff, and they have created depth in every single position. Yes, they have real confidence and good team spirit. They will be a real challenge for us."

Wales were even less convincing than South Africa, they needed a red card to the opposition and a last gasp try and conversion to get past a French team who had largely been a rabble before last night's quarter-final.

Coach Warren Gatland concedes they got lucky in Oita.

"I think the better team lost today. That red card was obviously significant.

"The thing about our boys is they didn't give up. They kept trying to the end."

Trying is one thing but winning is another and Gatland says they'll have to lift their standards significantly if they're to be a title threat.

"We need to go away and look at some critical areas. Some teams have been quite effective in playing against us and getting some success. We need to address that.

"But we're in a semi-final at the Rugby World Cup and you've got 240 minutes to do something for the rest of your life. And we're down to 160 now."

It's hard to see either the Springboks or Wales reaching the levels the All Blacks and England have, with the victor in Saturday's clash in Yokohama expected to go on and win the whole thing.

The England coach Eddie Jones is as confident as ever after crushing the Wallabies in their quarter-final, but he knows the All Blacks are a different beast and he's asking his players to find an even sharper edge for the semi-final.

"The best samurais were always guys who had a plan but could adapt. They had a calm head but are also full of aggression. I thought our guys were like that today. The challenge is how we get better because there's always a better samurai around the corner."

The All Blacks were equally if not more impressive in their dismantling of Ireland in their last eight match, and coach Steve Hansen says if they play to the best of their ability they have a pretty good shot at winning.

He says the challenge will be to stop his players from tightening up when the pressure comes on.

"We know they going to be tough, you don't win 18 test matches in a row without being a good team. And that's basically the team he has here.

"They are playing good footy, so they will be confident. As we will be, we are also playing good footy.

"We just have to make sure as a coaching and management group, that we create an environment where these guys can really express themselves come Saturday."

If both teams do that, it should make for one hell of a test match.

England must "climb that Everest again" to win World Cup, says Woodward .
England can win a second Rugby World Cup if they repeat "the intensity and precision" they showed in the 19-7 semi-final victory over New Zealand their 2003 tournament-winning coach Clive Woodward said. "If England play like they did against the All Blacks in the final on Saturday then I would say the World Cup is theirs," Mehrtens said in his column for The Times. "It is hard to see anybody beating them but the only team I could see staying with them are South Africa."New Zealand could at their best, but the Springboks' size and physique means that they can handle that side of the game.

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