Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones says England have still not played their best
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By Becky Grey
BBC Sport at Japan
England head coach Eddie Jones says once they powered to attain a very first World Cup semi-final in 12 decades, that his side havent hit their best.
After a strong start from the Wallabies, England stormed having a functionality that prompted his new players to be compared by Jones to samurai.
The very ideal samurai needed a strategy they could adapt, he said. They had a serene head but were full of aggression.
We had been pretty similar to this now.
Jones added:But the challenge is how do we get better since there is always a much better samurai around the corner. We havent played at our best yet.
Thegreater samurai around the corner might be three-time champions New Zealand, who is Englands semi-final competitions after the All Blacks 46-14 victory against Ireland afterwards on Saturday.
England looked threatened when faced by the Wallabies, but presently recovered to direct 17-9 in half-time thanks to two tries from Jonny May.
Their advantage was cut down after a solo score out of Marika Koroibete, but attempts from Anthony Watson and Kyle Sinckler and 20 points in the boot of Owen Farrell sealed the win.
The only worrying sight for England fans was May pulling up just before full-time, apparently because of pain in his leg, but Jones said it was atwinge and the wingshould be fine.
England coped well so far recording their biggest winning margin in a World Cup knockout game.
With Jones particularly praising the row there were stand-out performances in England package.
After teaming up with Sam Underhill to carry on veteran Wallabies Michael Hooper and David Pocock tom Curry was named man of the match.
However, his plaudits were spared by Jones for number eight Billy Vunipola, who performed with 80 minutes after not taking part because of an ankle injury a week in full training.
The effort from Billy, provided hes just done a few coaching sessions, was outstanding, Jones explained.
Maybe its helped him having his wife here, therefore were definitely going to make certain his wife remains next week
George Ford in the starting XVs lack was the talking point after the team announcement on Thursday, together using the.
Rather, captain Owen Farrell began at 10.
The decision to include Slade, who hadnt played over a half rugby in five weeks due to a knee injury, seemed to be justified when the Exeter ago put a kick perfectly to install the second try of May.
Ford came off the bench in the 61st minute and also the Australian explained his operation wasspectacular.
Were delighted with the choice, Jones added. Slade did a excellent job and Ford came on and stuffed his job beautifully.
I did not fall Ford, I changed his role and it was outstanding. Are we currently vindicated? Were glad that he played his job well. Modern rugby is a game.
Whether he plays 10 next week, were unsure.
England captain Owen Farrell:I believed Australia made that a fantastic game. They attacked throughout but that our boys managed to find any field position and did well in defence. We all know when we have.
We did exactly what was needed. We had the direct and everything were throwing at us. We wanted to play the game and we did that in the second half.
England scrum-half Ben Youngs:Australia perform the way that they play, you understand they will chuck it about and they also brought us problems.
We stuck in there, once we pushed back them, the first key point was in the second half on our lineup, pushed them back. We were likely cruising in second gear in those first few matches, but we moved through the gears now.
England center Henry Slade:There were a couple of tacky periods both sides of this half-time but the center the boys showed then was massive. How we dug our heels and then moved on is a indication for the boys.
It was a really good performance and consequence, we could rest up today, watch the other 3 matches and get ready for the semi-finals.
Former England centre Mike Tindall played England, been requesting for a performance which leaves the loverswe can win this! Believe that was close!
Former England hooker Brian Moore: Really good performance by England. Facets of the triumph were that the decision-making and sport management – spot on.
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