Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones says England have still not played their best
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From Becky Grey
BBC Sport in Japan
England head coach Eddie Jones says that his side have not hit their finest yet after they driven beyond Australia to attain a World Cup semi-final in 12 years.
With a functionality that prompted his new own players to be compared by Jones samurai, England stormed into a win after a strong start in the Wallabies.
The best samurai had a plan they could adapt, he said. They had a serene mind but were full of aggression.
We were pretty much like this today.
Jones added:But the question is how do we get better since theres always a much better samurai round the corner. We have not played at our best yet.
Thebetter samurai around the corner might be three-time champions New Zealand, that will be Englands semi-final opponents after the All Blacks 46-14 victory against Ireland after on Saturday.
England looked threatened when confronted by the Wallabies with a fast start, but recovered to lead to two tries from Jonny May.
Their edge was cut down to one after a dazzling solo score from Marika Koroibete, but tries from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson and the win was sealed by 20 points in Owen Farrells boot.
The only worrying sight for England lovers was May pulling just before fulltime, seemingly because of pain in his legbut Jones said it had been atwinge and the wingought to be nice.
England coped with their test of the World Cup so far after cruising through the pool stages, documenting their largest winning margin in a World Cup knockout game.
There were performances in the forward package of England, with the back row being particularly praised by Jones.
After teaming up to take on veteran Wallabies Michael Hooper and David Pocock, tom Curry was named man of the game.
However, his plaudits were spared by Jones after not participate in full training because of an ankle injury for number eight Billy Vunipola, that performed 80 minutes.
The effort from Billy, given hes only done a few coaching sessions, was exceptional, Jones said.
Maybe it is helped him having his wife here, so were going to make sure his spouse stays next week
George Ford at the starting XVs absence was the talking point after the group statement on Thursday, together with all the.
Captain Owen Farrell began together with Manu Tuilagi the centers and Henry Slade, at 10.
The choice to include Slade, who had not played with over a half of rugby in five weeks because of a knee injury, appeared to be warranted when the Exeter again put a kick to set up the second attempt of May.
Ford came off the bench from the 61st minute and also the Australian said his performance wasspectacular.
We were delighted with the selection, Jones added. Slade did a great job and Ford came on and filled his job superbly.
I didnt fall Ford, I changed his character and it was brilliant. Are we vindicated? We are happy he also played his job well. Modern rugby is a game that is 23-man.
Whether he performs 10 next week, we are uncertain.
England captain Owen Farrell:I thought Australia made a brilliant game. They assaulted throughout but that our boys managed to get some field position and did well in defence. We know when we have.
We did exactly what was needed. We had the direct and Australia were throwing everything at us again. We wanted to play the game at our pace and we did this in the second half.
England scrum-half Ben Youngs:Australia perform how they play, you understand they will chuck it about and they also caused us difficulties.
We stuck in there, when we pushed them back the vital point was midway in the second half on the line, pushed them back. We were likely cruising in 2nd gear in those first few matches, but we went through the gears now.
England center Henry Slade:There were just a couple of sticky periods either side of this half-time however, the center the boys showed then was massive. How we dug our heels in and then proceeded on is a indication for those boys.
It was a really good performance and result, we can rest up today, watch the other three games and prepare for the semi-finals.
Former England centre Mike Tindall: Well played with Englandhave now been requesting for a performance that renders the loverswe can win this! Think that was fairly close!
Former England hooker Brian Moore: Really good performance by England. Facets of this win were the decision-making and game management – spot on.
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