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 as soon as they powered to achieve a first World Cup semi-final in 12 years, his side have not hit their best.
Having a performance which prompted his new players to be compared by Jones to samurai, England stormed Following a solid start in the Wallabies.
The ideal samurai had a strategy they could accommodate, he explained. They had a calm mind but were filled with aggression.
We were pretty similar to this today.
Jones added:But the challenge is how do we get better since there is always a better samurai round the corner. We have not played at our best
Thegreater samurai around the corner could be three-time champions New Zealand, that will be Englands semi-final opponents after the All Blacks 46-14 victory against Ireland afterwards on Saturday.
England looked threatened when confronted by the Wallabies with a start, but presently recovered to direct .
Their benefit was cut after a dazzling solo score from Marika Koroibete, however, attempts from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson and 20 points in Owen Farrells boot sealed the win.
The only stressing sight for England fans was May pulling up just before fulltime, apparently because of pain from his leg, but Jones said it had been atwinge and the wingought to be nice.
England coped well so much after cruising through the pool stages, recording their biggest winning margin in a World Cup knockout game.
There were stand-out performances in England package, together with Jones particularly praising the row.
After teaming up with Sam Underhill to carry on veteran Wallabies Michael Hooper and David Pocock, tom Curry was named man of the match.
But his highest plaudits were rescued by Jones for amount eight Billy Vunipola, that played with 80 minutes after not participate due to an ankle injury sustained from Argentina last week in full training.
The effort from Billy, given hes only done a couple of coaching sessions, was exceptional, Jones explained.
Maybe it is helped him having here, therefore were going to make certain his spouse remains next week.
The lack of George Ford at the XV was the major talking point after the team statement on Thursday, together with all the.
Captain Owen Farrell began with Manu Tuilagi the centers and Henry Slade, at 10.
The option to include Slade, who hadnt played with over a half rugby in five weeks due to 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 in the 61st minute and the Australian stated his performance had beendramatic.
Were delighted with the selection, Jones added. Slade did a terrific job and Ford arrived and stuffed his job superbly.
I didnt drop Ford, I altered his character and it was outstanding. Are we currently vindicated? We are glad he played his role well. Modern rugby is a 23-man game.
Whether he plays 10 next week, were unsure.
England captain Owen Farrell:I believed Australia made a fantastic game. They assaulted throughout however, that our boys did well in defence and was able to find some field position off the back of it. We all know when we have.
We did what was required. We had the lead and everything threw at us again. We wanted to play with the game at our speed and we did this in the second half.
England scrum-half Ben Youngs:Australia play how they play, you know theyll throw it about and they brought us problems.
We stuck in there, when we pushed back them the first key thing was in the second half on the lineup, pushed them back. We were likely cruising in 2nd gear in those first few matches, but we moved through the gears now.
England centre Henry Slade:There were a few tacky periods either side of the half-time however the center the boys showed then was enormous. How we moved on and dug our heels in is a sign for the boys.
It was a great performance and result, we could rest up today, watch the other three matches and get ready for the semi-finals.
Former England centre Mike Tindall played with England, been requesting for a performance which leaves the lovers goingwe can win this! Think that was pretty close!
Former England hooker Brian Moore: Very good performance by England. Aspects of the triumph were sport direction and the decision-making – spot on.
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