England 13-27 South Africa: Eddie Jones says defeat was ‘fully my fault’

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones took cost of England in 2016, main them to the World Cup closing three years later in Japan

Eddie Jones stated England’s defeat by South Africa was “fully my fault” however believes they will have a “actually good go” at subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.

Head coach Jones apologised for the efficiency however stated his gamers have been nonetheless on target, 10 months out from the World Cup.

“We’re dissatisfied we did not play how we needed to,” Jones instructed Amazon Prime.

“South Africa do issues to you which are some instances troublesome to take care of.

“We did not land a shot like we needed to. It’s important to win contests and we did not win within the air or the set-piece, so it is arduous to get within the recreation.

“We misplaced two of the important thing contests however we’ll enhance in these areas. Outcomes let you know every thing and that’s what we’re judged by however I really feel like there’s development within the staff, which we now have seen, however wasn’t evident right this moment.”

Jones’ aspect have misplaced six of 12 Checks within the calendar 12 months, England’s worst run since 2008.

Defeat by the Springboks adopted a comeback draw towards New Zealand, a victory over Japan and a defeat by Argentina in a disappointing autumn schedule.

Requested if he was nonetheless assured in his potential to guide the aspect into subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in France, Jones stated: “I take into consideration the place we’re going in direction of a World Cup.

“Clearly we wish to win video games and achieve success however are we shifting in the correct path? Sure we’re.

“I’ve coached for plenty of years and I imagine I can coach effectively. Individuals will say what they are saying, and there are ups and downs in sport however we did not play effectively right this moment and I apologise for that, it is fully my fault.”

He added: “Clearly on outcomes, we’re not glad however I really feel like we’re constructing a very good base to have a very good go on the World Cup, a very good go.

“A variety of younger gamers acquired nice expertise right this moment and so they’ll come again higher gamers for that. We have got different gamers coming again to type, a few of our extra senior gamers and we’re not distant.

“We have to develop persistently. Check match rugby is all about consistency.”

‘The plan was clear’

Manu Tuilagi
Manu Tuilagi’s fiftieth cap introduced pleasure however frustration as South Africa thwarted England

England centre Manu Tuilagi, who gained his fiftieth cap, acknowledged that South Africa compelled England into errors.

“It was a troublesome recreation,” Tuilagi instructed Amazon Prime. “We needed to return out and assault, which I believed we did in the beginning however the Springboks have been powerful and bodily and so they put lots of stress on us. They compelled us to make errors and so they capitalised on it.

“The plan was clear however South Africa are a top quality aspect and so they put us beneath lots of stress. We weren’t ok right this moment and we now have to take it on the chin.

“We’re constructing properly. Generally it is arduous for individuals to see that however we positively imagine in that.”

England captain Owen Farrell, Tuliagi’s midfield accomplice, stated the aspect would come again stronger.

“It has not labored out for ourselves right this moment and we weren’t capable of present the very best of ourselves however we now have put in some good work over the previous 5 weeks and we now have to be sure that isn’t for nothing,” stated Farrell.

“We lacked a little bit of accuracy and chew at instances. The sport was actually sluggish to begin which they’re excellent at. We did not get our tooth caught in very similar to that Argentina recreation, we should study to do higher.”

South Africa ended the 12 months on a excessive after narrowly dropping in Eire and France earlier than beating Italy final weekend.

Captain Siya Kolisi, who lifted the World Cup in 2019, stated: “It’s a massive reduction for us. We’ve been working actually arduous over the previous few months.

“I do know some outcomes have not gone our method however we’re nonetheless grateful to get the sort of assist we’re getting from again dwelling.

“England have been powerful initially however we simply caught to our weapons and tweaked just a few issues.”