Eddie Jones challenges England to secure victory against South Africa but faces waiting for Owen Farrell
Eddie Jones challenges England to secure victory against South Africa, but will have to wait to find out if Owen Farrell will be available.
- Eddie Jones has asked his England team to beat South Africa
- Jones faces a wait to find out if Owen Farrell is fit to star
- Jamie George will also undergo a scan after he was pulled at halftime.
- Jones believes the Marcus Smith and Farrell axis will play out well
Eddie Jones has challenged his England players to secure the scalps of world champions Springboks next week, but he faces a nervous wait for Owen Farrell’s fitness.
Captain Farrell limped off in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Australia, and hooker Jamie George also retired at halftime.
Both players will undergo scans before the fall final against South Africa, with Jones desperate to finish the campaign on top.
Eddie Jones has challenged England to beat South Africa after beating Australia
“They are the World Cup champions and we are not,” Jones said. “It is an important test and we want to finish the autumn well, it is the last game of the autumn and we will see it as a final and we want to face them. We will have to play differently to beat them. It is the last game and we want to enter the Six Nations with the South African scalp ”.
With the double whammy of injury added to the covid-forced withdrawals of Joe Marler and Ellis Genge, Jones praised his team’s resilience as they clinched an eighth straight win over Australia.
“We had two positives from Covid, we had a young mainstay that came in on Thursday and we made him the starter and we lost Jamie at halftime,” he added.
Jones faces eager wait for the fitness of Owen Farrell, who injured his ankle
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Both yellow cards were wise decisions. There was clear contact with Jamie George’s head from Tommy Wright, and it was foul play, but there were enough mitigating factors for it not to be a red card.
Angus Bell then clearly raised Courtney Lawes’ feet above horizontal, but did not bring him down safely. Lawes landed on his side, making it a yellow card. If it had landed on his head or neck, it would have been red.
“Kyle Sinckler suffered a bad leg in the first half, so we had to fight hard and I was very satisfied with the attitude of the players. We predicted a more fluid game, as Australia likes to play, but it turned out to be a strong penalty game and I was pleased with how we adjusted.
“For sure we are going to need to be better, especially in terms of penalty counts because that is an area against South Africa where we would be in a lot of trouble. We look good up front and it’s just about maintaining that momentum and building it up. ”
Jones will be desperate for another chance to test his new midfield axis from Marcus Smith and Farrell, who started long before the game broke down.
Jones believes the Marcus Smith and Farrell partnership will be fruitful
“They’re a bit like two opening hitters who haven’t hit together and are facing the new ball for the first time,” Jones added.
“Every time they hit together after this, they’ll be better, but I thought our first attempt was one of the best I’ve seen on an England team.
Both have to be chosen, but the competition on this team is red hot. We know Owen is a good player. That was his 100th test, including the Lions, and he is approaching 100 with England.
“We know he is a good player and we know that Smith will be a good player if he continues to work hard.”