‘Easy errors’ cost us, says Eddie Jones, as his England side suffer 30-29 defeat by Argentina in the first of their Autumn Tests… while prop Ellis Genge added ‘discipline just killed us’
- Eddie Jones said ‘elementary’ mistakes were part of the reason why England lost
- Argentina got the better of Jones’ side by a 30-29 scoreline at Twickenham
- Prop Ellis Genge said ‘discipline just killed us’ as Pumas won the Autumn Test
Eddie Jones bemoaned ‘fundamental’ and ‘elementary’ mistakes after England’s damaging defeat. But the England coach insisted that he has no concerns over next year’s World Cup when these two sides will meet in Pool D.
Jones said: ‘We realise it’s not good enough. A frustrating game. We made some elementary mistakes, some individual mistakes that kept on inviting them back into the game. Losing always hurts…. structurally we had control of the game but we kept making fundamental mistakes and easy errors.’
England conceded 10 penalties, 13 turnovers and two second-half tries in four minutes. Captain Owen Farrell said his side had to address their discipline.
England head coach Eddie Jones said his side made ‘fundamental’ mistakes in Argentina loss
‘We have to look at ourselves and see what we can do as a team and as individuals to make sure that doesn’t happen again,’ Farrell said.
Prop Ellis Genge claimed England’s penalty count is a ‘reflection of leadership’.
‘We kept feeding them mistakes and discipline just killed us… we need to address the areas and why they were happening and have those slightly uncomfortable conversations with each other and just own it.’
Ellis Genge said the side’s ‘discipline’ also cost them during the 30-29 defeat at Twickenham
Manu Tuilagi came off in the second half, with Jones claiming the centre had a blister. ‘We’re not overly concerned at this stage,’ he said.
Victory capped a whirlwind week for coach Michael Cheika, who has been juggling Argentina duties with Lebanon’s Rugby League World Cup campaign.
Cheika does not believe this victory will have a major bearing on next year’s World Cup clash in France.
Nor does Jones. ‘The World Cup is 11 months away, a lot happens in 11 months. As a lot can happen in a week,’ he said.
Jones has no concerns about facing Argentina in the group stage of next year’s World Cup
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