Eddie Jones was in a defensive mood when he spoke to the media after England’s narrow 12-11 win over the Springboks at Twickenham this afternoon.
The win will come as welcome relief to Jones as he has been under pressure since a poor Six Nations showing and their 2-1 series loss to the same opposition during the June summer tour.
He will now concentrate on preparing his side for the visit of the All Blacks next weekend but he had a rather interesting response when he was asked by a journalist whether this victory was the most important win of his time as England head coach.
“Zero, mate,” Jones replied. “The most important thing is what we do next. Like, I don’t understand this, guys. You know, we’re a bloody good team, we’ve lost a few games, we played tough today and we won.
“Why has it got to be the most important game? Because you guys want to sack me, is that why? Well, you’re going to do it at some stage – you know that, you know that. If I stay long enough, you’re going to get me sacked, so you’ll be happy.
“One day you’ll be happy here, boys. You’ll come in and say ‘ ah, fantastic, we’ve got another bloke we can terrorise’.
“Don’t worry about it. It was a good Test match game of rugby today. We’re happy, they’re (South Africa) not so happy. We’re going to start preparing for New Zealand.”