George Ford had a poor day in front of goal, missing six of his seven kicks.
It was generally accepted before today’s game that George Ford has not enjoyed his best season.
Despite winning the Grand Slam with England, Ford was overshadowed by Owen Farrell at inside centre, while Bath have struggled throughout this campaign.
However things went from bad to worse for the fly half today, after the Twickenham crowd were heard jeering Ford during the game against Wales, while they met his successful conversion of Jack Clifford’s try with ironic cheers.
Ironic cheers as Ford knocks over conversation of Clifford try
— Sonja McLaughlan (@Sonjamclaughlan) May 29, 2016
Biggest cheer of afternoon as Ford converts from in front of posts 22-13, 48min #ENGvWAL
— Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) May 29, 2016
Notwithstanding his poor performance from the kicking tee, Eddie Jones kept Ford on the field until the 75th minute, replacing him with Ollie Devoto.
However, in spite of the criticism levelled at Ford by the Twickenham faithful, the England coach leapt to the defence of the out half, by highlighting his contribution in general play.
We scored five tries, one was a bit how’s your mother, and the other four were scored by backs.
If you score four tries against Wales your stand-off is doing something right.
The thing that strikes me is that we’ve just beaten Wales five tries to one and we’re talking about a guy who can’t kick a few goals.
However Jones then began to turn the conversation toward the crowd, describing their actions as not being ‘very nice’ and warned,
We have got to be careful of that in rugby, because that’s what’s defined the game. That shouldn’t happen
Jones then turned on the media, criticising the manner in which they quickly react to negative stories.
I have seen Tiger Woods miss putts, I have seem Michael Jordan miss jump shots, everyone has a bad day…
It’s quite amazing and just shows the negative reaction in English rugby. It’s quite sad….I find it quite sad to be honest.
Wales are literally full strength, we’re missing 11 players and we’re talking about a young kid who misses some kicks.
We need to get some perspective on where we’re going in the game here.
Although most would understand the motives behind Jones’ defence of Ford, he perhaps should not have called into question the actions of supporters or the line of questioning from the media, not in public anyway.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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