Never one to pull any punches, England head coach Eddie Jones was brutually honest in his assessment of the media’s reaction to the Red Rose’s 27-13 victory over Wales.
Jones highlighted the ‘negativity’ he has perceived from the English media, with many pundits choosing to focus on George Ford’s missed kicks rather than how England put five tries on the visitors.
The England head coach also highlighted the fact that Wales were close to full-strength whereas England were missing a whole host of players, yet still managed to come away with a convincing victory.
Eddie Jones did NOT enjoy all the questions about George Ford in the post-match presser! pic.twitter.com/I0AShVBZas
— Matthew Southcombe (@MattSouth7) May 29, 2016
When watching the game back again, if you focus on George Ford’s performances then there were also a number of highlights to his game.
His touchfinders were accurate, his game management was at times excellent and he was involved in a number of the tries England scored.
However, the English media has focussed its attentions on Ford’s woeful place kicking and a couple of misjudged passes, yet this was hardly Ford’s worst performance in an England shirt.
The English press is often labelled as building up young players and teams to extremes before knocking them down with a callous ferocity.
As Eddie Jones has previously spoken about, you are never as great as the media say you are, nor as terrible.
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