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Eddie Jones: We Beat Wales Five Tries To One And You Want To Talk About Missed Goals?

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the media session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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.

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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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.