Last week’s defeat against Australia (30-28) saw the second row play with inferiority complex for more than one period after Darcy Swain’s dismissal, and Rose’s fifteen men exacted their revenge in Brisbane this Saturday. A good win for Eddie Jones’ men who have been on a four game losing streak.
To build on this win, the English relied on a dominant crowd, which destroyed everything, including Billy Vunipola’s try (5th) in the first period and several penalties taken and converted by another demon, Owen Farrell. England led 19-7 at the break. But over the months, they lacked continuity in the game and often lost the thread. It happened again yesterday and they scared each other. Maro Itoji’s exit, the second line, rang in the tackle, as did Marcus Smith’s stupid yellow card for a volunteer forward (53rd), which didn’t help.
Gradually, we saw the Australians rise and score with this brilliant effort from Samu Kerevi (48th), among others. But local substitute Hooker, Folau Fainga, squandered two good chances to close the score, two touches he completely missed on penalties awarded in the English 22 metres.
The author of a great match with only one missed attempt, Owen Farrell sent his team a new penalty goal in the 68th game (25-17). England and Australia meet next week for another good match after two matches. The next few days will be a little quieter for Eddie Jones.
The target of violent criticism in the English media, he repeatedly insists that his training is on the right track and that he will be ready to reach the ideal World Cup in the autumn of 2023. This Saturday we saw him once again rely on a winning pack and Owen Farrell who was as accurate as ever. On the other hand, it is necessary to wait to see the big planes of the back row, much less to be determined.
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