Rugby

Jones content after England rout

2016-11-19 20:37
Eddie Jones (AP)

Cape Town - England head coach Eddie Jones was content with the performance against Fiji on Saturday, arguing there were plenty of positives.

The Six Nations champions, who remain unbeaten in 2016 after 11 wins, ran in nine tries but conceded three in a one-sided contest at Twickenham.

"I am really happy with aspects of our game today. Collectively the 23 put in a good effort, there was good intensity – we dropped off at certain times but it is always difficult when you get a big lead, to maintain that intensity," Jones said.

"But that is the next step of a team going forward – that is what we want to achieve. If we want greatness in our team we have to maintain that intensity after racing into an early lead.

"There were some great individual performances but there are obviously areas we have to improve on against Argentina which is going to be a tricky game.

"They are a difficult team to play against, Argentina, but we will worry about those tomorrow morning. It was a really good effort today and I am sure the 81,000 people enjoyed it. Some of the movement from our team was outstanding."

Semesa Rokoduguni came back into the side for his first Test in two years since his debut, and Jones was happy to see him deliver with two tries.

"He promised two tries and he got them – I thought he did really well," Jones added.

"When you have had a hard personal experience like he had two years’ ago he came back today and really nervous before the  game. The players supported him really well and he played well."

Rather than being frustrated at England conceding three tries Jones instead praised Fiji's attacking ability, singling out Leone Nakarawa as a special talent.

"It is not about frustration. We have just got to get better. We are not going to play the perfect game – everyone wants to play the perfect game, when you play the perfect game you can retire," Jones explained.

"We haven’t done that. They have got points in them, Fiji, they have got people who can do things you can’t can’t coach. Nakarawa is the LeBron James of rugby – he can do anything.

"It is quite incredible the amount of skill he has in his game. We would like to be better in defence – we are working hard at it and it will come. It will come next week against Argentina."

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