‘I thought we were awful’ – Jones

Date published: February 4 2017

England coach Eddie Jones was happy about his side’s victory over France but admitted that they weren’t at their best.

England struggled past an inspired French side on Saturday and managed to secure a vital 19-16 win at Twickenham.

“It’s always good to win when you don’t play well. I didn’t prepare the team enough and have a lot of homework to do over the weekend,” Jones told reporters.

“At the end of the day if we’re on, how many points is a win? Four points? Then we’re happy and we know we can be better. It’s upwards and onwards to Wales next week.”

Jones pondered whether he has been too easy one his players in the run up to the match.

“Maybe I have been too nice to them? Smiling too much? Maybe I need to be a bit harder. We were off the pace and it was quite strange. At half-time we weren’t even panting, it wasn’t like we had played a game of rugby.

“We were so far away from playing how we play – particularly the forwards. We missed opportunities to break them. Haskell made a difference and was brilliant. Ben Te’o did really well for us.

“I thought we were awful, but we were always going to win the game. That’s what I like about these boys and they have a never say die attitude. First line out it looked like we had never practiced.”