Jones: “We’ve used up our get-out-of-jail cards”

Date published: February 11 2017

England boss Eddie Jones admitted that his side had once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after winning in Cardiff.

Elliot Daly’s late try snatched victory for England for a 21-16 win over Wales, despite the home side dominating for large passages of the contest.

“We’ve used up all of our get-out-of-jail cards,” Jones said.

“At stages it looked like we were going to fade out, but we kept sticking in there.”

“Lawes right now is like a human icepack, he made that many carries and tackles and has ice all over his body, same for Launchbury. We had a young team out there today which is even more attractive for us moving forward.”

Focusing on where England struggled, Jones felt that all too often the side failed to make the most of their chances out wide.

“It’s all about consistency. We were a bit overeager in attack, didn’t finish out wide with long cutout passes rather than running straight,” he said.

“Old habits come back now and again. We were too tight in defence and gave them too much room on the outside.”

Saturday was Jones’ first experience of an Anglo-Welsh derby in Wales and the former Wallabies boss relished the atmosphere, even with the roof open.

“It’s a proper Test match. Fans give you stick, great atmosphere, reminds me of Suncorp. Maybe next time they can close the roof and it’ll be even better. They can close it now.

“I can’t believe all the things that went on about the roof. It should be open unless the conditions are terrible, it’s a winter sport.”

England’s bench once again made a major impact with Danny Care, Jamie George, James Haskell and Ben Te’o all noticeably having an effect on the game.

Whether they start against Italy is another matter, although Jones revealed a different tactical approach for the Azzurri may be on the cards.

“I’ve got some ideas of how to play and I wanted to change it up a bit, a chance to do something different,” he added.

“So there could be changes but not because I’m unhappy with the guys today.”

Daly, England’s matchwinner, fared well out on the wing but England according to Jones may use the Wasps back elsewhere down the line.

“He’s got gas the boy, and a bit of X-factor. I’m not sure if wing is his best position but it suits us for now. He can do that.”

by Ben Coles in Cardiff