Romantic or realist?
Because the mud settled and senses unscrambled after England’s dramatic late victory towards France, head coach Eddie Jones claimed to be a bit little bit of each.
Jones had simply seen his England aspect go toe to toe with France in a frenzied, open, attacking first half earlier than grinding their technique to victory in much less flamboyant fashion within the closing quarter. Maro Itoje’s short-range attempt on 77 minutes ultimately ensured the hosts a 23-20 victory.
Jones may see the wonder in every.
“We at all times wish to play like that,” he informed BBC Sport of the sport’s free-running passages.
“We’re disillusioned that we did not have 82,000 followers in right here with us, they might have gotten greater than their cash’s value, the RFU would have been comfortable.
“We’d like to play each sport like that however typically it simply does not work like that.
“There was fairly fast ball, there was a great floor, not a lot rain, so it was good situations to play a passing sport.
“The sport is humorous. The sport dictates the sport. That does not make a lot sense I do know. But it surely does.”
And typically Jones dictates the sport a bit too.
Jones spoke of “tactical errors” within the closing 10 minutes of the primary half, that handed the result in France.
For the admiring gasps that France’s Thirty second-minute attempt – scored by Damian Penaud – drew from their back-room employees and replacements in an empty Twickenham, it will not have happy Jones.
England’s defence was carved broad open off first-phase ball as Gael Fickou’s dummy and Matthieu Jalibert’s move gave Penaud a route into the nook.
Each defences tightened within the second half, with only a penalty scored apiece, earlier than Itoje went over on the demise.
“Tactically sensible,” stated Jones of England’s second half, seeing glitter of their gritty path to victory.
“We reset at half-time and performed an actual strong Check match,” added fly-half George Ford.
“You’ve got to play what’s in entrance of you, that is what the sport is about. That typically modifications within the sport.
“We performed some actually great things, it is a Check match so you do not know what you are going to get. You may analyse video games however you’ve got to be within the second to adapt to what’s going on.”
Jones reiterated his perception that such adaptability is vital to England’s possibilities on the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
“We have to begin altering the way in which we’re taking part in,” he stated.
“We’re shifting with our plan to be at our greatest on the World Cup in 2023, which should be a mix of taking part in our conventional, attritional fashion of sport after which with the ability to play rapidly.
“All the legal guidelines are coming into the sport which are encouraging the sport to be sooner. We’re going to must be like that.”
England went into the match with one precedence excessive of their thoughts no matter kind of sport broke out.
After gifting away 41 penalties of their first three Six Nations video games thus far, Check referees Wayne Barnes and Matt Carley have been invited to England coaching to present them steering on how one can keep on the best aspect of the officers.
It definitely labored within the first half, with England solely conceding their first within the twenty fifth minute and three in whole earlier than the interval.
The self-discipline frayed within the second half with one other 9 being added to England’s tally, however Jones picked out Owen Farrell and Itoje, whose management and excessive penalty depend respectively had been criticised after defeat by Wales a fortnight in the past, for reward.
“I assumed Maro and Owen, who’ve been underneath criticism from everybody, have been completely splendid as we speak.
“They performed the sport robust and onerous, and acquired on with it. It is an important tribute to their character and their taking part in capacity.”
England will full their Six Nations marketing campaign with a go to to Eire subsequent weekend. There will not be a cheerful ending to their title defence. Defeat by Scotland and Wales earlier within the match have put paid to that.
There won’t be the identical room for eye-catching attacking thrills both towards an Eire aspect coached by former defence specialist Andy Farrell.
No matter route his group can discover to victory although, is scenic sufficient for Jones.