Wednesday , November 25 2020

"Whatever Happens" – Eddie Jones laughed with the suggestion that Owen Farrell could be cited as controversial




England's side Owen Farrell (L) is seeking a dubious solution to South Africa, Andre Esterhuizen at the end of the game, which officials see in an international rugby federation test in England and South Africa at Twickenham
England's side Owen Farrell (L) is seeking a dubious solution to South Africa, Andre Esterhuizen at the end of the game, which officials see in an international rugby federation test in England and South Africa at Twickenham

England coach Eddie Jones laughed that Owen Farrell poses a threat to the sad 12-11 victory over South Africa.

Farrell was hit hard in the 73rd minute, eventually finishing Quilter International at Twickenham.

But the Saracens flight half was then in the spotlight as controversy had been in the injuries.

He appeared to be on the shoulder of Andre Esterhuizen, a crime that, with regard to dangerous actions, the red card was brought by Judge Angus Gardner.

The Australian official decided that Farrell was legitimate, but refused to give South Africa the penalty that won the game.

In the next 24 hours, a retrospective citation could follow, potentially endangering Farrell's place in the next Saturday test with World Champions in New Zealand.

Jones said, "If you can do anything you did when you are 15 at age 15, anything can happen.

"It was good when I was 15 when I was not an iPhone, there was no Nokia phone, no camera.

– I do not know what's going to happen.

South Africa's coach, Rassie Erasmus, has responded to the Farrell event with sarcasm.

"If it was to a shoulder, the referee would punish him and we had a chance to win the game," Erasmus said.

"It was a good way to do it, because I did not see how Andre Esterhuizen was treated in this way.

"If all of us were legitimate – and I did not look good at playing back – we have to deal with it.

"Obviously, this is really effective, so we have to look at it and implement it."

England ended in a five-game win for the South African victory on the third run test in Cape Town and now has two straight games before visiting Saturday's New Zealand World Champion in Twickenham.

Jones questioned whether Saturday's victory was the most debilitating of his nearly three-year rule.

"The most important thing is what we do," the Australian said.

"I do not understand these guys, we're a bloody good team, we lost a few games, played hard and won.

"Why do you have to be the most important game? Since you are the guys (the media) wanting to sneak?

– If you stay somewhat longer, you will make an atonement so one day you will be happy.

What impressed Jones's crew, John Mitchell's new defense coach, was the Englishman's resistance, and despite South Africa, they practically besieged their hosts for the first half.

"When you get into the arms that somebody has to give, we did not give it up," Jones added.

Jones, however, was frustrated with the punishments and Maro Itoje was soon repenting.

He said, "To defeat New Zealand, it must be incredibly disciplined." (And) you must understand your weaknesses. "

Jones said that Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi's centerpiece could collide with All Blacks after injury, while refusing to rule out Tom Curry flanker who slipped in the second half.

England did not play the 2011 and 2015 World Cup for four years.

"New Zealand is another kettle for Springboks," Jones added.

"They play differently in the game, but they want a sporty race but we will not wear symbols and shorts.

"It's just a good game to wait and see."

Erasmus added that Eben Etzebeth closes the other November tests with France, Scotland and Wales, with ankle injuries.

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