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South Africa v England: 2018 a horror present for Eddie Jones

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South Africa v England: 2018 a horror present for Eddie Jones

Defeat in South Africa was England’s fourth consecutive loss

This yr has been a “horror present” for the England rugby staff, says World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Woodward, who led England to victory in 2003, stated present head coach Eddie Jones’ facet haven’t “progressed on the similar charge” as their rivals.

England conceded five tries in their 42-39 defeat by South Africa on Saturday – a fourth consecutive defeat.

“One thing shouldn’t be proper as a result of they’re usually superb defensively,” stated Woodward on BBC Radio 5 live.

“The bubble has burst and groups have recognised that the way in which to beat England is by enjoying an all-out quick recreation.”

Defeat in Johannesburg follows a disappointing Six Nations marketing campaign by which England misplaced three of their 5 matches, and conceded their title to Eire.

England led 24-Three towards the Springboks earlier than the hosts scored 4 tries to steer 29-27 on the interval.

Woodward questioned the choice to take outgoing defence coach Paul Gustard on the tour, suggesting “his thoughts could be elsewhere” given he’ll turn out to be Harlequins head coach after the journey.

He additionally raised issues about England’s self-discipline after they conceded 12 penalties to South Africa’s 4, and prop Mako Vunipola was sin-binned.

Nevertheless, Woodward additionally stated that the primary 20 minutes “was a few of the finest rugby he had ever seen England play”.

And he stated the scenario was “not a disaster” as he backed Jones to show it round in Bloemfontein subsequent week, towards a South African facet who “scent blood”.

“He might be fearful concerning the scenario however he has received to take it in his stride and he has finished a superb job,” he added.

BBC Sport – Rugby Union
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