England Boss Eddie Jones Twists The Knife In Typical Fashion Following Ireland Win

“We could have declared at half-time.”

England boss Eddie Jones twisted the knife in typical fashion following his side’s impressive 24-12 win over Ireland at Twickenham this afternoon.

Jones’ side looked a lot more like the team that reached last year’s Rugby World Cup final compared to their disappointing opening round defeat to France, taking in a 17-0 lead at the break.

The Australian said his side have been “building all the time” and reckons the game was dead and buried at half-time and despite Ireland being much improved in the second-half – ultimately he was right.

“We played with control, read the referee and conditions well. If it was a cricket game, we could have declared at half-time,” Jones said.

“We’ve been building up all the time. I got the preparation right for the France game and I apologised for that.

“We stepped up against Scotland, did so against today and will need to for Wales here again. We’d a good preparation this week and you’re always more comfortable at home.

“Everyone defends with a certain sort of system. You kicking game is dependent going forward and we can kick on the back of that. If they got field position, it could have gone the other way.

Jones also had a pop at the media who questioned his decision this week to name so many second-row in his squad.

“We were fitter and could play with more intensity. You guys (media) said I picked five locks today well you’re the clever ones. Maybe I’ll pick six the next day.

“I don’t need vindication. I pick the team I think is right for the week and some of you guys [the media] are so clever. You’re all clever, so I’ve just got to suck it all up, enjoy what you say and try to learn from you. Maybe I can pick a better team next week.”