Jones takes luck out of England's equation

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by Beth Newman

England coach Eddie Jones heaped praise on his finishers after a late blitz gave his side its biggest win over Australia, quick to take luck out of the equation on Saturday.

Leading 13-6 at the 70th minute mark, when the third of three crucial TMO calls denied Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete a try, England piled on three tries in 12 minutes to finish 30-6 winners.

Jones hit back when asked whether he felt his team was lucky in the refereeing department.

“Why do we have a referee? Why do we have TMOs? I don’t understand the question. How were we lucky?,” he said.

“They do 10 replays of a video and make a decision.

“This was the best referee in the world for today.

“We had the best guys in the TMO and we’re saying we’re lucky because the decisions went our way.

“Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. I’m sorry we’re lucky.”

Replacement halfback Danny Care was particularly influential in the final stages for England, while their reserve props Joe Marler and Harry Williams were also impressive.

“They all brought energy and vibrancy and a bit of creativity, that's what Danny brought,” Jones said.

“Benny Youngs did a great job for us, but Danny came on at the right time, saw space behind and executed brilliantly.

“The front row scrummaged well. Harry Williams, Joe Marler and Jamie George did a great job up front.

“It was a good effort, young (Sam) Simmonds off the back – one nice touch off the back of the scrum – so it was really good squad effort today.

Jones said he was always confident his side would finish the better of the two.

“We had the confidence we would finish the game stronger than they would,” he said.

“In the end tactically we played smart. We read the conditions. They were difficult conditions for both teams.

“The rain came down heavy. Even at the start of the game the pitch was slippery, the ball was wet.

“Difficult conditions for both teams. I thought in the end we played the conditions superbly.”

England takes on Samoa in their final November international next weekend.