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We Were Beaten Badly At The Breakdown, Jones Explains

Eddie Jones admitted he was not “happy” with England’s performance in a record 52-21 defeat to a 14-man Barbarians side, but stressed “context” should be applied.
21 Jun 2022 01:00
We Were Beaten Badly At The Breakdown, Jones Explains
Eddie Jones watched on at Twickenham as his England side were destroyed by a 14-man Barbarians team. Photo: Sky Sports

London: Eddie Jones admitted he was not “happy” with England’s performance in a record 52-21 defeat to a 14-man Barbarians side, but stressed “context” should be applied.

A French-inspired Barbarians side shrugged off the loss of Will Skelton to a first-half red card to batter England in the heaviest defeat of Jones’ time in charge to date.

Will Skelton was red carded in the 37th minute, but the Barbarians would go on to score six more tries down a man. Photo: Sky Sports

Will Skelton was red carded in the 37th minute, but the Barbarians would go on to score six more tries down a man. Photo: Sky Sports

Fans are calling for Jones termination.

Skelton’s dismissal was the first time in history a Barbarians player was shown a red card, but a French-dominated side coached by France head coach Fabien Galthie registered six further tries while down a man at the home of English rugby.

England next depart for a three-Test series against the Wallabies in Australia.

“We approached the game in a particular strategic way,” Jones said.

Marcus Smith missed four kicks off the tee, with England's attack often faltering too. Photo: Sky Sports

Marcus Smith missed four kicks off the tee, with England’s attack often faltering too. Photo: Sky Sports

“We wanted to try to play a bit differently, extend ourselves and give the young guys an opportunity show their ability, particularly with the ball.

“But we were beaten pretty badly at the breakdown, so it’s a good reminder of how much work we have to do before Australia. From that point of view I’m really pleased with what we did.

“I’m not pleased with how we performed. I’m pleased with the intent of what we tried to do and it’s great preparation for Australia. But obviously not happy with the result.”

Former England second row George Kruis kicked three conversions in the win, including one with a backheel. Photo: Sky Sports

Former England second row George Kruis kicked three conversions in the win, including one with a backheel. Photo: Sky Sports

Jones suggested Jonny May, Joe Cokanasiga and Jonny Hill played their way into the touring party after lengthy injury absences, and hinted Jack Walker and Tommy Freeman had done enough to be selected.

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