England coach Eddie Jones sends World Cup warning to players despite epic All Blacks win


It’s a win that will live long in the memory but England’s Rugby World Cup coach Eddie Jones know the victory over New Zealand will count for little unless they bring the trophy home.

The Red Rose were superb as they beat New Zealand 19-7 in the semi-finals to inflict the All Blacks’ first World Cup defeat since 2007.

A try in just the second minute from Manu Tuilagi was a sign of things to come with England pretty much inch perfect from start to finish.

George Ford’s boot earned England’s other 12 points with the only  blot on the copybook the botched line-out that allowed Ardie Savea to score New Zealand’s try.

But England coach Jones has warned his team that the job isn’t done yet as they look to win their first World Cup since 2003.

“What we’ve done is earn another week in the competition which is great,” Jones said.

“I thought our tactical discipline was great, our defensive work rate was good. I thought when we had opportunities to attack we attacked well.

“You want to go right to the death and we’re in the death now. We’ve got another week to enjoy ourselves and work as a team. Our players made a commitment to each other that they’d enjoy the World Cup and I think we’re seeing that.

“We’ve come here to be the world’s best and we haven’t done that yet, so that’s where we need to go.”

England will face either South Africa or Wales in next Saturday’s final with those two nations doing battle in the other semi-final tomorrow.

But first, they will surely celebrate their monumental effort against the All Blacks.

Indeed, captain Owen Farrell admitted tonight will be enjoyed before focus turns to the World Cup final.

Farrell said: “It’s a big game, a World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks – as big as you can get. We prepared well, and started the game well.

“In all these big games, teams want to get physical from the off, and we wanted to play that way too.

“We have a number of ways of playing, we have a big powerful pack but we wanted to play to space as well.

“It’s brilliant to get there, we’ll enjoy this and make sure we prepare well.”

England had tries for Ben Youngs and Sam Underhill ruled out in Yokohama but their heads never dropped.

And Ford, whose kicking proved so crucial, knew it was key that the Red Rose never saw their concentration levels fall.

He said: “It was always going to be an incredible Test match, a semi-final, with both teams fighting for their lives.

“We said we would have to be near our best, but do our jobs and we knew we would be there or thereabouts.

“So we’ll take it, but what an incredible team New Zealand are to play against. It’s unique and you cannot switch off. Now we’ll prepare well for next week.

“We never switched off, ever! You cannot switch off for one second no matter what the scoreboard is, we had to fight until the end. We hope to better it next week, that’s what it is all about.”


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