Muddled Ashes history can’t disguise truth
DELIGHTED coach Eddie Jones likened the England triumph at Twickenham to completing a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in cricket.
Jones has done such a stunning job of turning around England's rugby fortunes. It was the fifth victory over old mate Michael Cheika's Wallabies in 18 months.
Jones got a little muddled with his detail of cricket history but his point was well made even though the 1970-71 Ashes series in Australia was a 2-0 result to England rather than 5-0.
"The only time I've ever seen 5-0 before was in the 1970-71 cricket. Do you remember that series? John Snow. Australia got absolutely demolished," Jones said in a rush.
"Bill Lawry got dropped as captain, a good Victorian left hander, and Ian Chappell took over for the resurgence of Australian cricket.
"It's nice to win 5-0 but we're only as good as that game today."
Jones was a 10-year-old spectator at the SCG in that series when fast bowler Snow took 31 wickets.
At Twickenham, forwards Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes and co were his Snow-style dominators for their part in a heavy, crunching English defence.
"It was a tough old game, two even teams and in the end we stuck at it. We took our opportunities better than them," Jones said.
"In the end tactically we played smart (with kick-generated tries in the wet conditions). The rain came down heavy.
"We had the confidence we would finish the game stronger than they would."
The Wallabies lost their way over the final 10 minutes after the Marika Koroibete "try" was disallowed even though Chris Robshaw, the England flanker, was offside.
They paused and the English struck, first with a clever Danny Care kick over the ruck for the Jonathan Joseph try.
Bernard Foley's second forward pass of the Test, a Nick Phipps fumble and poor pass and a Karmichael Hunt knock-on were errors at the wrong time in that period that England feasted on.