England beat Eire: Matt Dawson says taking part in Eddie Jones’ facet is like dealing with All Blacks

England beat Eire: Matt Dawson says taking part in Eddie Jones’ facet is like dealing with All Blacks

Matt Dawson

No workforce goes to wish to play England in the meanwhile. It’s like taking part in the All Blacks.

England are a relentless, ruthless workforce who grind away at you. Bodily and mentally it’s a must to be on the prime of your recreation with a purpose to problem them.

It’s robust for a facet to get 23 gamers to that place.

You additionally must carry one thing to the celebration that England haven’t ready for. It’s important to throw a little bit of warning to the wind.

In Eire’s 18-7 Autumn Nations Cup defeat at Twickenham on Saturday, they have been bereft of concepts and the hosts lapped it up.

England’s video games are actually mirroring these days of taking part in in opposition to the All Blacks from the mid-90s to the mid-2010s.

Once you confronted that New Zealand facet, you needed to provide you with one thing new. You needed to play with a transparent and current imaginative and prescient of the place the house was.

You needed to have the physicality and also you needed to rating tries. Taking part in in opposition to England is like that in the meanwhile. You might be by no means going to beat them simply by kicking objectives.

If a facet lacks that firepower, I can not see how they’re going to beat England.

It’s now 5 years since Eddie Jones took over as head coach and the facet is in a unbelievable place.

The power in depth of the squad, the report they’ve at Twickenham, a World Cup last, Six Nations titles, Grand Slams – Jones’ CV whereas in cost may be very spectacular.

Having mentioned that, I don’t suppose any workforce in the meanwhile has the suitable to name themselves the best on this planet.

New Zealand, England and France can be your prime three – South Africa are world champions however aren’t taking part in proper now – however whether or not anybody will get to the constant double World Cup-winning commonplace over the course of a decade that the All Blacks reached, I’m not too certain.

Autumn Nations Cup pool a
The winner of Pool A performs the winner of Pool B on 5 or 6 December to find out the Autumn Nations Cup champions

‘It’s all about defence for England’

Jones’ interview after the Eire recreation was insightful to me.

If I had not heard that interview, I might be saying England are a world-class outfit up entrance and defensively, however what about their attacking technique? It’s virtually non-existent.

When he spoke about England’s defensive efficiency after the match, Jones made it clear that for no matter motive – Covid-19, coaching time or the time of yr – defence is what it’s all about.

I’ve been in that sort of situation once I was taking part in at Wasps – and it does work. You get to a sure a part of the season when you find yourself happier when the opposition has the ball.

Within the second half when England had established a decisive benefit in opposition to Eire, they didn’t get out of third gear when it comes to attacking as a result of they have been simply decided to place strain on their opponent.

The stats present it: England made 255 tackles in comparison with Eire’s 84. It’s all effectively and good – and it labored – however I do ponder whether the gamers genuinely get pleasure from taking part in that sort of rugby.

Historical past exhibits us gamers get bored with out that capability to assault and play. It occurred when Stuart Lancaster was England head coach.

England are taking part in as near zero-risk rugby as they’ll.

Even after they have been entering into Eire’s 22 and there was a slight overlap, they have been taking all the chance out of their attacking technique and turning the opposition.

It’s only going to be a person little bit of brilliance from Jonny Could or turnover ball when the sport is damaged up when England are going to assault.

My query can be, in a yr’s time and if they’re nonetheless taking part in the identical rugby and there are gilt-edged alternatives that they don’t take, does that begin to breed frustration among the many gamers?

Maro Itoje
England’s Maro Itoje shone in defence in opposition to Eire

‘Eire should not have a successor to Sexton’

Eire are crying out for a fly-half. Andy Farrell’s facet is rebuilding and they have some gifted gamers however there’s a vital gulf between Johnny Sexton and anybody else they’ll put of their 10 shirt in the meanwhile.

There would not appear to be a successor to the Lions fly-half.

Joey Carbery is the subsequent most gifted ball-player however he has been indefinitely sidelined with an ongoing ankle harm.

Even when Sexton is match, on his present kind he’s sadly not again to his World Participant of the Yr stage.

The ahead pack have gotten nice potential they usually have some first rate leaders.

However they want some ‘recreation managers’ – a fly-half to stir it up and direct the workforce. That was highlighted in opposition to England.

There have been just a few alternatives for Eire early on however as England’s defence turned more and more oppressive, fly-half Ross Byrne was backing away from taking them on.

When Billy Burns got here on and chipped over for Jacob Stockdale to attain, that was the gamble and creativity that they wanted.

Matt Dawson was chatting with BBC Sport’s Becky Gray.

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