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All Blacks on brink of history in England Test

07 November, 2018, 09:47 | Author: Delia Walker
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England coach Eddie Jones backed Owen Farrell to avoid being cited for a unsafe tackle that could rule him out of next week's clash with New Zealand as he turned on his critics following a nail-biting 12-11 win over South Africa on Saturday.

England head coach Eddie Jones had already revealed Curry was "highly unlikely" to be fit to face New Zealand on Saturday but, following assessment by medical staff, he has also been ruled out of the games against Japan and Australia.

The Bulls playmaker hit the post from a late penalty and almost had another chance to win the game after Owen Farrell had tackled Andre Esterhuizen with his shoulder first.

England kicked it dead but instead of blowing for time, Australian referee Angus Gardner called for a TMO review, with a potential match-winning penalty in easy range for Springbok outhalf Handre Pollard.

Speaking in the wake of England's controversial victory over the Springboks, Jones says he felt the on-field referee was being asked to do too much.

"I think everyone's been looking forward to the game".

"The most important thing is what we do next".

He said: "We know they're going to have an ideal preparation for the game; they'll be up for the game".

Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said the referee got the decision "spot on" while former Australia lock Justin Harrison said "just because you don't wrap doesn't mean it's a shoulder charge, when laws of physics mean it's a bounce effect". "If I stay long enough you're going to get me sacked, so one day you're going to be happy".

"When you get in those arm wrestles, someone's got to give".

England have not played the 2011 and 2015 world champions for four years. "It'll be a proper game of rugby".

New Zealand then started this year with a 3-0 series sweep of France, scoring eight in the first Test in Auckland and seven in the last in Dunedin, and, despite a wobbly showing in Wellington in between, they still managed to cross on four occasions in that one.



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