Australia's Eddie Jones: 'The crowd should be throwing baguettes at me – it is not good enough'

Eddie Jones
Head coach Eddie Jones accepted Australia were below par against Fiji - Getty Images/Chris Hyde

Resoundingly booed by the local French supporters in Saint-Etienne before kick-off just as he was the week before in Paris, all Eddie Jones could do following Australia’s first defeat by Fiji since 1954 was joke that the crowd “should be throwing baguettes and croissants at me. It’s not good enough, so I deserve what I get”.

Jones’ light-hearted comments followed the more sobering confirmation that neither Will Skelton, the Wallabies captain, or star tighthead prop Taniela Tupou will be available for next Sunday’s “do or die” game against Wales in Lyon.

That tandem helped Australia produce a strong scrummaging performance in their win over Georgia at the start of the tournament, the team’s only win this year since Jones took charge.

For Carter Gordon, the young No 10 at fault for Josua Tuisova’s try and hooked by Jones on 50 minutes, this was a developmental day at the worst possible time.

“We have gone with a young team, I have no regrets at all,” Jones said. “We are building a team for the future and we are going to go through some pain. [Gordon] has plenty of support.”

Fiji deserve praise for how they processed the defeat to Wales and responded with a historic victory, their first over Australia in 69 years.

“I thought the boys were outstanding today,” said Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui. “We could have easily got distracted [after losing to Wales] but the boys prepared themselves, the result was a direct relation to the [preparation] the boys put in.

“The more matches we get at this level - I’m talking outside of the World Cup - if Fiji can get these tier-one matches more regularly, you’ve seen what these boys can do when they get competition.”

Simione Kuruvoli, Fiji’s scrum-half who impressively kicked 15 of their points, gave an enjoyably honest answer when asked if he had ever kicked five-out-of-five before in a game. “To be honest, nah.” The kicking tee will certainly be his moving forward.