Eddie Jones: England boss believes ‘the game is out of control’ after card fest in Test rugby

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 Credit: PA Images
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England head coach Eddie Jones has criticised where the game has gone after several cards were handed out freely this weekend across the international clashes.

Jones believes “everything” in the game is a yellow or red card and has appealed to get “common sense” back to create more balance.

Card chaos

The tactician referenced the part of Ireland’s historic 23-12 win in New Zealand that saw a flurry of cards shown by referee Jaco Peyper in the first half leaving the commentators unable to keep track of how many players were on the field.

“I think the game’s gone out of control,” he said.

“We saw in the New Zealand-Ireland Test, at one stage the commentators couldn’t keep count how many players were on the field. Seriously. They had three backs packing the scrum.

“We’ve gone the full hog, where everything is a yellow card, everything’s a red card and there has to be some kind of common sense coming back into the game.

Frustration with knock-down rulings

Jones was particularly frustrated with two yellow cards in England’s 25-17 win over the Wallabies, where both Izaia Perese and Marcus Smith were yellow-carded for deliberate knock-downs.

The Australian-born coach believes both players were going for intercepts and did not constitute a knock-down.

“I would say both of those, they went for intercepts,” Jones said.

“Deliberate knock downs should be penalised but that’s not a deliberate knock down.”

Jones’s opposite number Dave Rennie agreed but understands that is the way the referees are directed to apply the ruling.

“There’s no doubt Izzy is trying to catch it,” Rennie said.

“It’s certainly different from an intentional slap down [but] I have no issue with that decision.”

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