England: Eddie Jones delighted to silence critics but tourists dealt blow as Maro Itoje out of series decider with Australia

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England head coach Eddie Jones was delighted to silence his critics after the tourists saw off Australia 25-17 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

The victory to make it 1-1 in the series means next week’s match in Sydney will be a decider. However, England will be without the injured Maro Itoje.

Talismanic lock Itoje was concussed after colliding with Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami in the first period and will now miss the winner-take-all clash.

Discussing their victory on Saturday, head coach Jones could not hide his delight at winning at the Brisbane venue, a stadium that he is a huge fan of.

Needle with the crowd

“I love coaching at Suncorp Stadium, it’s a good experience,” said Jones.

“You have got 48,000 people all full of drink and all they want to see is their team win. When you turn them away, it’s a great experience. A great feeling.

“I was coming out from the coaches’ box and they all have their scarves on. When did Australians start wearing scarves? It’s all the rage isn’t it? They are not so smart now.

“Before the game they are coming up saying to me you are going to get belted tonight. Now they are a little bit more quiet. So that’s good. I enjoy that.”

The win helps silence several of Jones’ doubters and the England boss was pleased about that, speaking about some interesting phone calls he’s been having.

“I like it. I think it is fantastic,” he said about the pressure he is under. “I love my mother ringing me up in the morning saying ‘are you going to get sacked? When do you have to move? Are you going to come back to Australia? Come back and live in Randwick’.

“I love that. My poor mother. But I don’t mind it because I have made the choice to take the job and that’s always going to happen because there’s infatuation with sacking coaches now isn’t there?”

Test of depth coming

Meanwhile, Australia head coach Dave Rennie admitted a sluggish start to the fixture cost them dearly in Brisbane and knows the decider will test their depth.

“We lost the collisions early, they chocked us in our half for the first 30 minutes and we fell 17-0 behind,” he said.

“When we played territory and got them down the right area of the field we could apply heat.

“We got to 22-17 and we had all the momentum, but you have to give them the credit. We have to look at our discipline and start better.

“Next Saturday is a decider and guys are playing for their country. We’ve got depth and that will be tested.”

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