Eddie Jones began his second stint with the Wallabies with a 43-12 defeat in the Rugby Championship to the Springboks on Saturday, 8 July.
The 63-year-old said it would take time for his side to gel. “We are obviously a new team and a new coaching staff, so we are finding out where we are at,” The South African reported.
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JONES GOT OFF TO THE WORST POSSIBLE START IN THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Jones, who had a stint with the Springboks in 2007, said prior to the game at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria that he wasn’t happy about facing a “half-baked Springboks side”.
Those words came back to haunt him as the Wallabies suffered a heavy defeat.
Jones took his frustration out on a reporter who asked him after the match Planet Rugby reported: “Eddie, you expressed your disappointment in the week that you weren’t playing the first-choice Springboks side. Is that a bit of a relief now?”
Jones wasn’t happy with the framing of the question and snapped back: “South Africans are good at winning. You don’t have to be a smartarse mate.”
The Springboks team management opted to send several players to New Zealand ahead of this weekend’s clash. Jones was reacting to the decision and in a smart move deflected the media’s attention somewhat from his team’s dismal performance.
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YouTube channel RugbyPass hosts a show called The Breakdown and they discussed Eddie Jones’ tough start to his reign with Australia rugby in the Rugby Championship. Watch the clip below:
SPRINGBOKS FACE NEW ZEALAND AFTER BLITZING WALLABIES
The Springboks face a tough encounter against the All Blacks. They also won their opening round of the Rugby Championship 41-12 against Argentina.