Friday 22 September 2017

Jones: The first beer never tastes the same as the second

England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo: Reuters
England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo: Reuters
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Eddie Jones has warned his England players to expect a backlash when they look to complete a 2-0 series win over Argentina this evening (8.15)

A late Denny Solomona try gave England a 38-34 victory last weekend.

Flanker Sam Underhill is in line to become the 11th player to win his first cap on the development tour and despite the changes to his starting XV, Jones is demanding that the same standards are met.

"I think it might be a bit of a slug-athon," Jones said. "It is like drinking a beer - the first beer never tastes the same as the second beer and the third beer never tastes the same as the second one. Rugby is the same.

"We want to become a very adaptable team - we want to be able to play both ways; if we have to slug it out or if we have to play in an open affair like last week.

"We have made a few changes to have a slightly stronger team and we feel well equipped to handle the occasion."

Despite being without 30 players due the Lions tour and injury, England's strength in depth continues to impress and Jones is expecting plenty of selection headaches.

"That's 62 players we want to keep tabs on," he added. "It has got to get down to 31 so the competition is intense."

Argentina captain Agustin Creevy is gunning for revenge, saying: "I am very angry and the team is very angry after the first game.

"It comes down to a lack of concentration and we are very focused on what we have to do.

"It is a matter of attitude. You can train for hours and hours but it does not matter if the attitude is not right, and our attitude is very important this week."

New Scotland coach Gregor Townsend is aiming to build on last week's win over Italy when his side face a significant step up in class against Australia.

"We were always keen to make sure that players who were close to selection got an opportunity," Townsend said. "A few got it last week, a few who were close get it this week. When you put a squad together, you first put a team together that you believe can win."

Conor O'Shea will look to get Italy back on track against Fiji, while France will have to improve drastically from last weekend's awful showing if they are to beat South Africa.

Argentina v England,
Live, BBC 2, 8.15pm

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