Sunday, 17 February, 2019

All Blacks v England - Steve Hansen and Eddie Jones talk regularly

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Kristopher Love | 06 November, 2018, 02:55

Owen Farrell's late penalty snatched a 12-11 victory for injury-hit England in their opening November worldwide as sloppy South Africa were left to rue a lack of ruthlessness at Twickenham.

World Rugby has confirmed there is no citing arising from the 12-11 victory at Twickenham on Saturday, clearing stand-off Farrell to face the All Blacks this weekend.

Citing commissioner Keith Brown had 24 hours from Saturday's final whistle to decide if the challenge had warranted a red card, a move that would have led to a disciplinary hearing.

Having started his stint in charge of England with a streak of positive results, this year's performance in the Six Nations, combined with a poor tour of South Africa, has many wondering whether Jones will make it to 2019 at all.

World Rugby has instructed officials to punish such offences severely in a bid to reduce the number of head injuries, but a lack of consistency is undermining the process.

Meanwhile, South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus showed his bemusement at the judgment of referee Angus Gardner and TMO Olly Hodges.

Jonathan Kaplan, a former global referee from South Africa declared Gardner made the wrong decision, adding that Farrell's "arm wrapping around is an afterthought". Because you want to sack me? "If you look back at that Lions series, the Lions would have won if they had been more clinical".

"When we were successful with the Wallabies we could beat them because we could get to their set-piece, particularly their line-out", he said. "He had his arm to wrap, so it was a legal hit".

Handre Pollard had the chance to win it for South Africa late on but he pushed his effort and watched on as it kissed the right-hand post. "When our boys played for the Lions we got them to do notes about what they felt worked and didn't work", he said.

He was, however, sin-binned for killing the ball but England survived a one-man deficit for ten minutes and even scored a penalty through Farrell. "We didn't give", Jones said.