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By Becky Grey
BBC Sport at Japan
England head coach Eddie Jones says once they powered to attain a first World Cup semi-final in 12 years, that his side have not hit their finest.
England stormed to a win using a functionality which prompted Jones to evaluate his new players samurai.
“The best samurai needed a plan they could accommodate,” he explained. “They had a calm mind but were filled with aggression.
“We were pretty much like that now.”
Jones added:”But the challenge is how can we get better since there’s always a better samurai around the corner. We haven’t played our best ”
The”better samurai round the corner” may be three-time champions New Zealand, that will be England’s semi-final opponents following the All Blacks’ 46-14 success against Ireland after on Saturday.
England appeared threatened when faced by the Wallabies with a start, but recovered to lead .
Their edge was cut down after a solo score from Marika Koroibete, however, attempts from Kyle Sinckler along with Anthony Watson and 20 points in Owen Farrell’s boot secured the win.
The only stressing sight for England fans was May pulling up just before fulltime, apparently because of pain from his legbut Jones said it had been a”twinge” and that the wing”should be nice”.
England dealt well so much recording their biggest winning margin in a World Cup knockout game.
Together with Jones particularly praising the rear row there were performances in England’s forward package.
Tom Curry was named man of the game after teaming up to take on Wallabies Michael Hooper and David Pocock.
However, his greatest plaudits were saved by Jones later not taking part because of an ankle injury sustained from Argentina a week in full training for variety eight Billy Vunipola, who played 80 minutes.
“The effort from Billy, provided he has just done a few training sessions, was exceptional,” Jones explained.
“Maybe it is helped him having his wife here, so we’re going to make certain his wife remains next week”
George Ford in the XV’s absence was the talking point after the group announcement on Thursday, with all the fly-half named among the replacements to the quarter-final.
Instead, captain Owen Farrell started together with Henry Slade and Manu Tuilagi the centres, at 10.
The choice to include Slade, who had not played over a half of rugby in five months due to a knee injury, appeared to be justified when the Exeter again placed a kick to set up May try.
Ford came off the bench in the 61st minute and the Australian said his operation had been”spectacular”.
“We were pleased with the choice,” Jones added. “Slade did a great job and Ford came on and filled his job beautifully.
“I did not drop Ford, I shifted his character and it was brilliant. Are we vindicated? We’re happy that he also played his role well. Modern rugby is a 23-man game.
“Whether he plays with 10 next week, we are not sure.”
England captain Owen Farrell:”I thought Australia made that a fantastic game. They assaulted throughout but our boys did well in defence and managed to find some field position off the back of it. We all know when we have.
“We did what was wanted. We had the direct and everything were throwing at us. We wanted to play the game at our speed and we did that in the second half.
England scrum-half Ben Youngs:”Australia perform how they play, you realize they’ll throw it around and they brought us difficulties.
We stuck in there, once we pushed back them the vital point was in the second half on our line, pushed down them. We were likely cruising in 2nd gear in those very first few games, but we moved through the gears today.”
England center Henry Slade:”There were a few tacky periods either side of this half-time however the heart the boys showed then was enormous. The way we dug our heels in and then moved on is a great indication for those boys.
“It was a really good performance and consequence, we can rest up today, watch another 3 games and prepare for the semi-finals.”
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