Beaten by the British Barbarians (52-21), Sunday, the English coach revealed that the defeat was rich in lessons before the summer tour in Australia.
“We wanted to win this game against the Barbarians, don’t get me wrong. But it was also a preparation match for (the tour in) Australia, so we tried to play differently“, recalled the coach of the XV of the Rose.
“If we had played very well today, it would have been a very good thing but not necessarily for the future because we would not have been able to check things that we had to check.“, he continued, without further details.
Often criticized for their unambitious game, Australia seem to want to steer their team towards a little more risk-taking. But, on Sunday, with a team notably cut off from players from Leicester and Saracens, who had played the final of the English championship the day before, and against Barbarians with a strong French backbone, the bar was far too high.
“It’s a good reminder of how much work we still have to do before AustraliaJones pointed out. “I’m very happy with what we did“, he even assured, “not happy with the way we played, but happy with the intentions we put into what we wanted to do“.
“Most of the things we tried to do today didn’t work, as seen on the bulletin board, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work in the future.“, he completed.
The English are due to face the Wallabies in Australia on three occasions, on July 2, 9 and 16.