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Cheika disrespected referee - Jones

England coach Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has hit back at Michael Cheika’s claims that England will try to bully Australia by accusing his opposite number of disrespecting the referee for Saturday’s showdown at Twickenham.

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Cheika suggested the Six Nations champions would use underhand tactics in the Cook Cup showdown, targeting his half-backs with late tackles.

The Wallabies head coach said there would be “no point” in expressing his concerns to referee Ben O’Keeffe before the Test this weekend.

Jones was not impressed with Cheika’s pre-match comments, but does not expect O’Keeffe to take any notice of his compatriot.

“Obviously [the Wallabies] like the media more than the referee,” said the England head coach. “The referee is an intelligent guy and I’m sure he won’t be influenced by comments made in the press.

“I have coached over 100 Tests and every Test I have had a meeting with the referee and it is a sign of respect that you want to know what he wants from the game and what we want and it is a mutual exchange of information for the benefit of the game.”

Jones thinks Cheika ought to have thought about his words more carefully.

“It’s a nice term [bullying] to use at the moment.” he said. “You get up in the morning and there is a story on cyber bullying, a story on British gymnastics – it’s a common word to use.

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“We have had a good preparation and those comments by Australia are literally water off a duck’s back. I don’t know about all that fun and games. They want to play a lot of games at this stage.”

Australia suffered a blow on the eve of the game when lock Adam Coleman was ruled out with a thumb injury, the uncapped Blake Evener replacing him.

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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