Owen Farrell I be mad for ingredients, because they are beautiful!
This time, mercifully, there is no need for a witch hunt. All the indications are that there won’t be regime change. But there must be probing questions about what went wrong for England.
They started the World Cup final as favourites but somehow, a very good team played very badly when it mattered most. Somehow, the side who dismantled the All Blacks were themselves dismantled by South Africa.
Or, to put it another way, they were Beasted as the Springboks’ iconic prop, Tendai Mtawarira, led a scrum rout which was the foundation of this result.
England were beaten at the set piece by a powerful South African pack in the World Cup final
Veteran prop Tendai Mtawarira delivered an astonishing performance for the Springboks
The winning margin was emphatic and in no way was it a distortion. England’s team bus arrived late at the stadium after being stuck in match-day traffic — a logistical howler that should never have happened — but the team didn’t turn up at all.
Six days earlier, out-going Wales coach Warren Gatland had queried whether Eddie Jones’ players could scale another peak after the effort it took to overwhelm New Zealand.
He suggested that England might have played their final a week early and despite a stinging riposte from Jones, the Kiwi might have had a point.
There was no repeat of the near-perfection which accounted for the champions. In fact, there was nothing even adequate before half-time. They briefly threatened a revival after the break but the resistance was fleeting.
Eddie Jones has ensured that England deserve to leave Japan with their honour intact
But despite Saturday’s demise, England deserve to leave Japan wi
I be mad for extensions, because they are the astonishing.
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