Jones urges Wales to finish the job

Posted February 12, 2017

FOR A SECOND successive week, desperate England left it late but yet again they somehow secured another victory.

"It was a great Test".

England head coach Eddie Jones has confessed that his side have "used up all of our get out of jail cards" after leaving it late to overcome Wales. "I thought we were very good in the first 20 minutes and the last 20, but we were indifferent in the middle 40 and we need to improve our consistency". But not because I'm unhappy with the guys that played today, because I want to keep developing the team.

"We have now become a team that is hard to beat and, even when a side beats us, I don't think they are going to beat us, and that is what we want to be like".

"We have a training camp in central London in the week and the players will be working hard".

Alun Wyn Jones wasn't at his best (Picture: Getty) Alun Wyn Jones has greatly impressed since taking over the captaincy from Sam Warburton but the giant lock has had better days in Wales colours.

Clifford's lone Test start came in a 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham in May, a match in which the 23-year-old Harlequins back-row scored a try. Wales opted for scrum instead of a penalty kick and blew it when Rob Evans collapsed against England tighthead Dan Cole. He strung them along all week, revealing after the match that he had no intention of playing under cover.

"There are always shadows in the corners that can come out", Jones said of that match when Stuart Lancaster's side wilted in an incredible atmosphere.

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"The roof should be open unless the conditions are going to be absolutely awful". The only thing we control is our own mental state and the way we play the game.

England's next two matches are at home to Italy and Scotland.

Nine tries from Ireland, including two hat-tricks, saw them record their biggest Six Nations win of all time.

"We knew physically they would be there and from minute one to 80, and they showed it".

And that set the scene for a thrilling finale following another Farrell penalty, with Daly applying the killer blow to Wales and Farrell adding the extras. That showed by scoring a try in the 76th minute having defended a number of phases in our 22.

Clifford, who was not involved against France, has seven caps but his only worldwide start came in last May's game against the Welsh.

Robert Howley was left to reflect a failure to find touch at the end.

England should win that game easily based on Italy's poor display against Ireland on Saturday, and with a home match against Scotland before the Super Saturday finale in Dublin, they have been made odds-on to secure back to back grand slams.