Argentina coach Michael Cheika stated he had been “energised” by guiding Lebanon within the Rugby League World Cup simply days earlier than the Pumas edged England 30-29 at Twickenham on Sunday.
Emiliano Boffelli scored 25 of Argentina’s factors, together with one in all their two tries, in what was a gown rehearsal for subsequent 12 months’s rugby union World Cup conflict between the 2 groups because the Pumas emerged victorious of their Autumn Nations Sequence opener.
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However the end result has additionally positioned a mountain of stress on fellow former Wallabies coach, now England coach, Eddie Jones as requires the 62-year-old’s head have grown louder forward of the Rugby World Cup in September and October 2023.
England have gained simply three of their eight matches this season, together with two within the three match sequence win in opposition to Australia.
Writing for The Every day Mail Sir Clive Woodward wrote: “Eddie Jones is selecting and training a workforce that simply can’t play quick sufficient and there’s no-one on the RFU who’s remotely certified to carry him to account. Argentina introduced the depth and credit score to them on a historic victory.
“The gamers aren’t the issue. England’s enjoying pool is pretty much as good as anybody on the earth. I may nitpick about people however the fault right here lies with the way in which they’re coached and chosen.
“Too many gamers are being picked out of place. Maro Itoje shouldn’t be a flanker and Owen Farrell shouldn’t be a centre. These guys are two of the perfect gamers on the earth however England aren’t maximising their potential.”
On social media, they have been extra vicious.
Instances Sport’s Chris Jones tweeted: “So @EnglandRugby lose 30-29 to @unionargentina at residence and Eddie Jones says there are too many penalties within the recreation. He’s proper and plenty of given away by dumb play from his gamers”
Guitar.com commissioning editor Josh Gardner wrote: “Outstanding to see England and Eddie Jones get out-coached at HQ by a part-time rugby league coach.”
The Athletic’s Simon Johnson posted: “England lose one other take a look at match below Eddie Jones. Not a shock.”
Curiously, Cheika coached a world match a day earlier, teaching the Lebanon Rugby League World Cup facet as they suffered a 48-4 quarter-final loss to reigning league world champions Australia in Huddersfield.
“To be sincere, I’ve beloved it. I really like being right here with these fellas, they’re good to be round, they make you wish to rise up within the morning and do your very best to arrange them,” Cheika informed reporters.
“The expertise with Lebanon, it’s my heritage and my household’s heritage, the Rugby League World Cup was most likely the most effective in my life, sporting clever.
“That connection again to your heritage and training guys from completely totally different ranges of footie, amateurs, it gave me a lot vitality.
“It may have been an ideal weekend, but when we’re going to get beat, could as nicely get beat by Australia.”
Argentina’s tour continues subsequent weekend in opposition to a Wales facet overwhelmed 55-23 by New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday.
Sunday’s win was simply Argentina’s second over England at Twickenham following a 25-18 triumph again in 2006.
The win additionally noticed Argentina finish a run of three successive defeats by all opponents, together with back-to-back losses in opposition to world champions South Africa within the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship and a 10-match shedding streak in opposition to England.
“It was difficult too as a result of nobody in that (Argentina) facet had gained in opposition to England earlier than,” stated Cheika, Australia’s coach once they defeated England at Twickenham in the course of the 2015 World Cup.
“So that you’ve acquired to mix the psychological facet of it with the tactical and the technical and naturally it was solely a small margin too.”
However Cheika, who performed alongside Pink Rose coach Eddie Jones at Sydney membership Randwick, refused to learn an excessive amount of into Sunday’s end result forward of Argentina’s World Cup pool opener in opposition to England in Marseilles on September 9.
“I’m not large on laying the markers and all that kind of stuff,” he stated. “Will probably be a completely totally different recreation.”
Below Cheika, the Pumas beat the All Blacks in New Zealand for the primary time in August.
Self-discipline, nonetheless, has been a difficulty in current occasions however on Sunday each Argentina and England conceded 10 penalties every.
“Defensively, we most likely performed extra with out the ball however we took higher choices and weren’t penalised as a lot as we have been in opposition to South Africa,” Cheika stated.