England Coach Eddie Jones has heaped insult on the injury inflicted on the Wallabies at Twickenham, announcing that Melbourne Storm defensive Coach Jason Ryles gave the Poms and edge in tackling.
England spares no expense when trying to prove that it is still the great country it once was and rugby is an area of national pride.
Jones had an assistant staff of more than 20, yet he bought Ryles a plane ticket to London to serve in a consultancy role. That plane ticket was a sound investment, it would seem, as the Wallabies failed to score a try at Twickenham and will now have to live with British bragging for the next year.
Jones made the move to bring in Ryles despite having a full-time defensive coach named Paul Gustard, who is very highly regarded. Still, Ryles had something to offer. With 248 NRL games to his credit, he was able to supply Jones and the British ruggers with a defensive style heavy on collisions and the disturbance possible when a second man joins a tackle.
In remarks published by The Courier-Mail, Jones said, “Relentless defence is a Storm trademark and that’s what we want.”
The Poms gave up no five-point-tries to the Wallabies in the 30 – 6 victory, although the debate about no try calls involving Michael Hooper and Marika Koroibete will continue to be a point of contention for some time, especially given the circumstances where an “objective” Kiwi judge seemed to have zero sympathy for the Aussies.
One of those disputed calls involved a ball being called out, when the video evidence suggested otherwise, which makes us wonder when rugby will get on the same plan as tennis, where the Cyclops system removes all doubt about whether a ball was in or out.
The Wallabies have one last chance at redemption when the head to Scotland for the final stop on their spring tour to play the Scots at Murrayfield. Scotland’s defense has an experienced Aussie player from Queensland in Matt Taylor, who took part in the Scot’s 24 – 17 upset win over the Wallabies June past in Sydney.