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England v New Zealand: Eddie Jones unruffled by decisive offside call
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England v New Zealand: Eddie Jones unruffled by decisive offside call


New Zealand cling on to claim narrow win over England

England coach Eddie Jones hopes England “get some love from the game” in the future after Sam Underhill’s potential match-winning try was ruled out late on in a 16-15 defeat by New Zealand.

Underhill raced over in the corner in the 75th minute, only to see Courtney Lawes ruled offside in the build-up.

“Sometimes the game loves you and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Jones.

“It always balances out. We’ll get some love from the game further down the track.”

England benefited from a similarly tight decision in last weekend’s 12-11 win over South Africa, when Owen Farrell’s last-minute tackle on Andre Esterhuizen was ruled legitimate.

Frenchman Garces ruled out Underhill’s score after consulting with the video officials

New Zealand coach Steven Hansen believes referee Jerome Garces, who sent off Sonny Bill Williams in the All Blacks’ second Test defeat by the British and Irish Lions in 2017, showed courage to make the correct call.

“There was no doubt he’s offside,” he said of Lawes. “He’s just about in the scrum-half’s back pocket.

“What was going through my mind was are they going to be brave enough to make the right decision? And they were.

“England got a lucky break last week probably, so they couldn’t get two in a row.”

Bath flanker Underhill said: “I wasn’t watching the screen. When it got brought back it was what it was but it’s those small margins.”

Former England hooker Brian Moore said during commentary: “That was marginal, these are things that do go against you. It’s the referee’s interpretation and England have to live with it.”

Jones takes heart from performance

Despite defeat, Jones believes the result bodes well for England’s chances at the World Cup in 2019 where his team would meet the All Blacks in the semi-finals should both win their respective pools and last-eight encounters.

“We had a team of 400 caps and they had a team of 800 caps. That is a hell of a difference, and your ability to handle those difficult situations comes down a lot to experience,” said Jones.

“The next time we play them it might be a different story. Whenever we play them we will feel like we have a game to take to them.

“We needed a slump to reignite ourselves and we’ve done that.

“We’ve got Mako and Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes all to come back into contention so it’s a good situation for us to be in.”

England v the All Blacks
England have lost the last six meetings since their 38-21 win over New Zealand in December 2012
England have only won seven of the 41 meetings overall, drawing one and losing 33

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