A truly incredible response to England Rugby Union’s defeat of Wales by five tries to one!
I have no particular favour for George Ford in the England set up (I must state here that I am a Wales fan, so what difference does my opinion make anyway?!) and think Eddie Jones really needs to develop alternatives to him and Farrell, for that matter.
However, Eddie Jones’ comments in a Daily Telegraph article, defending George Ford against the booing by the Twickenham faithful, shows that he really doesn’t get English rugby and probably never will.
Jones has brought England’s first 6 Nations Grand Slam in a decade, and back to back wins over the old enemy of Wales. He has developed Stuart Lancaster’s work in the back line and ‘boring’ England can score tries all over the park.
So why was George Ford booed?
To be fair, not being a great fan of Ford, I could come up with quite a few reasons but surely the number one answer must be, he missed two penalties and four conversation attempts. Now the extra fourteen points making the final score 41-13 still isn’t the reason he was booed!
The real reason was he missed kicks at goal!
Eddie Jones needs to realise that the English fans have been starved of actual tries being scored by England for what seems like a hundred years, and in that time the audience has come to appreciate/desire/covert kicks at goal. For most English fans they don’t realise that there is another way of scoring points in a game of rugby.
So Eddie, don’t be sad, just realise that you are in England now and keep the crowds happy with a fine display of being bored to death by kicking the ball from the tee at the H-shaped sticks.