LONDON – England coach Eddie Jones was delighted with the way England followed their expansive game plan as they ripped Ireland apart in a record 57-15, eight-try Twickenham demolition job that sounded a warning to their World Cup rivals on Saturday.
After huffing and puffing their way to an uninspiring defeat in Wales last week, England cut loose with devastating effect, albeit against an abject Irish team.
"We went out to play a certain way and we did that – I was pleased with the intensity and purpose we played with," Jones said. "We adapted to the game a little bit on the run, the concentration level was pretty good and that's what we’re looking for in these games. "It was pleasing to be able to move the ball a bit especially, after last week, which was a bit of an arm wrestle for 80 minutes. Today there was a bit of ball movement so it was a nice way to prepare for the World Cup."
That was an understatement as, after falling behind to an early try, England turned on the style through the forwards and backs.
The revived 10-12 combination of George Ford and Owen Farrell brought extra zip and vision, creating space for the wide men – led by two-try winger Joe Cokanasiga and rampant outside centre Manu Tuilagi.