England coach Eddie Jones mentioned Jonny Could’s extraordinary attempt within the 41-18 Six Nations victory over Italy reminded him of the very best rugby league finishes he’d watched again dwelling in Australia.
Could acquired the ball on the left touchline within the remaining play of the primary half at Twickenham on Saturday however his path to the road was seemingly blocked by hefty Italy winger Luca Sperandio.
It proved no barrier for Could, nonetheless, who launched right into a dive up and above his opponent and managed to the touch the ball down.
It was simply the type of acrobatic leap that would not have appeared misplaced in final week’s Tremendous Bowl however Jones felt it was notably harking back to what he’d seen many occasions earlier than in his native Australia.
“He is clearly been watching rugby league,” he mentioned. “It is historically a manner of scoring, a sensible manner, within the NRL – completely sensible,” mentioned Jones.
“I feel he is checked out movies, however he is such an important attempt scorer.”
The attempt took Could’s worldwide tally to 32, clear in second place behind 49-try Rory Underwood in England’s all-time attempt scoring ranks.
Fellow winger Anthony Watson additionally had a great day as he ended an 11-month drought with a rating in every half.
Total, Jones was happy together with his facet’s show towards an inexperienced Italian facet who stood up strongly and even had the temerity to open the scoring with a second-minute attempt by Monty Ioane, the nephew of Australian worldwide Digby Ioane.
“We had been a bit gradual into the sport, however I feel it ended up being a great factor for us,” Jones mentioned of the nicely-created rating.
“If you’re enjoying a crew you’re speculated to win towards it sharpens you up a bit. I wasn’t too perturbed.
“Final week we gave the gamers an excessive amount of info, improper info, and it takes away a little bit of vitality. This week we had been rather more concise and had per week full of excellent readability and the gamers performed with good vitality.”
England journey to Wales of their subsequent recreation and can hope they’ll emulate final season’s achievement of recovering from a first-round defeat to go on and win the title.