Eddie Jones says that he was pleased Japan were”fired up” with his pre-match assert that they should”pray, pray, pray” before meeting his England team.
“This is precisely what we wanted.
“We did not underestimate them whatsoever. We understood it was a tough game.”
“It arouses me up a little,” he added.
“That helped us helped our motivation”
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Earlier in the week, Jones had told Japan, who he coached for 3 years from 2012, to”visit the temple”, promising the hosts were likely to be”totally callous”.
Nevertheless Japan, ranked seven places below England and 60-7 winners from the teams’ only previous Test meeting, led 15-10 at half-time.
“Maybe we have seduced a bit by the beginning,” said Jones, whose side led through scrum-half Danny Care’s third-minute try before falling behind.
“Should you score with the your first bit of the ballthen players subconsciously think that this is not likely to be as hard as we thought it was likely to be”
The Australian, 58, insisted that his half-time team speak hadn’t been ferocious.
He said:”It’s different these days. You tone it down once you get beyond 55!
“We just talked about the fact we needed additional effort and needed to get stuck in. We were not getting stuck in but began doing that in the second half.
“It’s quite gratifying and our players are going to learn a great deal about that.”
England had made 11 changes from the team that dropped last weekend, and shortened their prep time to replicate the short turnarounds effort that was involved in a Rugby World Cup.
Before the house players returned into the dressing area at half-time, fly-half George Ford, captain on the occasion of his 50th cap, called them into a huddle on the pitch.
“I asked the players if that has been good enough to perform such as that for England in a Test match and there was a resounding’no’ from everyone,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“We needed an attitude change and a different mindset in the second half, to bring more energy and life into our performance, especially defensively.
“The pleasing thing is we got that response in the second half”
Former England fly-half Paul Grayson on BBC Radio 5 live:
“If his comments last week were aimed at making certain the Japan’s players were as fired up as they could be, I believe he could have stated it in a better way.
“If you’re going to enter the depths of the World Cup, then you’re likely to have to rely on some fringe players. When you call a team out and say you will stand and deliver and neglect to do so, that is some cause for concern.”
“The scoreline doesn’t tell the entire story. Japan are brilliant today; their skill level and imagination was brilliant to watch.
“England’s lack of fluency seemed to be down to their indiscipline. It seems to be a running motif in 2018, if it be the Tour, the Six Nations to South Africa or through those autumn internationals. They gave away penalties to nearly 10 in that first half offering up land and possession.
“England should not have to rely on Owen Farrell to set the bar concerning physicality, direction and game management. I thought when they arrived off the bench, Kyle Sinckler and Sam Underhill raised the intensity.
“England dug themselves out of a hole and it is that grit which will aid them in the pool stages of the next year’s World Cup.”