Eddie Jones’ artfully constructed ambush helps England to topple Australia

• Australia 28-39 England
• England register highest points tally in major Test in southern hemisphere

If this is “Bodyline” rugby, bring it on every week. Various England coaches have spent years seeking to outwit the southern hemisphere’s elite without understanding the answers primarily lie between the ears. Decisiveness, controlled aggression, clarity of execution; it is not a coincidence that it is an Australian head coach showing the Poms the best way to skin a Wallaby.

This was another artfully constructed Eddie Jones ambush, second only to his Japan team’s stunning triumph over South Africa last September. One minute Australia thought they had the visitors cornered at 10-0 down, the next they were staring at a 1-0 series deficit and the loss of their most influential forward, David Pocock, who has a fractured eye socket. When Jones described Michael Cheika afterwards as “the world’s best coach”, he did so from his office on the mezzanine level just above him.

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