Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has expressed his frustration with a South African journalist, labeling him a “smart arse,” following a disappointing 43-12 loss to a second-string Springboks team. Prior to the match, Jones had hoped that South Africa would field their strongest lineup. However, the Springboks chose to rest several of their top players in preparation for their upcoming match against the All Blacks. Jones, clearly disappointed, responded sharply to the journalist’s question, stating that South Africans are good at winning and there was no need for him to be a “smart arse.”
Jones went on to approach the journalist after the press conference to reprimand him further, emphasizing the importance of showing respect. The Wallabies managed to score the first and last tries of the match but were overwhelmed by the Springboks’ dominant performance in between. Jones acknowledged the team’s shortcomings in various areas and recognized the need for improvement before their next match against Argentina.
This match marked Jones’ first Test in charge since being fired by England last year. Despite the disappointing result, Jones remained optimistic about the team’s ability to bounce back. The Springboks’ victory showcased their strength in depth as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup.
Overall, it was a difficult defeat for the Wallabies, but Jones is determined to address the team’s weaknesses and come back stronger in future matches.
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