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Jones wants more despite ending 10-year wait

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Eddie Jones wants more from his England side despite ending a 10-year wait for victory over South Africa with his 10th win from 10 Tests as boss.

Tries from Jonny May, Courtney Lawes, George Ford and Owen Farrell, who finished with 19 points, saw England comfortably defeat a disappointing South Africa at Twickenham. The Springboks have lost five of their last six Tests.

Jones, appointed Stuart Lancaster’s successor 12 months ago in the aftermath of England’s pool phase exit at their home Rugby World Cup, believes there is plenty of room for improvement.

“When I took the job I had no expectations,” Jones said. “All I knew was I was inheriting a very good side that was put together by Stuart Lancaster that had oodles and oodles of talent.

“My job was to make sure that that talent produced performances. We’re starting to do that, but we’ve got to get better.

“We’re nowhere near good enough at the moment.”

Jones was already looking ahead to next Saturday’s second of four autumn Tests, with Fiji the opposition.

He added: “I’ll be more pleased when we play better against Fiji next week. We can’t wait to play Fiji next week.”

Eddie Jones praised the work of Ben Youngs in England’s victory over South Africa. David Rogers/Getty Images

After 11 defeats and a draw in their previous 12 meetings dating back to November 2006, England responded from an early blip to put South Africa to the sword.

Captain Dylan Hartley told Sky Sports 1: “We’re very happy to get that monkey off our back.”

Jones was content after the Grand Slam winners’ first match for more than four months, since the 3-0 series win in his native Australia, but described the performance as worthy of just a “pass mark”.

“Having not beaten South Africa for 10 years, to win by that scoreline today is fantastic,” Jones added.

“We always thought that the first 20 minutes were going to be the most difficult. South Africa were going to come out hard, physical, be at us and they certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard.

“We don’t have a discipline problem. We gave away some silly penalties and we can fix that easily. But we regained our composure, control. I thought some of our attack today was good and some was very poor.

“Defensively we gave away a soft try at the end which was disappointing. But all in all we get a pass mark today.”

Jones was pleased his senior players — Hartley and vice-captains Farrell and Billy Vunipola — took the responsibility to wrest the momentum back after a shaky start marred by the concession of penalties.

Jones said: “They pulled everyone into line, understood what we needed to do. Basically my job is to make myself redundant. When I’m redundant then the team’s going to be functioning well.”

Scrum-half Ben Youngs made Ford and Farrell’s scores and was man of the match.

Jones said: “He’s got potential to be one of the best half-backs in the world and that’s where we want him to be.”

Jones also praised Joe Launchbury and Lawes, who scored his first Test try on his 50th appearance, as well as the returning May and flanker Tom Wood.

Elliot Daly, making his first start at outside centre, received a pat on the back, but there was some criticism of Marland Yarde for conceding a needless aerial penalty.

“Marland gave one away in the air which we shouldn’t do,” added Jones, when discussing the early penalty count against his side.

“It’s just those little bits and pieces we need to tidy up. Club rugby you get away with that. International rugby you don’t.”

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