EDDIE Jones was so upbeat after England’s one point defeat to New Zealand that he would probably have had to be scraped off the ceiling had Sam Underhill’s late try not been ruled out for offside.
Trailing 16-15, England thought they had snatched it when Underhill scored after a chargedown with four minutes to go, only for the TMO to rule out the score for an offside decision against Courtney Lawes.
That condemned England to yet another defeat at the hands of the world champions, who have now won 15 of the teams’ last 16 meetings, but Jones took the preferred coaching path of looking for the positives having been on the right side of a single point margin against South Africa last week.
“It was a fantastic game of rugby. We’re obviously devastated but you take the good with the bad and we’ll take a lot from that,” Jones told reporters.
“We had opportunities to win the game.