England will have to be better in final - Jones

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Jones, a World Cup medal winner with South Africa in 2007 and a beaten final coach with Australia in 2003, said he would be at Sunday's South Africa-Wales semifinal, also in Yokohama assessing what his final opponent had to offer.


Jones said the All Blacks were a great side and he gave them credit for fighting right until the end and England had to dig deep to win the game.


They had wanted to take the game to them and put them on the back foot as much as they could.


Jones said there was so little between the sides that the psychological aspect of it was denying the opposition what gave them their energy while for England it was about what gave them energy and what made them play to their strengths and then being disciplined enough to follow that.


To achieve that they needed to get on the front foot and to sustain the pressure, he said


"We wanted to make sure they played from deep which I think we were able to do because we managed to get on the front foot around the ruck which created opportunities to either run or kick.


"Our kick-chase was fantastic, really good," he said.


Jones said England had been unconsciously preparing for the game for two and a half years while the All Blacks had a week to prepare.


"When you ingrain habits in your players, they're easier to sustain," he said.


"I thought Owen [Farrell] and the leaders on the field today were absolutely exceptional. They kept the team disciplined, they kept to their game plan and attacking where we thought New Zealand was weak and didn't divert from there," he said.


England's forwards had been well drilled and they managed to get physical ascendancy through the way they attacked the defensive line, the way they managed the breakdown and the attitude of the players.


"It's always a battle. The thing about playing New Zealand is that you might beat them on the scoreboard but you never actually beat them. You see them at the end of the game, they are still coming at us," he said.


Jones said he wasn't enough of an historian to know where the game ranked in English history but the win gave them a chance to play in the final where they would have to play better than they had in the semifinal.


They would be looking forward to South Africa and Wales having a tight semifinal on Sunday to the point where they played two lots of extra time to tire themselves out.


He said they had picked their finishing side to start the game and they had done a great job in playing with energy and discipline to give England a lead they never relinquished.


Jones said his relationship with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen went back to 1997 when they were coaching with the Brumbies and Crusaders respectively.


He was a great rugby man, one of New Zealand's greatest coaches and Jones said what he liked about Hansen was that he always thought about what was best for the game.


"He's going to be missed from the game but I'm sure there will be opportunities for him to be involved," he said.


Captain Owen Farrell said they had not wanted to be static during the All Blacks' haka but to be respectful without remaining in a flat line.


There was a calm feeling in the side, they felt in control of what they were doing and they had prepared well.


"When they scored points today we were the calmest we had been under the posts after that and it showed in our next actions," he said.


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