It was a day for the likes of Ellis Genge to advance in Jones’s thoughts. He did so with a dominant scrummaging performance and his usual power carrying in the loose. If there is one thing that he needs to improve, it is when not to seek contact and put in a pass to a supporting player. Joe Launchbury was almost error-free and Will Stuart gave another dimension to the England tighthead position. With him and Kyle Sinckler competing for the starting role, Jones now has options he did not have in Japan last year.
Completing the front row’s contribution with three tries was hooker Jamie George. Jones has always complained about lacking leaders and George is starting to assume with England the authority he exerts at Saracens.
England’s lack of creative ambition has already drawn carping from some media quarters but this is to misunderstand the way in which England approached the Georgian challenge, it also does not take into account the filthy conditions in which they expected England to throw the ball around.
The Celtic sides struggled for fluency and as against those performances, England were far better.
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