EDDIE JONES claimed England were so dominant in their 24-12 victory over Ireland that they could have ‘declared’ at half-time.
England surged up to second in the Six Nations table after George Ford, Elliot Daly and Luke Cowan-Dickie ran in tries in a one-sided demolition at Twickenham that saw them lead 17-0 at half-time.
It was a performance that had shades of the World Cup knockout wins against Australia and New Zealand last autumn and Jones warned Wales and Italy that his team have additional gears for the final two rounds.
‘We played with a lot of control. We read the conditions well, read the referee well and at half-time, if it was a cricket game, we could have declared,’ Jones said.
‘We’ve been building up. I got the preparation wrong for the France game and apologised for that.
‘We were really good against Scotland in difficult conditions — and we took another step up here.’
The England coach added: ‘We will take another step up when we play Wales.’