EDDIE JONES hailed George Ford’s expertise in unpicking a stacked USA defence after the fly-half starred in England’s victory.
Ford’s man-of-the-match performance continued his recent international revival and Jones must now decide whether to retain the 26-year-old (above) for the key Pool C matches against Argentina and France as part of a twin playmaker option alongside Owen Farrell.
Thriving on reams of front-foot ball, the team’s skipper brilliantly steered England around the pitch with his precise kicking and scored the opening try under the posts after darting through a gap.
‘We probably had 75 per cent possession and in a normal game we average 48 per cent,’ boss Jones said. ‘They had 14 people in the front line and parked the bus. We wanted to play rugby and attack them, and George managed it brilliantly.
‘George controlled the game well. I thought George really led the team well.’