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Eddie Jones spoke about Owen Farrell's tackle after Wallabies coach branded it 'ridiculous'

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England ended a difficult 2018 in style as they eased to a 38-18 victory over Australia.

Jonny May had edged the hosts in front with an early try, but things looked evenly poised at the break.

The Red Rose came flying out the traps in the second half, however, and tries from Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Owen Farrell put the game to bed.

Eddie Jones will breathe a huge sigh of relief as he looks ahead to the Six Nations, his men's next competitive outings.

The narrative could not have been more different for the Wallabies.

Australia have now lost their last six to England, a rivalry that has become embarrassingly one-sided - it's the first time in 109 years their record against them has been so poor.

Little wonder then, that Michael Cheika cut a dejected figure afterwards, having overseen nine defeats in his side's last 13 Tests.

To compound his misery, Australia ought to have had a penalty try for Owen Farrell's latest poor tackle.

Australia weren't happy 

The Saracens fly-half charged into second-row Izack Rodda on England’s line to prevent what would have been a certain try - with the scores tight at 13-10.

The 27-year-old got away with it too, Australia's calls for a yellow card and a penalty try waved away.

“If the challenge against South Africa was worth a penalty, this one should have been three,” Cheika hit out, via the Guardian.

“For the referee to say our player shoulder-charged Farrell is ridiculous. I count that as one of three tries we had disallowed and I do not know why it was not reviewed.

“When we met the referees after England’s game against South Africa, we were told Farrell’s challenge should have been a penalty. I have not spoken to the referee because it is what it is and there is no point. It does not take away from the fact that England were the better team and deserved to win. We kicked too much.”

Jones responds 

Unsurprisingly, Eddie Jones did not want to be drawn on the subject when told of Cheika's complaints.

"You guys love the TMO, I don't. I just accept whatever decision the TMO makes and that is the end of it," Jones told Sky Sports.

"We have had some good decisions, we have had some bad decisions, we just accept them."

"Speak to Michael about it. I'm sure he'll talk about it. Why talk to me about Michael Cheika?"

Jones' side have had a successful November

In the grand scheme of the result, it seems unlikely the referee's decision would have altered much.

However, questions have been raised over why Farrell has now been given free rein to make apparently illegal challenges twice in the last month without being penalised.

The danger, going forward, is that the officials are going to be watching him very closely when England next take to the field against Ireland in February.

What did you make of Farrell's tackle? Have your say in the comments. 

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Rugby Union
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