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Wallabies coach offers to step down
13 August 2005 17:58pm
Australia coach Eddie Jones said he would "step aside" if asked to after the Wallabies' 30-13 Bledisloe Cup defeat against New Zealand at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney.
Jones admitted afterwards that Australia's performance had been very disappointing even though injuries to key players had contributed.
"All I am concerned about is coaching the side," Jones said.
"If people want to make the decision that I am not the right person then I will step aside.
"If someone tells me I'm not in the job I'm not going to sit there and not move."
Jones claimed injuries to hooker Jeremy Paul, fly-half Matt Giteau, utility back Elton Flatley and centre Morgan Turinui had reduced the Wallabies' ability to match the All Blacks.
"When you go in bad you go in bad," Jones said, "but you have to be good enough to cope with it and we weren't.
"That's what Test rugby is about and we weren't good enough to cope with the disruptions."
Jones admitted that his Wallaby squad had to be improved in the lead up to the 2007 World Cup in France.
"We definitely have to improve the side - we are not playing well enough at the moment.
"We have a big challenge ahead of us and we really have to work hard as a team."
Jones believes one of the big problems was the turnover of possession.
"When we got into a winning position to put back-to-back plays together it went pear-shaped," he said.
Asked how the Wallabies should respond to the defeat, Jones was adamant that they have to get back to basics.
"The difference between winning and losing is about doing the little things well," Jones said.
"It's not a massive issue, it's about the ability not to make mistake after mistake - that's what stood out [on Saturday].
"When we made one mistake we made another which put us under further pressure and, at the moment, we are doing too many little things badly."
The Wallabies led 13-0 through two Matt Giteau penalties and a converted try from new full-back Drew Mitchell.
But Piri Weepu's try, and two Daniel Carter penalties, made it 13-10 at half-time before two more Carter penalties edged New Zealand ahead.
Richie McCaw's try with 15 minutes left put the All Blacks in command before Joe Rokocoko's score sealed victory.
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