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50 SPORT SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Jones still haunted by Cup heartbreak JULIAN LINDEN EVEN as he stands on the cusp of one of coachings greatest redemptions, Eddie Jones still cant forget about the one that got away. Sixteen years later, Jones remains haunted by Australias heartbreaking loss to England in the 2003 World Cup final. Beaten by a Jonny Wilkinson field goal in the last minute of extra time, Jones has never got over that loss and missing out on the chance to redeem himself with his homeland. Opening up for the first time about the devastating personal impact that loss had on him, Jones said it took him four years just to even realise he was still depressed and in shock about the result. I didnt realise what an effect it had on me until possibly 2007. You think everything is all right but you lose a World Cup final and its a difficult experience, he said. Ive experienced both and I know the difference you feel and if you dont reflect really well, which I didnt after the last World Cup, then you carry some things with you that arent always positive. They can be negative and they have an effect on how you approach your job. Jones was so desperate to make amends that he lost sight of what made him such a great coach in the first place and he lost his job in 2005. Crushed by his sacking and the bitter fallout that ensued, Jones has since gone on to establish himself as one of the World Cups greatest coaching success stories, but with other countries, not his homeland. He was an assistant to the South African team that won the title in 2007 then he masterminded the greatest upset in the tournaments history when Japan beat the Springboks in the pool stages in 2015. Now hes taken England to tonights final in Yokohama, against South Africa. Should England win, Jones will be revered as a coaching genius and enjoy all the accolades that will come from that, but it will never heal his heartache, even though he acknowledges it was the lessons he learnt from 2003 that has made him the best coach in the world today. I think I was just too desperate to win and you cant be desperate for things. Youve got to have the will to prepare to win, thats the difference and it takes time sometimes, he said. England coach Eddie Jones looks on during the sides captain's run yesterday. Jones says he was depressed after the World Cup loss in 2003 Picture: GETTY IMAGES All Blacks veterans stand tall Ben Smith scores Picture: AFP Midfield threat the focus for Victory SHUTTING down Western Uniteds star-studded midfield will be the key to Melbourne Victory securing bragging rights in tonights A-League derby at Marvel Stadium. Victorys midfield came under scrutiny in the opening fortnight, but delivered an improved performance in Round 3 against Brisbane. Curbing the influence of Alessandro Diamanti and Panagiotis Kone is a fresh challenge for Marco Kurzs outfit, with Diamanti particularly prominent for United. You must control Diamanti because he makes the rhythm in the game he can play the final passes, he plays very good in-swings, crossings and he can make the decision with a pass or to score a goal, Kurz said. Its (on) the team to control him. But not only him also the other three guys in the midfield from United. Kurz was confident his side could cover the loss of Andrew Nabbout (hamstring), with striker Kenny Athiu potentially in line for further involvement. United have been plagued by slow starts. BEN Smith scored two vintage tries before halftime, Kieran Read did a power of work and Sonny Bill Williams produced a pair of trademark offloads as three veteran All Blacks went into retirement with a bronze medal to add to their previous Rugby World Cup titles. Six days after a semi-final loss to England ended New Zealands bid for a third straight world championship, the All Blacks beat Wales 40-17 in the third-place playoff. No surprises there. The All Blacks hadnt lost back-toback Tests since 2011, and their last lost to Wales was 66 years ago. New Zealand opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Joe Moody strode 20 metres before sliding over for a rare front-rowers try. Fullback Beauden Barrett combined with Aaron Smith to score and make it 14-0 after 14 minutes. Sydney turn it on against Newcastle SPARKLING Sydney FC have found the goal touch that eluded them in last weeks ALeague derby, with a crushing 4-1 home win over Newcastle at Leichhardt Oval. Both sides scored inside the first 10 minutes, with Milos Ninkovic netting for Sydney and Matt Millar for the Jets. The game was locked at 1-1 shortly before halftime, but a slick Adam Le Fondre finish gave the Sky Blues the lead. They took little more than five minutes of the second half to increase their buffer with a Ryan McGowan shot deflecting off John Koutroumbis. Friendship forgotten as Fowler chases win ITS nothing personal but Brisbane coach Robbie Fowler is desperate to secure a win over Markus Babbels Western Sydney Wanderers. The former Liverpool teammates go head-to-head for the first time as A-League coaches at Bankwest Stadium today. Fowler and Babbel were only together at Anfield for just over a season but secured a treble in 2001, winning the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and English League Cup. The pair remain good friends but Fowler insists his motivation for todays match is no different than any other. Regardless of who Im up against, regardless of whether they be a good friend or not, I still want to have the joy of seeing our team win the three points, Fowler said. We have history as teammates. We were good teammates and part of a successful team. Where we are now is totally different to where weve been. While Babbels Wanderers sit top of the league after a perfect three wins from three starts, the Roar have a last-gasp draw and a 1-0 defeat from their two matches.
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