Jones takes pop at 'complacent' Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones took an early opportunity to stoke the fires ahead of the Six Nations by accusing Wales of being complacent in a dramatic victory over Japan.

Wales needed a late drop goal from replacement fly-half Sam Davies to edge a tense 33-30 win at the Principality Stadium on Saturday after Japan threatened to claim another scalp.

Jones led Japan to a stunning triumph over South Africa in the World Cup last year, but said there is no way Wales should have been given such a scare against a side with new caps who are used to playing "company rugby".

"There will be some tears. The Japanese cry when they win and they cry when they lose, so there will be plenty of tears," Jones said after England hammered Fiji to extend their winning run to 12 matches.

"It's a fantastic result for them and Wales were obviously complacent again. You look at the side Wales put out, they shouldn't be winning by three points against a Japanese team that has seven or eight new caps.

"And those new caps are coming out of company rugby. You or I could play company rugby. It's not a good result for Wales."

Wales interim head coach Rob Howley knows his side got out of jail in Cardiff.

"It's relief more than frustration, but I thought Japan were the better team and deserved to win," he said.

"While we came away with a win, it certainly felt like a loss and Japan deserve the accolades they will get.

"I suppose in last two minutes we showed composure and a great drop-goal by Sam Davies but throughout the game we fuelled Japan's enthusiasm and energy."


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