'They deserved to win' – Eddie Jones gracious after All Blacks defeat

Eddie Jones was gracious in defeat after England's 16-15 loss to the All Blacks at Twickenham, declaring Steve Hansen's side as the better team on the day.

Having raced out to a 15-0 lead in the first half, England couldn't resist the All Blacks' fightback, eventually succumbing to a Beauden Barrett masterclass with the boot.

Speaking after the match, Jones couldn't help but hold his hand up in praise of the better side.

"We're obviously devastated, but you take the good with the bad," Jones said.

"We had opportunities to win the game, we didn't take them, they did, so they deserved to win the game.

"Full credit to New Zealand."

Jones also said that his side can hold their heads high in defeat, having almost matched the All Blacks for the entire 80 minutes.

"You benchmark yourself against New Zealand. New Zealand are the best team in the world, and we'll get a lot of reward for the work that we've done."

"We've got to work harder. We've got to fix the things that didn't work out today, and if we do that, we're on our way to being the best team in the world, which we always set out to be."

The outspoken England coach held his hands up after his side's 16-15 loss. Source: 1 NEWS

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