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November internationals: Jones labels England win 'grindathon'



England vs. Argentina

Wales vs. Australia

Ireland vs. South Africa

Scotland vs. Samoa

England 21-8 Argentina

Eddie Jones -- England coach

"I don't see there's any reason why I shouldn't be frustrated.

"It was a grindathon. They played well. We were off the pace a little bit, but I thought there were some things we did really well."

Dylan Hartley -- England captain

"A win's the main thing today. There's so much more to get better at.

"Defensively we obviously wanted to keep a clean sheet, so obviously disappointed with conceding at any stage of the game. So there's obviously stuff to work on."

Wales 21-29 Australia

Warren Gatland -- Wales coach

"I felt if Kurtley Beale had not scored that sort of freakish try, there was a good chance we could have won the game. Against a side of that quality, you have just got to be a bit more clinical. We probably tried to force a few too many passes and off-loads."

Alun Wyn Jones -- Wales captain

"We hurt ourselves a bit in the first half but hopefully people can see the positive way we're trying to play.

"It's just the balance, isn't it? We need to keep the ball probably a bit more in our half then when we get upfield we can open it up wider."

Michael Hooper -- Australia captain

"This is a great place to play. They're very loud, vocal fans, and it was another tough Test match.

"There are some new threats we haven't seen before but I'm happy our guys were able to deal with those threats. The Welsh took it to us in the second half but the boys dug deep with 14 men on the field."

Ireland 38-3 South Africa

Joe Schmidt -- Ireland coach

"It is incredibly satisfying to go out, watch the players bring the energy and accuracy, most of the time, that they did. It's satisfying, it's a relief.

"I grew up watching South Africa teams [that were] pretty dominant when they were at their peak. I don't actually think this Springbok team is very far away from that."

Sean O'Brien -- Ireland flanker

"The last 10 minutes with the scores -- it flattered us a bit. We work really hard to keep the ball and that was part of our plan today -- to kick it up in the air and put as much pressure on them as possible and we got a few scraps and a few bounces of the ball, which went our way.

"We have a lot of competition for places and it is a very healthy place to be. We put a lot of work on into this game and its paid off today. "

Allister Coetzee -- South Africa coach

"Our inconsistency for me is something I'd like to see improve in a big way. The Jekyll and Hyde element; at times we play well. I cannot see anything like this changing in a short space of time.

"The big things for me were the scrum, set-piece, and breakdown, and our discipline too. That all let us down. Funnily enough we had a great week's preparation, but that didn't translate onto the field today.

Francois Louw -- South Africa flanker

"It's pretty much up there with the worst. We have not done what we wanted to achieve today.

"We were chasing the game early on, a bit of ill-discipline put the Irish on the scoreboard and to be fair to them, they took massive advantage of that. You don't want to be chasing games like this."

Scotland 44-38 Samoa

Gregor Townsend -- Scotland coach

"The opposition are going to force you into errors because they are excellent players, and we know on all aspects of the game we have to be better and we know that going into next week.

"There are a couple of areas that we will definitely have to be better to take on what is currently the best team in the world."

Chris Vui -- Samoa second row

"I felt like even though the result didn't go our way, it almost put us back on the map.

"We're a really proud country and we're here to play rugby. I thought we showed that."

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