England head coach Jones has steered England into the last four of the World Cup for the first time in 12 years and he said of 26-year-old Harlequins prop Sinckler:
“He’s not short of athletic ability and he was charging onto them like a runaway rhino. But he’s a footballer and I’ve been really impressed about how hard he’s working at his game, how hard he’s worked at areas where he hasn’t been great – particularly his work off the ball – and that’s a big part of his development as a rugby player.”
Sinckler, his face wreathed in smiles after he touched down, was one of three England try-scorers in the 40-16 destruction of the Wallabies in Oita.
Wing Jonny May landed a quick-fire double and Anthony Watson grabbed a late interception.
New Zealand earned their semi-final place with a 46-14 route of Ireland.
Jones added: “We haven’t played our best yet and the challenge for us is how do we get better next week, how do we get better individually, how do we get better as a team. In these World Cups that’s what it’s all about.
“The semi-finals are always the toughest game of the tournament because you’ve got two teams desperate to make the final.
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