England coach Eddie Jones caught in fiery spray at Wallabies fan

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England coach Eddie Jones confronted a heckling Wallabies fan in a fiery post-match incident at the SCG. Pic: Twitter@adampeacock3
England coach Eddie Jones confronted a heckling Wallabies fan in a fiery post-match incident at the SCG. Pic: Twitter@adampeacock3

England coach Eddie Jones has been captured on camera blowing up at a heckling Wallabies fan, following his side's series-clinching win over Australia at the SCG on Saturday night.

The Wallabies were left to rue a number of missed opportunities as England made sure they ended the three-Test series with the Ella-Mobbs trophy in their keeping.

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Playing win what is likely to be the last ever rugby Test match at the SCG, the Wallabies fell just short in their quest to farewell the iconic ground, going down 21-17 to their fierce rivals.

With Australia taking the opening win in Perth and England responding in Brisbane, Jones's men delivered when the pressure was on.

It backed up their 2016 series win in Australia, which was a 3-0 whitewash and relieved pressure on coach Jones after a run of poor Six Nations results.

Jones' celebrations were somewhat soured by an ugly post-match incident with a Wallabies fan who accused the Australian-born coach of being a "traitor".

The England mentor - who coached the Wallabies between 2001 to 2005 - took exception to the comment in an explosive moment that threatened to boil over.

As his security detail tried to hold him back, Jones pushed past to angrily confront the Aussie supporter in the stands.

"What did you say? What did you say," a furious Jones yelled.

"Come here and say it. Come here and say it. Come here and say it."

The fan appeared shocked by Jones's reaction and backed off.

The coach didn't mention the incident in the post-match press conference but following their Brisbane Test victory said he'd taking great delight in shutting up the crowd.

It came after England captain Courtney Lawes said his team were motivated by "smack" comments made by a number of Australian players in the media in the lead-up to their SCG win.

"We saw plenty of stuff in the press about some of our players and what they were saying," Lawes said.

"Some people targeting Gengey, (prop Ellis Genge) some people calling us Poms and what not.

"It's all fuel for our tank. Any good team uses that as motivation I think."

Mistakes cost Wallabies series win

The Wallabies created many more chances but were unable to turn their them into points with England's massive defensive effort deserving praise.

Jones also hailed his team's leadership and ability to instil confidence in young guns such as playmaker Marcus Smith and winger Tommy Freeman.

"We had to fight like anything and we kept in there," Jones said.

"We weren't at our best, which sometimes happens, but when you fight like that and win a game like that it's a big achievement."

Australia brought former NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu into the fray for his Test debut with three minutes remaining but the ex-Storm flyer was unable to find the match-winning try.

Smith delivered a crucial blow in the 55th minute when an Australian line-out went awry and Noah Lolesio failed to secure the loose ball.

Smith scooped it up and showed his blistering pace in racing 50m to touch down, with Owen Farrell adding the extras for a 21-10 lead.

Seen here, England captain Courtney Lawes celebrates the series victory over the Wallabies by holding the Ella-Mobbs Cup aloft.
England captain Courtney Lawes celebrates the series victory over the Wallabies by holding the Ella-Mobbs Cup aloft. Pic: Getty

The Australians were able to hit back 10 minutes later when replacement hooker Folau Fainga'a burrowed over the line, closing the margin to four points.

The home side lived up to their promise to get off to a fast start but despite dominating territory and possession, found themselves trailing at halftime.

Poor execution and errors at key moments proved costly with Reece Hodge sending a ball sailing over the sideline, while prop Taniela Tupou was guilty of pushing passes that were never on.

While the halftime hooter sounded, England hammered the tryline before fullback Freddie Steward dived across to put his team ahead 11-10.

Australia's first-half try was scored by a hungry Tom Wright off a line-out, with Marika Koroibete sending a long ball out to his fellow winger.

He and Nic White combined before Wright raced to the line and Lolesio added the extras for a 7-3 lead after 26th minute.

Koroibete and Samu Kerevi were everywhere in attack while skipper Michael Hooper and lock Nick Frost, in his first Test start, also worked tirelessly but in the end it wasn't enough.

with AAP

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