Faith can be a strong emotion. Eddie Jones certainly has that hope. His men will have to extract every ounce, and even then it may not be enough to get past well-rested, highly motivated All Blacks in Twickenham.
How else could this be for England this week? If Springboks took a slightly more clinical ending; When the referee, Angus Gardner, went in the opposite direction to the controversial match of Owen Farrell and at the time of death, if Handre Pollard overturned his last attempt, England would have been in a state of siege – Jones was approaching the block.
At some point the difference between the end, Jones relished the unstable positive vibrations that his team now covers, after two wins from the last seven tests, praising the virtues of the narrowest of the wins achieved exclusively with penalties.
While English players offered more thoughtful thoughts about All Blacks, Jones resembled a miniature cat on hot tiles, such was the enthusiasm he was trying to plan.
"I did not need it to convince me that we could beat All Blacks, which I thought we would beat all Blacks in 2016, so nothing has changed, buddy," Jones said, reflecting the beginning of his turbulent term.
"I told the guys after the game that I can not wait, they are a benchmark in world rugby, they are the ones that you want to play against. Where are you in the world that you know only when you played against All Blacks Any team that wins 91 percent of their games, is a great team, what are other teams doing in the world of sports? "
Jones knows this challenge firsthand. Once as a 70-pound whore, he mentions the opponent of the Great Black Sean Fitzpatrick from Sydney in Randwick in 1988 – "you can find anything on YouTube these days" – next to Walekbies' coach Michael Cheiki and their respected 25-9 defeat.
"We had the smallest advantage over every team on the tour, including Australia, because we believed we could beat them."
The following week Jones was at the receiving 50-0 meeting with New South Wales.
"No one from that side believed, you have to believe you can beat them, you have to understand where they are weak, where they are strong, and you have to be disciplined about your game plan."
Jones would have been happy to hear the news from the British Lions contingents, such as world class 5th-eighth Farrell and midfielder Ben Te & # 39; o, who can draw on the experience of their second victory in Wellington last year.
"We believe that everyone can be defeated," said Farrell. "I do not think any team can be beaten, I'm sure people will talk about different things this week, but we have to improve and it shows on the pitch.
"It's a very good team with some very good players and of course they have faith in what they do because they keep on playing for a long time and usually win.
"We have come a long way since 2017 and I am sure that they too have moved." We must look a bit more modern. The most important is that it excites us what is coming, but at the same time we are ready for everything. We must come in with clean heads and see what awaits us.
"We know it will be a great test."
Te & # 39; o, a former South Sydney Rabbitohs player and a player from Queensland who will start his fight with Sonny Bill Williams, is ready to accept this opportunity, which lasted three years.
"If you say I'm discouraged because of it? No, I'm not," said Te & # 39; o. "I've played it before and I can not wait to do it again and I'm sure they can not wait to play us.
"Mainly fans can not wait for this game for a long time, we were doing really well and it was built, you know, it's something like one v. It was a difficult period for us, but this is the test type we need to see where we are."
Jones at least appreciates the full force. All Blacks is a completely different beast than Box, who, apart from Damian de Allende, has largely adopted a limited, direct approach to the attack.
Jones predicted that people Steve & Hanza would want to run from anywhere, and put the ball in the air, but it could also be wise to see the strengths of All Blacks.
With problems with an injury in England, especially in a loose assailant and loose head support, as well as in their main struggle on scrum and defense of the ongoing maoka Boksa, All Blacks can decide on exhausted Jones' packages before they free themselves from wider threats.
All Blacks, having the vast majority of the 23-week first choice, have the advantage of starting to prepare in much better physical shape.
Jones can flay his claws, which he likes, but he will have to come up with something special if England has to deliver faith. That alone is not enough.