The Australian official could have awarded South Africa a penalty which, had it gone over, would have seen the visitors snatch victory in the opening match of their European tour. The confidence is still unwavering and with bulletproof self-belief.
The Springboks suffered a setback when lock Eben Etzebeth limped off early in the second half.
Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official worldwide window, into an early lead after Kyle Sinckler strayed offside and England were a man down with 15 minutes played when Itoje was shown a yellow card. You're going to do it at some stage. They are the benchmark for world rugby; the team you want to play against.
"I said to the boys after South Africa that I can't wait".
"If it was all legal‚ and I haven't had a good chance to look at the replay‚ then we should start tackling like that". Any team that wins 91 per cent of their games is a great team. With Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi hoping to be fit to face the All Blacks, Jones's post-match tone suggested the world's best team can be made to stop and think.
And‚ from the hollow moan that mooned around the vast stands after referee Angus Gardner asked for a replay of the incident‚ which unfolded in all its slow motion ugliness on the giant screen‚ the English knew Farrell had lost them the game.
And Jones was delighted by the way his team restricted the Springboks to a solitary try from wing Sbu Nkosi, even if they scored none of their own with fullback Elliot Daly adding a long-range penalty to Farrell's trio.
"Course we believe, anyone can be beaten", Farrell said. They will be pleased with their work at the breakdown against the Springboks, highlighting their turnovers and charge defence coach John Mitchell - who managed the All Blacks from 2001 to 2003 - to find any ways of halting New Zealand quick-ball. "I've played them before and I'm looking forward to doing it again and I'm sure they're looking forward to playing us".
But they now head into a clash against the All Blacks at Twickenham on November 10 buoyed by two successive wins.
"Based on England's form over the last six months anyone who comes to the conclusion that England will beat New Zealand on Saturday at Twickenham is doing so on the flimsiest of evidence - whereas there is an avalanche of reasons why they will not". "You've got to understand where they're weak, understand where they're strong and be disciplined in your gameplan. Nothing has changed, mate".