Moans: Gregan won first battle

Former Wobblies coach Eddie Jones believes George Gregan taught Matt Henjak a rugby lesson when the two clashed in the Vodacom Super 14 last Friday.

Jones was criticised for keeping faith with Gregan during last year’s nightmare Test season, but still backs the veteran scrumhalf to do the job for new coach John Connolly. Henjak struggled for the Force in Perth, as the Super 14 rookies lost 25-10 to Gregan’s Brumbies.

“I think Matt probably let the occasion get to him a little bit,” Jones told Australian radio on Monday. “If you read his comments during the week, he was thinking a little bit too much about the game before the game, rather than just worry about playing the game. I’m sure as you’ll see over the next three or four weeks, a much more focused performer.

“George is a good player and I think he showed that on Friday night. He steered them around the paddock and he got them home.”

Jones, who will coach the Reds from 2006, also put in a good word for Sam Cordingley who had an impressive game against the Waratahs.

“He has always been a good player,” Jones said. “If you remember back in 2000 Sam had an outstanding season with Queensland and was really pressuring George for the Wallabies spot.”