England’s five-Test losing run came to an end as Owen Farrell marked his first win as captain by kicking six penalties in a 25-10 victory over South Africa at Newlands.
The series had already been surrendered following defeats in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, but in Cape Town they salvaged some pride with a gutsy display that grew in purpose in the second half.
Assessing the win, Jones says he was happy with the way England stuck to their plan and that they are back on track for the World Cup.
“It is a great reward for the players – I have been consistent in saying that our efforts have been outstanding but we have lacked a bit of emotional control and played some big moments poorly,” Jones told Sky Sports.
“Today we were able to control those big moments really well and won the game conclusively.
“The emotional control and the way we stuck to a tactical plan please me – in other games we got seduced by the scoreboard a little bit but today we stuck at it and it is a great result for us.”
Jones added: “It’s never a dead rubber – England had never won at Newlands before so these guys will remember that. We want to be the world’s best team and we’re back on the road again.
“I thought Jonny May was outstanding – I think he has been the class winger all series. I thought Tom Curry did well too – he has probably played more Tests now than he has Premiership games.”