الأحد , مايو 16 2021

England could do better

England head coach Stuart Lancaster insisted “we’ve still got lots to work on” despite his side beating Australia 26-17 at Twickenham.

England dominated at set-pieces and

secured victory

thanks to two tries from Ben Morgan and 16 points from the boot of the 21-year-old George Ford.

“We played intelligently, the boys executed the game-plan. The scrum and maul were excellent,” said Lancaster.

“But that was the game today – you have to play rugby in different ways.”


England 26-17 Australia: Stuart Lancaster on playing to strengths

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England played to strengths – Lancaster

England lost their first two autumn internationals to

New Zealand

and

South Africa

– the top two sides in the world rankings – but ended with wins over

Samoa

and Australia.

Asked to rate his squad’s recent performances, Lancaster responded: “Could do better, but it was never as bad as people were making out.

“Against New Zealand and South Africa, our game management let us down. Today our game management was much better.”

England’s forwards coach Graham Rowntree told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra that victory over Australia was “desperately needed”.

“It was vital, because at times our performance levels haven’t been as high as they should have been this autumn.

“The best thing to restore belief is winning. We had very frank discussions after New Zealand and South Africa, but you always need to look forward.

“We’ve got a great young set of lads and today it was all about getting a win against a big nation.”

England face Wales on 6 February in the Six Nations curtain-raiser, opponents who also feature in their World Cup group.

Australia are in the same pool and their captain, Mike Hooper, admitted Saturday’s defeat was hard to stomach.

“We couldn’t get any ascendancy,” he said. “There’s a long time before we come back together as a group, so this is a disappointing way to finish.

“We just couldn’t finish for the majority of the game and that lead to our downfall.”

England players celebrate

After defeats early in the month by New Zealand and South Africa, this was a precious southern-hemisphere scalp for England.

England flanker Tom Wood (r) and Australia's lock Rob Simmons (l) clash

England next face Australia at the 2015 World Cup, again at Twickenham, on 3 October 2015.

England team

“We’ve got a great young set of lads,” said England forwards coach Graham Rowntree. “I have worked them hard and I’m proud of how they’ve adapted.”

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