South Africa v England: Owen Farrell says England gamers nonetheless consider after defeat
|South Africa v England – second Take a look at|
|Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein Date: Saturday, 16 June Kick-off: 16:05 BST|
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England’s gamers nonetheless “massively consider” in themselves earlier than Saturday’s must-win second Take a look at towards South Africa in Bloemfontein, says captain Owen Farrell.
Saturday’s defeat by the Springboks was England’s fourth Take a look at loss in a row.
In response, England’s senior gamers have taken management this week to attempt to arrest the alarming run of type.
“Plenty of sincere conversations have gone on in a very productive means,” Farrell stated.
“All people is pulling in the identical route.”
Head coach Eddie Jones admits “there’s all the time doubt and all the time strain”, however denies this match, the second in a three-match sequence, is the largest in his two-and-a-half years in cost.
“They’re all massive video games – each Take a look at match is a giant recreation,” Jones informed BBC Sport.
However whereas the spirit within the camp seems unified – with Farrell including “we have confirmed that with the best way we have reacted this week,” – one other defeat would elevate doubts concerning the route the aspect is travelling underneath Jones.
“We get huge media scrutiny, and we have now to all the time deal with that,” mirrored Jones. “Stress is a part of high-performance sport.”
Self-discipline and defence have been the main target within the England camp this week after conceding 12 penalties within the first Take a look at and delivery 5 tries.
“We had chat concerning the self-discipline aspect of issues. I simply suppose we received caught in a little bit of a rut on the weekend,” Farrell stated.
“The important thing for us is to be as calm as we probably might be this weekend.”
“The gamers have actually taken the bit between their tooth [this week],” Jones added. “I am actually happy with the best way they’ve taken duty.”
If England are to win within the Free State, they should overcome a buoyant South African rugby nation, with the Springbok supporters rallying behind their new-look workforce.
The victory at Ellis Park was emotionally-charged, with Siya Kolisi captaining the aspect for the primary time as a racially various outfit pulled off a well-known win.
Sale scrum-half Faf de Klerk felt South Africa have been in a position to prey on the guests’ vulnerabilities at altitude in Johannesburg, staunchly rejected by the England camp.
However England can ill-afford to let De Klerk and the Boks have the same maintain on possession, territory and tempo, with Saturday’s conflict being performed as soon as once more at altitude on the Highveld.
“They are going to little question need to bounce again to stage the sequence, so it is going to be one other large check of our resolve and character,” stated Bok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.
Shields and Cipriani in
After making his debut as a substitute final weekend, flanker Brad Shields now makes his first begin, with stalwart Chris Robshaw axed from the 23.
The distinction between the collection of Shields, who has been fast-tracked into the squad, and the dropping of Robshaw, a loyal servant of English rugby, is putting.
However Robshaw was the primary to congratulate Shields, whereas New Zealand-born Shields known as the previous England skipper a “legend” of English rugby.
“It simply feels proper being right here and feels proper enjoying for this workforce,” Shields informed BBC Sport.
Maybe of most curiosity to England supporters is the inclusion of Danny Cipriani on the bench, with Jones effusive in his reward of the fly-half’s angle on tour.
“He is been actually good worth on the tour and deserves this chance,” stated Jones.
“His angle has been first-class. If we’d like one thing a bit bit further on the finish of the sport he can provide us that.”
The opposite two adjustments to the matchday squad see Joe Launchbury substitute Nick Isiekwe within the second row, whereas Newcastle’s Mark Wilson presents lock and back-row cowl from the bench.
Erasmus has additionally tinkered along with his aspect, making a few adjustments up entrance, with prop Frans Malherbe and flank Pieter-Steph du Toit coming into the beginning XV.
In the meantime, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira cements his place within the pantheon of Springbok greats as he wins a century of caps.
“His contribution to Springbok rugby over the last decade has been huge,” stated Erasmus.
“It is a particular achievement and whereas he deserves the accolades, I do know he will likely be completely targeted on a very powerful job, and that’s to face a particularly decided England aspect.”
What the locals say
Bloemfontein’s Citizen newspaper heralds Erasmus’ choices within the second row….
…. However shine a light-weight on the dearth of fly-half back-up…
….Whereas the collection of Shields is grabbing the headlines in each the English and South African press…