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SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: England have the concern issue again after George Ford-inspired win over Argentina reveals why no different staff ought to wish to play in opposition to our nationwide aspect

One of many issues English rugby has prided itself on through the years is that no different staff on the planet has ever wished to play in opposition to our nationwide aspect.

There has all the time been a concern issue for different outfits when it got here to assembly England, no matter state we had been in. I embody the southern hemisphere giants in that. There isn’t any doubt England had misplaced that concern issue. However after a exceptional win over Argentina to begin their World Cup marketing campaign, it’s now again.

The great thing about sport is one recreation can change the whole lot. Issues can flip round in a single day and the George Ford-inspired victory in Marseille is a basic instance of precisely that. 

I’ve all the time been of the opinion that when England’s huge gamers all entrance up, the staff will do nicely no matter who’s teaching them. When you can marry that with a powerful head coach and backroom staff, then one thing particular can occur.

For the primary time in an extended, very long time — because the days of Eddie Jones and the final World Cup — England’s key males stood as much as be counted when it actually mattered. Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi have all been quiet for a lot too lengthy at worldwide degree. However all three had been excellent in opposition to Argentina. They deserve loads of reward.

George Ford was man of the match as England proved they are a team no one wants to play

George Ford was man of the match as England proved they’re a staff nobody desires to play 

Manu Tuilagi's tackle on Santiago Chocobares was a wow moment for the England man

Manu Tuilagi’s deal with on Santiago Chocobares was a wow second for the England man 

There were top performances from both Maro Itoje (left) and Courtney Lawes (right) in the impressive win

There have been high performances from each Maro Itoje (left) and Courtney Lawes (proper) within the spectacular win 

Ford was rightly participant of the match for his excellent kicking and three drop targets. However Itoje wasn’t far behind. There have been fewer histrionics to his recreation. Itoje received on along with his work and after England misplaced Tom Curry, he helped his staff to a backs-to-the-wall success.

Tuilagi’s deal with on Santiago Chocobares was a ‘wow’ second — the form of one-off incident which may encourage a aspect. When Tuilagi performs like that, he’s an actual drive of nature. It was nice to see him and Lawes firing on all cylinders. England’s scrum and line-out went nicely. They did the fundamentals very nicely.

I awoke yesterday morning and laughed to myself after I remembered what had occurred in Marseille. Not as a result of I didn’t anticipate England to win. I assumed they’d, albeit narrowly. I used to be smiling due to the character of how the sport performed out.

When Curry was despatched off — and I keep that was a really harsh resolution — I feel most England followers would have feared the worst. I’m certain I wasn’t the one one pondering, ‘Right here we go once more!’ However England appear to be good once they’re backed right into a nook. And it was nice to see Steve Borthwick smiling within the teaching field as Ford put the boot into the Pumas.

Like me, I’m undecided Borthwick might consider what he was watching! He and the staff seemed to be having fun with the problem. Once more, it’s been some time since we’ve been in a position to see that visibly. Different sides will take a look at England otherwise now.

Let’s not fake the Argentina efficiency was excellent. It wasn’t. England didn’t actually get moving into assault and failed to attain a attempt. However enjoying nearly the entire recreation a person mild should be taken into consideration when analysing their efficiency.

It solely takes one recreation to get your mojo again and I consider England’s has now returned. Michael Cheika should be fuming. Cheika has a lot rugby expertise and Argentina’s loss to England should be the No1 defeat in his profession. It was that unhealthy.

Argentina had been terrible with a person benefit. Not like England, no-one confirmed up. They panicked beneath stress which is why Ford did so brilliantly to maintain constructing the scoreboard. By going three, six, 9, Ford solely added to Argentina’s worries. They imploded.

It was great to see Steve Borthwick smiling in the coaching box watching his side's display

It was nice to see Steve Borthwick smiling within the teaching field watching his aspect’s show

England should now top Pool D as they get set to play Japan, Chile and Samoa in the group

England ought to now high Pool D as they get set to play Japan, Chile and Samoa within the group 

If you go right down to 14 males, the drop purpose is a good tactic. When you do it nicely, it’s undefendable. Ford had among the best days of his life and watching his efficiency took me again 20 years to when Jonny Wilkinson used to drop targets frequently. It was that good.

England can now sit up for the remainder of this World Cup with actual confidence. They’ve some momentum and smiles on their faces. My view is Curry shouldn’t face a ban and his crimson must be rescinded.

England actually ought to high Pool D now. Victory over Argentina has set them up properly with Japan, Chile and Samoa to come back.

If England do end high, then they may possible face certainly one of Wales, Australia or Fiji within the quarter-finals. I might love the staff to face a reunion with Jones and meet Australia. However that’s for the long run. England should use Argentina as a place to begin from which to construct and take it one recreation at a time from now.

I used to be happy to listen to Ford driving that narrative in his post-match interview. The doom and gloom of the August marketing campaign has disappeared in 80 minutes and I anticipate Borthwick and his staff to be a very completely different proposition transferring forwards after this.

I’m actually happy for Borthwick who has taken numerous flak. The criticism was deserved and so too is them receiving reward now. Onwards and upwards.



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