Rugby World Cup 2015 host country, England, will fail to qualify for the quarter finals if they lose to Australia in Saturday’s match at Twickenham, following their 28-25 defeat to Wales last weekend.
The BBC quotes Andy Farell, assistant coach of England, saying “This game against Australia is as big as it gets and we’re desperate to give a performance and be worthy winners.”
The England team, led by Stuart Lancaster, is under severe criticism with the assistant coach coming to the rescue. He denies any idea of lack of on-field leadership and rugby intelligence.
While talking about their previous match he says, “For 55 minutes we were on top and played good rugby.” He further mentions, “We’re all devastated with the result and we need to understand the reasons why and learn the lessons. But we’ve moved on to Australia quickly. It’s full steam ahead and this should be the best week of the players’ lives.”
Well there seems to be a hint of optimism for the English side against the “Wallabies”, suggests the Telegraph. The team has the ability to bounce back winning their previous encounters in 2003 and 2007 against Australia. Though England lost to the Wales, they managed to grab a bonus point which Australia failed to clinc in their match against Fiji.
Obviously, England cannot repeat their mistakes twice. After consulting his teammates, Captain Chris Robshaw chose to kick for a five-metre line-out as England pushed for a match-winning try in stead of settling for a draw.
Following a radio interview with BBC on questioning their on-field intelligence, Farell comments, “No, we’re not. We meet the leaders twice a week, we’re growing in that area, developing all the time and happy with where we’re at. Whatever decision is made, you can make it a good one or a poor one with your execution and we weren’t quite good enough.”