Rugby World Cup: England need pack leader to beat Australia – Matt Dawson columnCat:未分類
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I believe England coach Eddie Jones choice will be the one that is most suitable.
In fact, provided that Henry Slade was fit to replace him I think it was unavoidable.
Im since hes played well in Japan, for George Ford, who has started every match of the World Cup at 10 – but possibly his form from the big matches has counted against him.
In the handful of pressure games at international level in his career hes slightly wobbled.
It might be a bit harsh on him because he is further down on the line and more confident today. But certainly before when he has played in knock-out matches with big decisions, I would not have necessarily said hed be my first choice.
Farrell, together with Manu Tuilagi and Slade outside him was a Fantastic combination during the Six Nations.
Its a combination that the opposition fought to find any change out of and that was very threatening in attack.
It shuts down a great deal of options for the resistance in terms of where they could strike because Farrell is indeed solid there – they have got to think of something.
But there will be a question mark within Slade, who has not played over 40 minutes of rugby since May because of a knee injury. Will he be eloquent enough?
Surely on a bit of a run he had been through the Six Nations. He looked dangerous going forward. He ran great supporting lines, showed toes and great skill – running as well as kicking.
That he read – therefore I like that mix.
Australia are likely to come out that England have not seen and wont expect.
Its a major shout putting. However, it is his famous position – than the wing, by which he has won his caps – therefore it isnt like him is throwing in at the deep end.
Englands focus will be on Petaia, which means its possible to guarantee that Australia are considering going somewhere else and enjoying in a different way so that England will have to update their own defence.
Theyre a bunch and England have to be somewhat open-minded regarding what Australia will bring.
The one surprise for me personally in the selection for Saturday of Australia is May Genia since I dont think he has been on form, playing nine. I believe Nic White has been more solid as a beginner and Genia has arrived on when the game is open.
There is the guy we will squeeze, if I had been in that England side Id be thinking. They will need to try and place pressure onto the ruck so that Genia gets ball that is static also also becomes a bit indecisive. I believe England will embrace that choice.
Moreover, Genia and fly-half Christian Lealiifano have started together once before. Compared Farrell and Ben Youngs, theres a difference there.
From the rear, Australia will want to be certain the experience of David Pocock and ruler Michael Hooper gives them an advantage over England flankers Sam Underhill along with Tom Curry.
But it might just ignite Underhill and Curry are the stars of the World Cup. Should they get it directly against Pocock and Hooper, who are up there as the best on earth as a partnership, the England boys will put their name in lights.
Pocock and Hooper will be well aware that their reputation is up for grabs along with this game is going to get all their attention and then a few.
In each one these quarter-finals youre going to find every last ounce of effort and expertise – everything is going to be thrown out there. Nothing is going to be left to happen.
Nothing else matters, Whenever you have built up for a few decades for it. There arent any warm-up games, theres absolutely not any qualification from the pool. That is it. This is the reason they sacrificed themselves, why they have been playing for as long as they own and they dreamt of out of when they were at college.
Youve Pocock and Hooper that have been around the block, played with some big games, but never won a World Cup. Itll be their chance.
Then youve the young pretenders coming who were probably motivated by Pocock and Hooper and want to take their own mantle.
The issue hanging over Englands performances has always been, how can they win the match if theyre supporting with 20 minutes to go?
Naturally, Id prefer England to not maintain this position. But it might come down to the direction within the group. Who is the pack leader, although Youve got Farrell as captain? It is not easy to state. If you ask eight individuals theyd likely name eight different players.
If it comes to pressure moments, one voice at the forward must make things happen.
There are loads of players with 50 or more caps. They ought to be, by now, good enough at making those decisions.
Its whether they do it at a quarter-final of the World Cup if theres no tomorrowno debrief. It is triumph and move on or move home.
Matt Dawson was talking to BBC Sports Becky Grey.
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