Lancaster calls for improvements

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has demanded an improvement from his players in the wake of their 18-11 win over Italy as they prepare for their Grand Slam showdown with Wales in Cardiff at the weekend. [more]

Lancaster calls for improvements

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has demanded an improvement from his players in the wake of their 18-11 win over Italy as they prepare for their Grand Slam showdown with Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

The boot of Toby Flood kicked England to victory as he nailed six penalties in a game that featured only one try, from Italian wing Luke McLean. England managed to make it four from four in their championship campaign, but were pressed hard by Sergio Parisse’s men.

The Italians were pressing hard for a second try right up to the end and no one could have complained if they had earned a draw or more from their performance. But having ‘won ugly’, Chris Robshaw’s men will get a shot at a potential first Grand Slam since 2003 at the Millennium Stadium.

“We know we have to improve our performance going into the Wales game. Nobody is punching the air in the changing room. We know we can do better,” admitted Lancaster.

“If we’d won easily, there may have been an element of complacency or over-confidence seeping in. There won’t be any of that. We know we have got to play better, we know Wales are playing well but equally we know what we need to do to fix things up and we are confident in the players we’ve got.

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“We’ve still got a young team and we need to be a little bit more composed in key areas. That composure will be tested at the highest level on Saturday.”
 

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