This is the point though, that game plan wasn't for any other team. It was purely one to take on the Springboks on a damp pitch. Don't play in middle third, chase every kick relentlessly, fly out of the line in defence while keeping wingers deep, look for space behind all the time. All of it was designed to attempt to beat SA. Very nearly worked from a team thumped by Ireland and France, beaten by Fji, Wales and Scotland all in the last 8 months. A team given no chance if we're being honest.ale shark wrote: ↑Mon Oct 23, 2023 6:56 pm
I think that’s a bit generous, it was a game plan that might have worked one in ten attempts and the conditions were in our favour. We didn’t win.
In a low scoring game of limited chances it was obvious (to me anyway) that SA would take whatever limited chances they got and England were never likely to score a 5-7 pointer.
If England try and play that way in every 6N match then they’ll finish in the bottom half again.
On the try front I still blame Nick Mullins for jinxing Jamie George when we had the lineout on their 5m line. The man talks non stop, but all he is was doing in that build up was talking about our last wc try vs SA, how many we scored total, our forward power... The man is a curse. Our best chance gone.