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Thu Apr 17 17:29:39 SAST 2014

England want to finish tour on a high

Sapa | 20 June, 2012 16:041 Comments
South Africa Barbarians North v England
Barbarians North and England at Olen Park on June 19, 2012 in Potchefstroom
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England’s midweek captain George Robson hoped that his side’s 57-31 viictory over the Northern Barbarians on Tuesday in Potchefstroom would be the test they needed heading to the final clash against the Springboks on the weekend.

England are 2-0 down in the series as they face a whitewash should they lose the third Test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

“We said before hand that we wanted a victory and help build momentum to end the last week of the tour on a high,” said Robson.

“We can take a lot from it. And I think a lot of the younger guys have come through it.”  The English side lead the Barbarians 31-10 at the break as they scored seven tries in a game they were made to work hard for the win.

“It was a bit hairy out there and it could have gone either way, specially when we had a man in the sin bin,” Robson said.

“I think the younger guys will have learned a lot from that, sticking to our approach, backing things up and turning things around again.”.

England coach Stuart Lancaster was pleased with the performed, but admitted that there were still areas of concern.

The ’Baabaas’ scored five tries, all of which resulted after a lapse in concentration on their defence.

“There are lots of positives we can take from our performance,” said Lancaster.

“Although there are one or two areas where we let it slip, particularly in the third quarter defensively.

“It was important to put in a positive performance and that we did.

“We wanted to improve on the quality of the performance we put in last week.”  There was an injury scare in the Roses camp with winger Ugo Monye being carried from the field after he ran head first into Barbarians scrumhalf Shaun Venter.

“Ugo got knocked down in the tackle and was taken to hospital, but has come round and is fine,” Lancaster said.

“I have only just had medical updates, but I think he will travel back with us.

“He will go through the usual concussion protocols, but he will struggle to be fit for Saturday’s third and final test.” 

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Jun 20, 2012
“There are lots of positives we can take from our performance,” said Lancaster.

If ever a cliche was used, ad nauseum, this is it!! Does Mr Lancasted say anything else...??

Anyway, one can never write any International side off, and England certainly have every chance of turning the tables on The Springboks, come Saturday. It should be a good match and here's hoping that South Africa do, in fact, whitewash England!!