Boks in UK

England to draw from PE Test

2012-11-20 20:48
Andy Farrell (AFP)

London - England assistant coach Andy Farrell has urged the team to summon the spirit of Port Elizabeth when they face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

This year's England's tour of South Africa saw them lose the first two Tests before they concluded the series with a creditable 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth in June.

England will need to show similar resilience against the Springboks this weekend when they search for their first win against one of the 'big three' - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - under coach Stuart Lancaster.

Their record so far stands at one win from four Tests following last week's disappointing 20-14 loss to an injury-hit Australia at Twickenham.

South Africa, by contrast, will head into the match on the back of a 21-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, which followed their 16-12 defeat of Ireland in Dublin.

"We've got to remind the team of Port Elizabeth," Farrell, a former dual-code international said on Tuesday.

"In that game we took our defensive game to them and that is how it has got to be this weekend.

"There was a fighting spirit in that game. It shone out massively, you could see our intent to not let South Africa do what they do best, which is batter the gainline door down.

"We did it well that day."

If England were frustrated by a draw, the Springboks were furious at failing to complete a clean sweep.

"The South Africans were pretty annoyed to draw that game," Farrell said.

"They realised we were good that day, we got among them and got stuck in and I'm sure they will pick a team to combat that.

"South Africa have a way of playing, they don't change much and they have some big boys.

"But they will have a few intricacies. You have to expect the unexpected. With any top tier team you have to go and put pressure on the opposition."

Farrell added: "We did that at times against Australia but I thought Kurtley Beale and Berrick Barnes ran the show.

"They were inventive in what they did and you would expect to be broken down once or twice but it was maybe once or twice too many times at the weekend.

"But our endeavour to defend our own line, especially in the first half, was outstanding so we need more of the same there."

England were due to confirm their 23-man match-day squad to face the Springboks later on Tuesday, with Lancaster announcing his starting XV on Thursday.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

The basics of BASE jumping
Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Fixtures
08 November 2014
Ireland v South Africa, Dublin 19:30
15 November 2014
England v South Africa, London 16:30
22 November 2014
Italy v South Africa, Padova 16:00
Vote

The 5 players nominated for the IRB Player of the Year have been announced. Who gets your vote?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.