Rugby

Mike Brown hails England's resilience

2018-06-26 12:56
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Cape Town - England utility back Mike Brown has praised the resilience shown within the squad as they ended their tour of South Africa with a victory.

Having lost the opening two Tests against the Springboks, England responded with a controlled performance in Cape Town with a 25-10 victory and a first win in the Rainbow Nation for 18 years.

“Winning is important but I think this just shows the resilience in the squad," the 32-year-old told England Rugby.

“The energy within the camp has been great throughout and we ignored what was going on around us and stuck to task.

“From the guys that have not played much rugby to the guys that have played a lot, the preparation has been spot on."

In tricky wet conditions at Newlands, England captain Owen Farrell kicked six penalties and Jonny May added a late try for the win.

And Harlequin Brown says the focus in the lead up to the game had been on improving in two key areas.

“We sorted a couple of things out with our basics and our discipline and that was so important with the weather," he said.

“I was always confident that if we sorted those two things out – our basics at crucial times and our discipline – we’d come out on the right side."

Although usually a full-back under head coach Eddie Jones, Brown was selected on the wing for the three Tests and responded with two tries on the tour.

When asked about his stint out wide, Brown replied: “I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a new role but I’ve enjoyed trying to get involved in turnovers and tackling, but also focusing on the counter attack and the high balls.

“I think it is about trying new things and seeing how we can progress our game and there is so much more I can give in that position in terms of attack.”

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