Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Hurt England eye Springboks scalp

Assistant coach Graham Rowntree challenged England to bounce back from last week's defeat

Assistant coach Graham Rowntree delivered a passionate rallying cry ahead of England's showdown with South Africa at Twickenham, vowing "to put a few things right".

Rowntree felt England should have beaten Australia last week and they should have beaten the Springboks in the third Test of the summer tour, which ended in a 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth.

England have not beaten the Springboks in 10 Tests dating back to the autumn of 2006, and Rowntree said: "We are still hurting from last week. We lost and we are not happy about it."

He added: "It was a game we should have won. That last game in Port Elizabeth was a game we should have won. We had lost two games on that tour. We had shown some glimpses but we had given ourselves a mountain to climb by conceding tries.

"That last hour before the game in Port Elizabeth we decided that wasn't going to happen again - and we have to recreate that atmosphere tomorrow. I want to see the same as we saw in Port Elizabeth, that pure desire for it not to be a defeat again."

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