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Saturday 20 December 2014

Hurt England eye Springboks scalp

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