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Saturday 20 September 2014

Moody determined to push on

Lewis Moody

England captain Lewis Moody will prepare for Saturday's final autumn challenge against South Africa by going to see the new film Unstoppable.

Moody and Steve Thompson prepare for every Test with a trip to the cinema. This week's choice, starring Denzel Washington, is a thriller about a runaway train. England may not yet be unstoppable, but Moody believes that with 10 months until the Rugby World Cup they are starting to build up a nice head of steam.

"It does help as you prepare for those big competitions. The more wins against tougher opposition the better. You take a great deal of confidence from them," said Moody.

"This is still a young and evolving team so there are no comparisons with the 2003 side but we are in a good place. The most important thing is to keep building the momentum game by game.

"As a squad we are happy with how things are going and as captain I am enjoying my part in it. We have to make sure we take that into the game, build on that into the Six Nations and keep constantly improving towards the World Cup."

Martin Johnson's side went into the summer tour ranked seventh in the world but, after successive victories over Australia, they could go second with a win against the Springboks.

England have not occupied such heights since the early days of their reign as world champions in 2004. England have not beaten South Africa in their last six meetings, including the 2007 World Cup final. Two years ago, the Springboks won 42-6 at Twickenham to inflict a record home defeat on England.

Moody urged his men to show discipline - otherwise they will be punished by Morne Steyn, one of the best goalkickers in the game.

"The South Africans are huge individuals and having lost against Scotland at the weekend they will be even more fired up than ever before," said Moody.

"They play some extremely physical rugby and it will be a very tough challenge. It is crucial in those situations that we keep our cool. We have a young, enthusiastic squad - like I was as a young man - but the guys are all well aware of that. I had my issues in the past where I let my temperament get the better of me and you have to be able to control it on the pitch because it is no use if you let it get away from you."

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