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Chris Robshaw urges English to bounce back in style

By Duncan Bech

Chris Robshaw has demanded England react to a frustrating start to their QBE Series by registering a first victory over South Africa under head coach Stuart Lancaster.

New Zealand recorded a 24-21 victory at Twickenham to inflict a fourth successive defeat on the Red Rose, with a loss on Saturday equalling the nation's worst sequence of results since 2006.

Next year's home World Cup is looming and Robshaw knows England are under pressure to produce the type of result that will signal they are genuine contenders.

"The guys all know Twickenham is our place and with the World Cup coming up in a year's time we need to deliver," Robshaw said.

"We can't wait for anyone, especially being at home. Whether it's a tournament or a series, you want to start with a win.

"There's probably nothing worse than starting a series with a loss, so there's a huge amount of pressure on the guys to go out and deliver against South Africa.

"We're not going to wait for the physicality and intensity which I'm sure South Africa will bring. Being at home we want to impose ourselves and get back on track.

"No one in the squad has beaten them so doing that would be a massive statement of intent that all the guys want to do.

"With South Africa we know roughly what is going to come our way. I'm sure there will be some adaptations but it's about fronting up first and foremost."

Robshaw's captaincy was in its infancy the last time the rivals met in November 2012 and the 16-15 defeat remains one of the Harlequins openside's career low points after his decision-making drew stinging criticism.

He recalled: "That was definitely one of the toughest games for me - there have been a couple unfortunately. But that created a backs-to-the-wall mentality."

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