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Lancaster wants disciplined England

Stuart Lancaster dissected England's victory over Argentina with referee Chris Pollock at Buenos Aires airport as he looks to cut out the penalties ahead of Saturday's second Test.

England thumped the Pumas 32-3 but spent most of the second half in defence as they conceded a total of 15 penalties and Courtney Lawes was sin-binned. Pollock went through a DVD of the match on the flight from Salta, making notes about each penalty decision, and he then talked it through with Lancaster.

"One of the main areas for us is discipline in and around the breakdown and to make sure we don't concede 15 penalties next week, because on another day a kicker would have kicked those and the context of the game would have been different," said Lancaster.

"I had a good chat with him (Pollock) and he has given us his thoughts.

"The point I am making to the players is that part of being an international player is adapting to a referee's interpretation and learning quickly in the game the way he views a particular area.

"Clearly we were getting penalised at the breakdown so we needed to not be as aggressive in trying to turn it over but try and fire through the breakdown which is a safer way but has the same effect."

Lancaster has also reinforced the numerous positive elements of England's performance, particularly in the first half when they played some blistering attacking rugby.

England scored four tries with the likes of Ben Morgan, Billy Twelvetrees and Christian Wade making full use of a strong forward platform, secured by a dominant scrum and lineout effort.

"There were lots of positives," Lancaster added.

"Our intent to attack and the speed we played at was really challenging for the Pumas."


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