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Robinson talks up England World Cup chances

Former England wing Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson thinks England’s late onslaught against Australia was another demonstration that they can win the 2019 World Cup.

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Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May and Danny Care scored late tries to give the Six Nations champions their biggest ever win over the Wallabies on Saturday.

The 30-6 victory was England’s fifth in a row against Michael Cheika’s men, who felt aggrieved over the officiating at a soggy Twickenham.

Eddie Jones’ side will be expected to make it three victories out of three this month against Samoa on Saturday and former England wing Robinson thinks they are shaping up nicely with the World Cup to come in two years’ time.

Speaking on behalf of Land Rover at the annual HITZ Awards, Robinson told Omnisport: “I think they are proving they are one of the best teams in the world. I think everybody wants to see them playing New Zealand, because as it stands New Zealand are the best team in the world.

“England are in a great place when you look at the strength in depth, when you look at the results over the last two years and I’d certainly be confident England could go into a World Cup tomorrow with a very good chance of winning it.

“I think Eddie is the right man to get England to the right place come the World Cup.”

Australia headed into the Cook Cup showdown with a spring in their step after a run of seven matches without defeat and 2003 World Cup-winner Robinson did not envisage England winning by such an emphatic margin.

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He added: “I didn’t see that score coming last weekend. I thought the conditions were very difficult, I don’t think they suited either team.

“Obviously England racked up some points towards the end of the game and I think it gives England a lot more confidence, knowing that when they come into the World Cup this is a team they can beat, they have beaten them numerous times.

“You only have to look back to the last World Cup and see what Australia were capable of doing. It’s amazing how things can change, England might be in the driving seat at the moment, but in international rugby that can change very quickly.”

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William 2 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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