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Can't underestimate Ireland win – Tindall

30 August 2011

  • Mike Tindall delighted with Ireland victory in Dublin
  • We can take a massive amount from this – Tindall
Mike Tindall in action against Ireland

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The plaudits came thick and fast for stand-in skipper Mike Tindall after England’s 20-9 win against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, and deservedly so. 

The Gloucester man, nick-named ‘Lord’ by his teammates, was instrumental in England’s win, providing assists for both of England’s tries. First for midfield partner Manu Tuilagi in the first half, and then for replacement wing Delon Armitage in the second period with a deft kick through to the London Irish back.

The match in the Irish capital also marked Tindall’s 72nd international cap, drawing him level tenth with Will Carling in England’s all time appearance list, and the 32-year-old shows no sign of letting up, saying that the momentum is building within the squad.

“We can take a massive amount from this win,” he said. “You can’t underestimate the value of it, going out to New Zealand. I felt we were pretty comfortable out there for most of the game and that we performed well as a team.

England centre Mike Tindall returns to captain the side in the second Rugby World Cup warm-up against Wales

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“That said, there were some really strong individual performances out there as well. Having lost to Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations, I think everyone will be buzzing as we head out to the world cup. Hopefully we’ll continue to grow as a squad and hit the ground running for the Argentina week.”

England’s world cup warm up matches brought about two wins and one defeat, and Tindall feels that the win against Ireland allowed the squad to relieve some frustration after the 19-9 loss to Wales two weeks prior.

He added: “The momentum really built in the squad throughout the whole week heading into this game. After things hadn’t gone well in Wales, there was a little bit of frustration and a few nerves in people, but we certainly managed to turn all of that around.

“Sometimes our shape wasn’t right out there, but you have to rely on individuals and the correct mental approach to get you over the line. I think our movement can still be better, around the forwards and in terms of decoys, but all in all I thought it was a pretty good performance.”