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Youngs not ready to go home just yet

01 October 2011

  • England scrum half Ben Youngs reacts to Scotland win 
  • We’re in a good place, we’ve won all four games – Youngs
England scrum half Ben Youngs in action against Scotland

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England scrum half Ben Youngs says that “no one wants to go home yet” after helping England to a 16-12 win against Scotland in Auckland, securing their spot at the top of Pool B.

The win sets up a quarter final against northern hemisphere rivals France, but despite Marc Lievremont’s side losing 19-14 to Tonga in their final Pool match, Youngs feels that they are still an incredibly dangerous animal.

“You never know what they’re going to do,” he said. “They have lost two games [against New Zealand and Tonga] but that won’t bother them, they’ll chuck everything at us, but so will we. Losing to Tonga makes them very dangerous, but it’s the quarter final of a World Cup – no one wants to go home just yet."

While England’s performances in their opening four games have been questioned in some quarters, Youngs emphasises the point Martin Johnson’s side are still unbeaten in the competition, and have conceded just one try.

England scrum half Ben Youngs in action against Scotland

Photo: Getty Images

He added: “We’re in a good place, we’ve won all four games and as Johno says, ‘it’s all about winning’. I don’t think we would have been able to come back from 12-3 down to win six months ago.

"We’re learning all the time, and for a lot of us, it’s our first World Cup. It’s no good chucking the ball around and playing beautiful rugby if you lose and have to get the next flight home."

On the Scotland game, Youngs said: “We didn’t see much of the ball in the first half which was pretty frustrating, Scotland came at us – as we knew they would, but the second half was a lot better. Manu [Tuilagi] was using his running game and we got the ball out to the backs a bit more.

“When we kept the ball we looked ok, but when we gave it away cheaply, that’s when we were a bit slack. Whenever we did get the ball in the first half we were deep in our own half and had to kick. In the back of our minds we knew that we could afford to lose by eight, and maybe that was a bad thing.

“The forwards in the second half were outstanding, they set up the platform for us backs to try and exploit a bit of space. It was important for us to get into the game in the second half, and our mauling game was much better. Fair play to the forwards, they had a bit of a telling off at half time but came out and put a real shift in.”