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VIDEO – Tindall expecting "fierce" Pool B decider

30 September 2011

  • Tindall expecting fierce battle against against Scotland
  • If we put in a performance, we should win – Tindall

Mike Tindall expects a “fierce battle” against Scotland on Saturday evening and has warned his England teammates that the Auld Enemy will be inspired for the Pool B decider in Auckland.  

The experienced centre, who is set to win his 75th Test cap tomorrow, was also eager that Martin Johnson’s charges keep their composure during what is a crucial contest for both sides.

England centre Mike Tindall on the run against Romania at Rugby World Cup 2011

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“Scotland won’t be too happy with how they have played so far but, as history shows, they always tend to raise their game against us,” said the 32 year-old Gloucester Rugby man.

“There is going to be a fierce battle at the contact area so we know that we need to get it right there and be clean. It will be tough but, if we put in a performance, we should win the game.”

In an intriguing twist, England come up against their former Head Coach Andy Robinson, who has been in charge of Scotland since June 2009 and, continuing to give his thoughts on the Eden Park showdown, Tindall paid tribute to his old mentor.

“Robbo is a very passionate person and is very intense because he loves his rugby,” he said. “He is very thorough, too, and will have done a great deal of homework on us.

“He will try and come up with something that will surprise us so we have to be ready for that so we can get a win, top our group and qualify for the quater-finals.”