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Care calls for better discipline against Springboks

19 November 2012

  • Lack of discipline cost England, says Care
  • Team needs to be more clinical against South Africa

Scrum half Danny Care says that England are aiming to improve their discipline at the breakdown as they look ahead to the third QBE International against South Africa next weekend.

England lost 20-14 to Australia last Saturday after the Australian pack successfully managed to slow England down up front, in particular back row Michael Hooper who took man-of-the-match and was a constant threat at the breakdown throughout the match.

“It was a frustrating time at the breakdown,” said Care. “There were a few decisions that didn’t go our way which on another day might have and I think that really changed the game for us.

"They put a lot of pressure on us and we started giving away penalties. In their 22 we still seemed to be the ones giving away the penalties and we are going to have to have a good look at our discipline this week and make sure it’s right next week.”

Care's quick tap helped set up Tuilagi for the try

Photo Credit: Getty Images

In their victories over Ireland and Scotland in the last fortnight South Africa’s pack have proved formidable, with the likes of Francis Louw and Willem Alberts in the back row causing their opposition problems at the breakdown.

Against the Springboks Care says the team’s finishing must be more clinical if they are to beat the second placed side in the world rankings.

“Against Australia it was very frustrating to lose the way we did,” he said. “We thought we had them at 50-60 minutes. If we could have scored then it would have been a different atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards.

"The frustrating thing is that we didn’t take our chances when we got them. We created a few and we didn’t take them. Against the best teams in the world it showed that you have got to take them."