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VIDEO – Gustard urges England to make history

12 June 2013

  • Interim defence coach calls for better in Buenos Aires
  • “This weekend we have an opportunity to do something special” – Gustard


Paul Gustard expects an Argentinean backlash in Buenos Aires this weekend and is under no illusions that the hosts will put up an extremely tough fight to stop England securing a historic series clean-sweep.

Interim defence coach Gustard was complimentary about the tourists’ effort during the first-Test victory on Saturday, especially the manner in which they did not leak a try despite period of concerted Pumas pressure.

Picking out some industrious individuals for special praise, he outlined the encouraging facets of a resounding, resolute 32-3 victory.

“It was very good,” Gustard explained. “There were some big individual performances – Matt Kvesic made 29 tackles, Freddie Burns 16 and Joe Launchbury 17.

“Obviously to concede no tries after spending four minutes and 23 seconds inside our 22 over the course of the game is a tremendous achievement.

“Our overall tackle success rate was 93 per cent so we only missed 12 in the whole of the game. I’ve obviously only spent three weeks with the guys so for them to have bought into the strategy and the principles is really pleasing.

“The Argentineans have got a very strong side. With the influence of Graham Henry over the past 18 months or so, they play an exciting brand of rugby so to keep them to the three points is something I pretty pleased about.

“Now they will be looking at where they attacked us and where they think we are weak.”

After also singling out Bath Rugby pair David Wilson and Dave Attwood for excelling at scrum and lineout respectively, Gustard suggested that breakdown discipline and accuracy would need to be the major areas of impovement.

He then urged his charges to deliver an unprecedented away whitewash.

“We’ve got to recognise the opportunity in front of us. No England side has come here got a 2-0 series victory – in 1981 I think there was only one win and one draw – so there’s a chance this weekend for us to make history.

“It’s unbelievably exciting for [the players]. This is their England – it doesn’t matter about the people that aren’t here.

“It’s their chance to do something they have probably been dreaming about since they were nine or 10 years old – to make some history, to make some new friends and enjoy some new culture.

“The Argentineans have looked after us tremendously and we’ve had a great time but it always comes down to the rugby and this weekend we have an opportunity to do something special.”