- England captain says unity and belief ousted the Wallabies
- “We blew some rustiness away and the character was there” – Robshaw
Chris Robshaw believes his side’s gutsy win over Australia at Twickenham on Saturday has incited precious momentum that England can take into the second QBE International against Argentina on Saturday.
The hosts trailed 13-6 at half-time before Robshaw and Owen Farrell marked the second period with their maiden Test tries to overturn the Wallabies.
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And speaking shortly after lifting the Cook Cup at HQ, the England captain heralded the manner in which Quade Cooper and co. were denied a single point after the break – testament to both immense industry and calm trust in the game-plan.
“We went into half-time seven points down and I think the belief in the squad showed,” he said. “We hung in there and always knew that if we played in the right areas, got on the front foot and built pressure it would eventually tell – that’s exactly what happened.
“The defence from everyone out there to not concede a point was great – there’s a huge amount of pride in our defensive line.
“We were a little bit upset that they managed to get over with their first visit into our 22. We allowed them an easy seven points and on the back of that we had to fight to get into the game.”
Hailing the “physicality and intensity” that England showed in the opening exchanges – which led to three long-range chances for Owen Farrell to build a lead from the tee as Australia infringed on the floor – Robshaw explained that there was no need for a Churchillian pep-talk after the first 40 minutes.
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Instead, with an experienced set of replacements including Dylan Hartley and Ben Youngs in tow, patience was the key message.
Turning to his try, which came after fellow flanker Tom Wood had charged down Will Genia, Robshaw modestly explained that his opportunism had capped off a concerted spell of team pressure.
“It all started from Marland’s great break,” he added. “Then Courtney got up well at the lineout and the guys at the front managed to put a lot of heat on Genia and charge him down. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time and got over from a metre away.”
“It’s great to get the try but it was team pressure that we were building and building. Eventually it told.”
Now England welcome the Pumas, and their skipper was hopeful that a five-game winning run at HQ could be added to.
“Momentum’s a massive thing in sport – you can lose it quickly and it usually takes time to gain. This was huge for us. We blew some rustiness away and the character was there.”