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VIDEO – Set-piece must give us platform to attack says Catt

08 November 2013

  • Mike Catt wants England to "box smarter" against Argentina
  • Attack coach hopes to see composure in attack on Saturday

England attacking skills coach Mike Catt is calling on England's backline to "show what they're capable of" against Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Stuart Lancaster may have changed his entire front row from the trio that started last weekend's 20-13 win against Australia, but the England head coach has made only one alteration to his backs division; Ben Foden for the injured Marland Yarde on the left wing.

England's Cook Cup triumph was largely based on sound defence and a dominant forwards performance, most notably a destructive display in the scrum. Catt knows that will again form the foundation of any such repeat success against the Pumas.

"We were very happy defensively and really put pressure on the opposition; I think we've got to do more of that," he said. "It's key that we get our set piece right; the scrum went very well but I think if we can really get our line-out functioning and really move these guys around, they're big, physical men.

"They want us to get in a big arm-wrestle with them so we need to box a little bit smarter than we have done in the past."

As well as gathering momentum from winning their opening QBE International of the autumn, England will also look to draw confidence from two Test victories against Argentina in the summer.

Unsurprisingly for the man tasked with bringing invention to the England backs, Catt hopes a powerful showing up front can be complemented by added flair out wide.

England centre Billy Twelvetrees on the run against Australia

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"We expect big things from [the forwards] and it's about making sure they get that set piece right because as a backline we haven't really shown what we can do," Catt explained.

"[We need] a lot of composure in attack, not to be frantic and not to panic in any way, shape or form. It's just about being clinical in what we've practised.

"I think a few of the guys were pretty frustrated last week not being able to get on the front foot and do what they're capable of."

Catt, though, knows that will be no given against Daniel Hourcade's side, not least considering they can boast 417 caps in their starting XV. Picking up a sixth successive victory win remains the priority for Stuart Lancaster's men.

"It's not about winning well," he said. "You'd love a perfect performance every time but Argentina are a tough team as they've proven in the Rugby Championship.

"They've been up there at the top table with South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. We don't take them lightly at all; we've got huge respect for them.

"This is a little bit like their World Cup final – coming to Twickenham against England is massive for them. We need to get in the winning habit but I'd definitely like to think the performance comes into it tomorrow, too."