- Robshaw satisfied with team performance in Scotland win
- England aiming to deny Ireland Triple Crown at Twickenham on Feb 22
Chris Robshaw believes England must improve if they are to deny Ireland a 2014 RBS 6 Nations Triple Crown and keep themselves on track for a first clean-sweep of the Home Nations since 2003.
Stuart Lancaster’s side secured their first win of the season with a 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield, the first time the hosts have been scoreless in the fixture since 1978.
England were in complete control in Edinburgh – Scotland did not touch the ball once in England’s 22 – but Robshaw knows they must raise their game when Ireland come to Twickenham on Saturday, February 22.
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“There is a lot of positivity [in the dressing room] but there is also a bit of frustration as we left a lot of opportunities out there,” he said, after lifting the Calcutta Cup for the third time as captain.
“We were camped in their 22 for large periods and in particular in that second half. And to not come away with more points on the board is disappointing.
“But you look at our defence, credit to all the guys and all the work that goes on behind the scenes. To come away from home and nil a side is fantastic for us.”
The victory at Murray field was secured by tries in either half by Luther Burrell and Mike Brown but satisfyingly for the England coaches, it was a genuine team performance. From the expert lineout of Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, to the maturity and control of half-backs Danny Care and Owen Farrell, or the zest and penetration out wide from Jonny May and Jack Nowell, there notable contributions all over the pitch.
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Robshaw, who yet again topped the tackle stats with 14 and plundered three turnovers, was pleased that “everyone put their hand up” and reserved a special mention for Harlequins teammate Brown who, after 21 Tests without a try, now has two in two games.
The 27 year-old said: “I thought we were very good in a lot of areas, whether it was mauls, scrums or the sharpness of the backs. But we’ve still got a bit of work to do to continue to improve.
“Mike is doing well, he’s showing that he is a potent finisher and if we can give him the ball in a bit of space he can hurt teams. He’s really put his hand up and is continuing to improve.
“We’re pleased to come up here and get a win, and now we go back to back at Twickenham. It will be great to play in front of our own fans and hopefully we’ll give them something to cheer about.”
Joe Schmidt’s unbeaten Ireland side has only conceded nine points in home victories over Scotland and Wales, but Robshaw was in bullish mood about England’s prospects.
With the game must-win for England’s hope of claiming the title, Robshaw added: “It’s going to be massive as they’re still unbeaten. We’re going to want to out a marker down in front of our home crowd.
“We massively feel that that the tournament is still up for grabs. We’ve got to look after ourselves now and make sure we continue to play well and continue to win games. And then it’s out of our hands, but we’ll do our bit and hope for a little bit of luck.”