- Full back content but urges England to be more ruthless
- “There’s no reason why we can’t make life uncomfortable for Ireland” – Brown
Mike Brown says England have a lot to improve on during the build-up to their RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland in a fortnight’s time, but also believes a 20-0 triumph over Scotland was showed plenty of encouraging signs.
Brown was named man-of-the-match after another lively display from full back at Murrayfield on Saturday, which included a second try in as many Tests.
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Despite the notorious surface cutting up drastically as expected, the 28 year-old Harlequin racked up 117 metres from just 11 carries – making three clean breaks along the way.
However, while expressing his satisfaction with an influential individual outing opposite highly-rated British and Irish Lions tourist Stuart Hogg, he also outlined the contribution of England’s muscular, accurate forwards.
“[The mood in the dressing room] is obviously one of confidence and pleasure that we managed to see out a game and play some great rugby at times.
“I still think we perhaps took our foot off the pedal towards the end of the first half and definitely in the last 15 minutes – that’s part of the journey we’re on.
“We’ll look at it closely but it’s great to see our attack evolving in the way it has been. All the hard work has been paying off so we need to just keep doing that.
“The pack were outstanding. To have someone like Billy Vunipola who you can run off and just know you are going to get an offload is great. I feel like a bit of a thief for getting man-of-the-match really.”
Given England managed just two tries from their eight line-breaks, a main focus for Stuart Lancaster over the next two weeks will be capitalising on opportunities.
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With Ireland buoyant from a fantastic 26-3 dismantling of Wales in Dublin, Brown acknowledged how tough it would be to record back-to-back results.
However, the prospect of heading back to HQ was clearly a huge thrill.
“Every game in an England shirt is massive – there are no easy ones, especially in the Six Nations. Ireland showed their class with the job they did on Wales.
“As a back three we’ll have our work cut out with the kickers they’ve got in Murray and Sexton – they are world-class Lions players. O’Driscoll has a deft touch when he puts the ball through too. We’ll have to work hard in the back field, for sure.
“If guys put in good shifts in their units like they did today though, there’s no reason why we can’t make life uncomfortable for Ireland.
“It’ll be great to get back on the fast turf at Twickenham in front of a home crowd at Twickenham – we saw in the autumn they’re like a 16th man and I can’t wait to get out there.”