They made a slow start despite beating Italy 47-17 on Saturday…
England head coach Stuart Lancaster has warned his team that they will need to improve ahead of their match against Ireland, reports the Guardian.
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They overcame a slow start to beat Italy 47-17 on Saturday, and the 45-year-old believes that they can not afford to do that again. Ireland have also won both of their matches so far, and will be a much tougher opponent than the relative minnows of Italy. Especially as England have to travel to Dublin for the match.
“We’ve got two other big games but there is no doubt the game in Dublin has huge significance in relation to the championship,” said Lancaster. “We’ve won there before but we know just how good a side they are.”
He said of their slow start, “It is a mentality thing and we were just a little bit slow out of the blocks. There is definitely plenty to work on going into the Ireland game.”
One of the highlights of the match was a great performance from Jonathan Joseph, who was a major part of why they were able to kick on after stuttering at first. This display has made it possible that Manu Tuilagi may not come directly back in to the side once he is fully fit again.