England stars not getting carried away.
James Haskell, one of the heroic England squad that came from behind to beat Wales on their own turf in the RBS 6 Nations opening fixture, has revealed that the players won’t be smiling over the victory for long – as any world-class side would do.
England showed the utmost quality to overcome Wales on Friday night, yet the 29-year-old international flanker insists every error made at Twickenham will be dissected.
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“Come the Monday review we will be hard on ourselves. The mark of a good side is being tough on yourselves in victory — go away, learn, prepare for a big week and it all starts again next Saturday,” Haskell was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“The coaches will do a big presentation then the boys will do one-on-one feedback.
“I’ll have to go through my game rigorously and I’m sure there are lots of things I can improve on. To get a win like we did is very special, so I think we’ll allow ourselves a few hours to smile, then the job will start again.”
The debrief is all part of coach Stuart Lancaster’s desire to cement a ‘never-satisfied mentality‘, as the best teams in the world should have – but nonetheless, mistakes or no mistakes, the victory over Wales has fired England as favourites for the trophy.