England not panicking – Robshaw

Date published: November 19 2014

Despite suffering back-to-back defeats to the All Blacks and Springboks, England are certainly not panicking.

Despite suffering back-to-back defeats to the All Blacks and Springboks, England are certainly not panicking.

That was the word from England skipper Chris Robshaw who said he and his team-mates are still confident despite those losses to the world’s top ranked teams.

“We haven’t quite got the results we wanted in the first two games playing against the two best teams in the world but we believe what we’re about,” he told Sky Sports.

“The positivity in the camp is fantastic at the moment and we’ve had our debrief on the relevant games.”

Their two recent losses mean England have now lost five successive Tests – after their 3-0 series whitewash againsy New Zealand in June – but Robshaw believes his side will return to their winning ways against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

“There is no doubt at all in the minds of any of the players,” he added.

“We still believe in what we’re doing and what we’re about and we looked back at the South Africa game and know we’re still creating chances. And that’s a big thing.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t quite taken them and that’s the next stage, to be able to finish them. But we still believe in the way we’re playing.”

In their clash against the Boks, England were chasing the game after trailing 10-0 early on but, despite a comeback which levelled the score at 20-20, they still suffered a 31-28 defeat.

“Maybe we were over trying, nobody wants to knock-on, maybe it was pressure, and credit to their defence by putting pressure on us, slowing the ball down,” added Robshaw.

“We looked back at the first half and realise we made mistakes and South Africa exploited it and suddenly we were playing catch up.

“But we didn’t panic, we stayed on page, fought back and on another day it may have gone our way.

“But you move on. You don’t sit and moan about it.

“You learn from it, do extra skills during the week and hopefully by the weekend it will be fine.”

Robshaw feels England’s balance should not be disrupted should coach Stuart Lancaster make changes for the clash with Samoa.

“If there are injuries, the squad can mix and match, and fit in straight away, and that’s the beauty of having all the players in camp for the past two or three weeks,” he said.