Hartley wants England to ‘finish job properly’

Date published: June 19 2016

England captain Dylan Hartley said he is proud of his team mates after they sealed a first-ever series victory in Australia and has urged them to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

Hartley scored England’s first try in their 23-7 victory over Australia in Melbourne, following up the previous weekend’s victory in Brisbane.

They next face the Wallabies in Sydney in the series finale on Saturday.

“It’s a great achievement by the team and I’m really proud of the guys,” Hartley told the RFU’s website.

“The real challenge now is to go one more next week and finish the job properly.”

England made over 200 tackles in the game and Hartley hailed the improvement in defence having conceded four tries in the opening Test of the southern hemisphere series.

“The main fix from last week was defence, we let in four tries and that hurt our pride,” he added.

“The Australian players are fantastic with ball in hand so the main challenge was to defensively set the ruck a bit better, get our spacing right and obviously get off the line and make some dominant hits and I think we delivered.”

Hartley also believes their attitude next weekend will define them as a team as they go looking for an eighth win in eight games under head coach Eddie Jones

“We’ve got to pat ourselves on the back. It’s an incredible achievement,” he said.

“The real challenge now is how driven we are as a group and for me that means finishing the series with another win and I know everyone wants that.”