Easter inspired win delights Lancaster

Date published: October 11 2015

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster hailed his side's ten-try 60-3 win over Uruguay but admitted he's upset it was their final game at the World Cup.

Nick Easter and Jack Nowell both scored a hat-trick while Anthony Watson (2), Henry Slade and a penalty try brought the other points for the hosts.

But the crux of the matter is that this win was the end of England's 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign and Lancaster revealed it was tough to take.

"It's disappointing to be going out at this stage because we had high hopes of doing well. Overall our performances have been good but not over the full 80 minutes. We've had some good moments but weren't consistent enough in terms of the Wales and Australia games to win those," he said.

Lancaster was asked whether he would like to continue as England boss but he would not be drawn into a definitive answer after a busy week of preparation.

"I really haven't," he said in response to had he thought about his future in the head coach position.

"It has been a tough week as obviously we've had the defeat to deal with and then getting the players in the right mindset so I haven't had time to chat to anyone about anything."

On the game itself, Lancaster was buoyant about the young team's future but also the performance of their oldest player, Easter, who was a stand-out.

"Obviously we are delighted to get ten tries. I thought Uruguay defended well and we kept our patience and shape. Continuity was tough in the first-half because the penalty count was so high, but obviously they got a yellow card and in the second-half I thought we scored some nice tries," he said.

"Nick was fantastic. What it takes to win big games in international rugby is balance in your side and ball carriers are needed like Nick. What he did tonight really helped the side's shape as if you have not got that then you cannot create the space for the ball players, so to speak.

"He belied his age at 37."

The head coach and captain Chris Robshaw were both warmed by the support they received in Manchester as England went on the road for the first time in this Rugby World Cup.

"Even from just getting off the bus to the game I thought the reaction after a difficult week was good for the boys," he said.

"It's given them a lift and confidence to know that the country's still behind them which is important going forward. It was exactly how we wanted to sign off."

Robshaw added: "It's phenomenal. We were probably unsure what to expect coming up here playing away from Twickenham but the support has been phenomenal throughout the tournament.

"All the support we've had has been fantastic. I don't think the fans could have done any more for us tonight."

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