Stoppages an issue for Farrell

Date published: September 21 2015

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Owen Farrell is eager to use England's 'superior' conditioning as a weapon in the ongoing Rugby World Cup.

However, the fly-half indicated that the constant stoppages for the television match official during their opening match against Fiji did not help their cause. The six TMO stoppages allowed for over ten minutes of rest for the Fijians on Friday.

"There was a lot of ball out-of-play time so we didn't really get going as a team which I thought was tough, but that is due to the circumstances," the 23-year-old said.

"I think the ball out-of-play time maybe took it out of us at times. Once we got going again I thought it was good again.

"We want to keep the ball in play for as long as we can, we want to play rugby, we want to make the decisions and we want to stay infield as much as we can. I'm sure there are other teams that want to do that as well.

"It's the start of a massive tournament and there were a few stoppages that slowed the game down. They are trying to get as many decisions right as possible and that takes a bit more time. As the tournament goes on there will probably be a bit more feel for how the game is going and it will probably speed up a bit."

England will face Wales on Saturday in another mouth-watering clash in the "pool of death". Farrell believes his forwards will be more than a match for the Welsh.

"We can match Wales physically in the forwards… we back ourselves up front against anybody," added the Saracens pivot.

"These are the games that you love playing in. We'll build it up nicely this week and make sure that we are ready for it. It will always be a case that the front-row lads will be looking at the set piece inside out to perform at the weekend."

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