England captain Chris Robshaw has called on his team build on the momentum gained from their victory over Australia at Twickenham.
England captain Chris Robshaw has called on his team build on the momentum gained from Saturday's victory over Australia at Twickenham.
While the 20-13 success was far from England's best performance during the Stuart Lancaster era, it was their first win against the Wallabies since the coach took over at the helm and a significant psychological blow against their 2015 World Cup group rivals.
With Argentina next on the menu on Saturday before the much-anticipated showdown with the All Blacks, the England skipper – who scored his first try against Australia – hopes his team can continue their sequence of eight wins in nine matches.
“We've come a long way in 12 months. This was time for us to kick on and start getting scalps like Australia's,” said Robshaw.
“A lot of us in this group had never beaten Australia before, myself included. It's a great memento for us.
“First and foremost this was about getting the win. There was a bit of rustiness there but that performance stands us in good stead for Argentina.
“There was always going to be a bit of rust there and that game was exactly what was needed.
“Many of us had played in big Heineken Cup games recently, but we wanted to step up a gear because that what Test rugby is – it's about that intensity.”
England overturned a 13-6 half-time deficit as Robshaw and Owen Farrell touched down and the skipper was delighted by the hosts' fighting spirit.
“The character of the squad was outstanding,” said Robshaw.
“To come from seven points down against a very good Australia team who know how to score points… our defence was spot on.
“Besides their try I don't think they got in our 22 that often and that's down to our huge belief.
“It was about building pressure and momentum. We lost it in the latter parts of the first half. We talked about that at half time and came out all guns blazing.
“Our response to their try was exceptional. All the guys really put their hands up and wanted to give the crowd something to cheer about.
“We started quite well but lost a bit of momentum going into the second quarter.”
22-year-old Farrell missed three successive penalties but kept his calm to score the winning try, much to the delight of his captain.
“That's the belief in of the guy. He's a credit to the squad and has that never-say-die attitude,” said Robshaw.
“He took his try fantastically well. It was about building pressure at that stage.
“We'd managed to get some momentum and territory and it the end it told with his try.”