Wilson wants sweet victory

Date published: November 26 2014

England tighthead David Wilson is determined to end the Test month on a high when they take on Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

England tighthead prop David Wilson is determined to end the Test month with a victory when they face off with Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Wilson has started in the recent defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa and admits that a positive result this weekend would be huge.

“We’ve played some quality sides in New Zealand and South Africa and we’re disappointed to have lost,” Bath tighthead Wilson told Sky Sports.

“The pressure is on to win every international, but if we beat Australia it would make the autumn a lot sweeter.

“We’ve performed well but haven’t done well enough to be on the right side of the scoreboard.

“Beating Samoa will have eased the nerves a bit and the longer you’re in camp together the better you get to know each other.

“The Rugby Championship teams touring here have been together for three months now, which helps them.

“Now we’ve had that time together we have more of a club feel and things get easier to sort out.”

As is the case before all England versus Australia fixtures, the scrum has been a focal point of the build-up. But Wilson says the visitors are under-rated in that area and will challenge.

“Australia are very good tacticians at the scrum. They’ll come up with anything to get the edge. I’m sure they’ll have a few tricks up their sleeves,” he added.

“They’re not a weak side at the set piece, they’re no mugs. They’ll be well drilled. They scrummaged well in parts against Ireland and Wales and I’m sure they’ll give us a good run for our money.

“You target the set piece in every single game because you want to starve them of as much ball as possible. Australia are a good side with the ball in hand.

“We can’t take a backwards step and think it’s an easy day at the office because if we do we’ll get stuffed.

“We’ve been quite consistent at the set-piece so far and that’s what we’ll keep striving to do. You can’t win an international with 50 per cent set piece, so we will have to be right up there.”