Try-scoring England centre Fraser Dingwall believes their hard-fought 16-14 win against Wales will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the Six Nations.
The Red Rose will go into the first fallow week of the Championship with two victories out of two after beating Italy in Round One and the Welsh at Twickenham.
Both have been narrow results, but Dingwall sees the positives in grinding out the wins as they await a Six Nations run-in against Scotland, Ireland and France.
Key try from Dingwall
Dingwall, who crossed the whitewash for a crucial try on Saturday, insists belief is growing in the squad as fresh ideas begin to bed in from the coaching group.
“This result against Wales will give us a massive boost because it shows that if we put on to the pitch what we want, then we can beat teams,” the centre revealed.
“In the first half we didn’t get the outcomes but we stuck at it, so we can go into each game with that intent to stick at what we want to do and knowing that if we do that, we’ll be OK.”
England started the game at Twickenham in impressive style before they lost both Ollie Chessum and Ethan Roots to the sin bin early in the game as Wales struck.
A penalty try and Alex Mann’s score put them in control before Ben Earl powered over, and then after the break, Dingwall scored, and George Ford slotted a penalty.
“We actually did a lot right in the first 10 minutes, and then the momentum swung against us, and we didn’t really get anything,” Northampton centre Dingwall said.
“We put on the pitch what we wanted, we just didn’t get the outcomes, and that’s what frustrated us.
“We stuck at how we wanted to play and then the rewards started to come our way and we were able to turn that into points.”
England’s superior kicking game and forward effort late in the match proved key as Dingwall went over for an emotional try which he admits is a “bit of a blur”.
“Essentially, the forwards were battering the door down and created space, so we as backs just had to pick it off,” he said.
Emotions were crazy
“I just managed to put myself on the edge. I kept Elliot Daly inside me, knowing the ball would end up with me and I could hopefully get the score.
“It’s all bit of a blur but the emotions that ran through me after were crazy, everything came out of me.
“It’s unbelievable. These whole couple of weeks have been unbelievable. To get the win as a group and to score as well has been a whirlwind.”