Ahead of the last Autumn International against Samoa, George Ford believes England have shown a sense of versatility during this series.
In the first test vs Argentina, the Red Roses – despite a 21-8 victory – were criticised by many for an ugly performance, with Eddie Jones saying that ‘he doesn’t care how they win’.
It wasn’t all singing and dancing for England, demonstrating the robustness shown in the Argentina win, ending the first half 6-6 courtesy of two Owen Farrell Penalties.
England were aware of the Wallabies’ form approaching the match, overcoming Japan and Wales in week 1 and 2 respectively, with Ford hinting that last week’s display expressed intelligence.
“We were in a good position at half-time but it was always going to be a close game for long periods, he said.
“We wanted to defend well and we wanted to force errors; we didn’t really want to play too much rugby as it was hard in the conditions.
“We had to get to a stage in the game where we could try and pull away a little bit and as soon as we got that score to go seven ahead, we put our foot on the pedal.”
Courtney Lawes was in a similar frame to Ford, stating the game was ‘one of the toughest I’ve played’.
Samoa are currently at a different level to the Aussies, having lost their only Autumn International encounter 44-38 away to Scotland.
They also haven’t beaten the red and whites in any of their previous seven encounters which will have England confident of ending the series with a win at Twickenham.
But, if Samoa do come to London and try to play their opponents off the field, don’t be surprised to see the home side alter their tactics to achieve victory.