Steve Borthwick is to urgently examine England’s behavior of fading that has been evident in his two matches in cost, figuring out it may depart his gamers with regrets.
England threw away a 20-12 lead with half an hour remaining of their Guinness Six Nations opener towards Scotland and had been additionally one level in entrance heading into the ultimate 10 minutes, earlier than finally falling 29-23.
Borthwick’s facet additionally misplaced the second half 14-12 towards Italy, with pressure hanging within the Twickenham air till Henry Arundell produced a slick end within the 71st minute to quell the Azzurri rebellion.
England head coach Steve Borthwick speaks after his facet beat Italy at Twickenham within the Six Nations
England face a fraught journey to Cardiff subsequent adopted by clashes with the world’s two finest groups in France and Eire, with Borthwick making a precedence of figuring out why they’re susceptible within the second half.
“At eight factors up I’d count on to win that recreation towards Scotland, mentioned Borthwick, who changed the sacked Eddie Jones in December. “There was one other level we had been 4 factors up and we let it slip.
“As we transfer ahead with this workforce, as we coach and perceive, we will likely be debriefing these issues actually totally so we do not let these alternatives slide. You’ll be able to’t rewind the clock. I talked about my regrets as a participant and I do not need these gamers to have regrets.
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“We let one slip towards Scotland and we made certain we totally debriefed it to study from it. Towards Italy, there was a interval late within the recreation the place we let momentum get away from us. I actually need to know why it occurred and the way it occurred.
“We won’t hold letting groups have momentum late in video games towards us. Clearly we let Italy out of their half, which is strictly what occurred towards Scotland. Methods take time.”
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England ‘a bit behind’ Eire and France
On the day earlier than England’s pack bullied their Italian counterparts, Eire and France fought out a seismic title conflict in Dublin that noticed a ball-in-play time of 46 minutes.
Andy Farrell’s males got here out on high and are destined to reach on the World Cup later this yr as the worldwide recreation’s primary ranked workforce, whereas France have the expertise to make sure the setback is barely momentary.
“It was an unbelievable Take a look at match,” Borthwick mentioned, having watched the match. “The usual of these groups is phenomenal. If you should use this four-year cycle rather well, you need to be in state of affairs proper now and they’re. When you have a look at them they’re robust. We’re a bit behind them.
“I am unable to inform you how a lot, however we’re behind them. I am unable to do something about the place they’re however we’re going to work actually exhausting to catch up as quick as we are able to.”
Borthwick inherited a workforce that endured a dismal 2022, leading to Jones being eliminated as head coach, and he insists there isn’t a fast-track to success.
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“We’re going to do one of the best we are able to to be nearly as good as we might be. This can be a means of a rebuild,” he mentioned. “I get the sense that folks recognise this can be a rebuild, I get a way they recognise there may be lots to do right here and we have to construct some strengths right here.
“The gamers have come by means of a tricky time and I’m asking them to do issues differently and exit on the sector and convey their strengths. I felt that towards Italy they began to embrace that. Final week there was a reticence to essentially bounce proper in. That’s what I need them to do.”
England head to Cardiff on Saturday February 25 to face a struggling Wales who’re but to get a win on this yr’s championship (4.45pm). For Italy, a house conflict awaits towards Grand Slam hopefuls Eire (2.15pm).