Rolland is a dire Ref, so anti English. Walsh missed the scrum feed re-set at the start & their hooker did not ground the ball with control surely. Some of the calls against England suggest pathological bias.
Why the delay with the Youngs first try?, why no penalty try awarded?.
Thought the Tigers lads did OK, Ben excellent & Toby fine, Manu not enough ball to carry to the heart of defence of SA. Thought Parling wobbled a bit but finished better & pleased for TTTE that he got some go forward, but a couple of physical battles lost with Wingers!(Perhaps Ashton & Strettle should look more closely at what Peiterson & Habana do!).
Some negatives around Lancaster, I think his 'pride in the shirt' honeymoon is well over. Showed he is out of his depth & bringing on Dickson at the end, madness!. Why was Farrell introduced to chase a game?. Morgan, did he play today?.
Back to the drawing board with selection & preparation, shows what a poor decision it was to hire Lancaster. We needed a tough South African(or other Southern national), someone streetwise to help us through this period & to the next World Cup.
Still the new RFU CEO will deliver excellent 'stakeholder value', great profit streams, Twickenham will be redeveloped to be a 'entertainment centre for concerts/Conferences etc, based on its history & heritage, just like he did at Wimbledon.
Of course an 'English' player never won there either.
There is the nucleus of a great side in there. I don't think SL is the coach to bring it out because he never has been there. I would back Cockers to do a far better job, or indeed several other managers including Nigel Davies, Lyn Jones, Uncle Tom Cobley, the manager of Burntwood RFC, me even
Cockers has reportedly signed up at Tigers til Summer 2015. Wonder if that's cunning timing on his part, so that he can pick up the England job after that, if(when) it all ends in tears / gnashing of teeth, about 4 weeks into RWC 2015.
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