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Re: England Subs
Posted by: DOK
Date: 27/02/2012 09:33
Brian Moore "England let down by poor substitutions against Wales"


The replacements who came on for England gave away a kickable penalty (Matt Stevens); ran sideways, then threw a poor pass that ended with a penalty (Ben Youngs) and lost the ball in contact for the winning score (Courtney Lawes).

If Lee Dickson was not injured then the decision to replace him with Youngs was at best questionable because Youngs has not looked at his best – which is very good – for some time. You have to ask what Lancaster thought Youngs could do that Dickson had not or could not.

If, as I suspect, the change was pre-planned or simply followed current thinking, then it was the wrong call and this sort of ‘auto-swap’ needs rethinking.

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